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Posh fish and chip shop to open in Hampstead this month

PUBLISHED: 15:00 16 January 2014

Villa Bianca owner Rinaldo Mollura (right) with Lord Melvyn Bragg. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Villa Bianca owner Rinaldo Mollura (right) with Lord Melvyn Bragg. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

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Posh fish and chips are coming to Hampstead.

Last week, Camden Council approved proposals from restaurateur Rinaldo Mollura to open Fish Cafe in Hampstead High Street.

It follows opposition to the plans from the Heath and Hampstead Society which raised concerns about “pungent and obtrusive smells”.

But Labour peer Lord Melyvn Bragg, 74, who has lived in Hampstead for more than 40 years, spoke out in support of the new venture – insisting Hampstead needed more “smart-casual restaurants” like the Fish Cafe.

Mr Mollura, 58, owner of well-known Italian restaurant Villa Bianca, in Perrin’s Court, said: “I’m very, very pleased about the planning permission. There will be fried, steamed and grilled fish. It will be a very nice menu.”

He hopes to open the Fish Cafe on the former site of Base restaurant by the end of the month.

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