Planning application submitted for former Crosspool restaurant

Planning application submitted for former Crosspool restaurant premisis

Greencross Chemists Ltd has submitted a planning application to make alterations to the empty Aligarh resturant premisis in Crosspool shopping precinct.

Diagrams as part of application 17/05164/FUL appear to show a pharmacy-style green cross sign on the outside of the Sandygate Road building. A roof would be erected over the rear yard in order to use the ground floor as a cafe, with a yoga/pilates/wellbeing studio planned for the first floor. The plans also indicate the extension of the frontage to form a ‘street corner feature’.

View planning application 17/05164/FUL


Crosspool Hardware shop shuts it doors

Crosspool Hardware
Crosspool Hardware

At 2pm this afternoon Crosspool Hardware closed for good.

The shop’s stock had been on sale at a reduced rate over the last couple of weeks and trading finally ceased earlier today.

The owners of the business tried to sell it as a going concern but weren’t able to. They’re now moving away from the area.

The shop will undoubtedly be missed by local residents. Its closure leaves another empty unit in the precinct, with the former Aligarh restaurant still standing empty since it shut 12 months ago.

Aligarh restaurant in Crosspool ceases trading

Aligarh restaurant has closed
Aligarh restaurant has closed

Crosspool restaurant Aligarh has ceased trading.

The Indian restaurant opened last October but appeared to be closed over the weekend, with a sign in the window stating it had ceased trading and apologising for any inconvenience caused. A cookery masterclass was due to take place today.

A spokesperson for the business said a statement would be issued in a few days. As of Sunday night, there was no mention of the closure on the restaurant’s website.

Another customer had a big party booked and when they turned up the place was shut and in darkness. Someone else said: “It’s so sad, I thought they would do well.”

Updated 5 October 2015:

This statement has been issued:

It is with great sadness and regret that we have to announce that Aligarh Indian Restaurant in Crosspool has now ceased trading.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly but unfortunately it is a decision we have had to make.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers past and present for their continued support.

We are sure this will be a great disappointment to all our customers and the local community which we served however please rest assured that if we could have avoided the closure we would have.

We sincerely apologise to those customers who have been inconvenienced due to the closure. Thank you for your understanding.

Aligarh cookery school launches with masterclass

On Sunday 26 April Crosspool’s Aligarh Indian restaurant launches its cookery school with a masterclass from chef Jaswant Mehra.

The session includes cookery demonstrations, one-on-one training, recipe cards and buffet.

Tickets are £35 each- call 0114 266 6096 to book.

Aligarh cookery school launches with masterclass
Aligarh cookery school launches with masterclass


Aligarh cookery demonstration and St Columba’s cookery course

Aligarh cookery demonstration

Aligarh Indian restaurant in Crosspool
Aligarh Indian restaurant in Crosspool

On Sunday 8 February Aligarh restaurant chefs will be demonstrating how to cook Chicken Balti, Chana Masala and Pilau Rice at the Crosspool restaurant.

The session takes place 2-4pm and all guests will receive a three course meal, and a complimentary recipe card.

Tickets are £15 each Рcall the restaurant on 0114 266 6096 to book.

St Columba’s cookery course

St. Columba's church, Crosspool
St. Columba’s church, Crosspool

Meanwhile, St Columba’s popular Magnificent Meals for Men cookery course will be returning from Friday 30 January.

The cost for this is £50 for six sessions (£25 in case of financial difficulty), payable by cheque in advance.

Aligarh Indian restaurant opens on Friday

Aligarh Indian restaurant in Crosspool
Aligarh Indian restaurant in Crosspool (picture by Aligarh)

Crosspool’s new Indian restaurant will open on Friday.

The new restaurant, Aligarh, has taken over the old Artisan building on Sandygate Road.

Preview nights have been taking place this week and the owners are now taking bookings for Friday night onwards. You can call 0114 266 6096 to reserve your table.

Their aim is to provide quality food and great service at an affordable price.

Look out for more information and interview with on the website soon.

Aligarh restaurant (Facebook)

Artisan restaurant (Twitter)

Aligarh website (online next week)