New 60-seater cafe at Ebrington to be opened by end of September

The front of the newly constructed cafe, which is set to open at Ebrington.
The front of the newly constructed cafe, which is set to open at Ebrington.

The long wait for a permanent cafe at Ebrington is almost over as a new facility will be opened on site by the end of September, Ilex has confirmed.

The purpose-built facility will seat 55 to 60 people and is located at the former stables buildings along the main walkway through Ebrington from the Peace Bridge to St Columb’s Park.

The new cafe at Ebrington.

The new cafe at Ebrington.

The new tenant - who has yet to be revealed- will be offering a breakfast menu with healthy eating options, a kids’ menu, freshly baked treats , as well as a full lunch and snack menu, the ‘Journal’ has learned.

Following the completion of the construction phase, the building will then be handed over to the tenant and operator, who is expected to kit out the interior prior to opening.

The cafe was due to open some time ago but the refurbishment of the stables has been beset by delays after it was discovered the building, which backs onto the historic Star Fort, also had part of its foundations on top of a previously unknown section of the fort.

A spokeswoman for Derry regeneration company Ilex said this section of the Star Fort hadn’t featured on any of the maps from the site.

The back of the new cafe building at Ilex.

The back of the new cafe building at Ilex.

As a result of the discovery, all work on the new cafe had to be suspended to allow the Environment Agency to assess the situation.

The cafe is a long-awaited addition to the facilities and businesses which have set up at Ebrington or which are planning to.

The Walled City Brewery opened its door nearby at Ebrington Square last month, along with the new Creative Hub in Buildings 80 and 81, which formerly housed the Turner Prize.

Last Autumn the Department for Environment relocated its headquarters to the former City of Culture offices at the southern end of the 26-acre former military site. Ilex is also moving from its current location in the city centre to occupy building 83 beside the former Officers’ Mess in the Autumn 2015. The former parade ground has been transformed into the city’s largest public arena, but there has been controversy surrounding the £5m new underground car park, which remains closed to the public.