Old dispensary / library reading room to become restaurant / bar

November 28, 2018

Former Dispensary
There has been a planning application P18/V2127/LB since August to turn 23 High Street into a new bar / restaurant. The premises was used for many years by Smiths the Chemist. The rear area was also used as a reading room by Abingdon Library.

Work is underway in renovating the basement and ground floor. The planning application says there has been flooding in the basement which will be tanked so that it can be used for storage and a restaurant area. The dispensary area will become the kitchen, and a modern flat roofed area to the rear will become an enclosed smoking area.
Former Dispensary
The lantern, above the former Abingdon Library reading room, at the back is an interesting feature.

The plans say no major changes will be done to the front view from the High Street apart from installing stronger glass.

Smiths left the premises in April 2016 and were renamed as Avicenna Pharmacy, and took over the premises of a former pub in Stert Street, Abingdon. Abingdon Library left the back of the premises in the 1976, and moved to the Charter, Abingdon.

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6 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. ppjs  |  November 28, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Are enclosed smoking areas legal these days? Just asking ;-)

  • 2. ColinB  |  November 29, 2018 at 10:07 am

    Next door to The Narrows. Hopefully cater for a different market.

  • 3. Daniel  |  November 29, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    …and opposite Stan James that is also becoming a restaurant?

  • 4. Geoff Bailey  |  November 30, 2018 at 8:41 am

    A few more restaurants won’t do any harm. What about a few more independent shops?

  • 5. Iain  |  November 30, 2018 at 9:35 am

    One less bookie is no loss

  • 6. Daniel  |  December 1, 2018 at 1:20 am

    Indeed Iain; two restaurants opening….what are the odds!

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