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Builders at work in historic listed Bishop's Stortford restaurant Gourmeturk

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The Gourmeturk restaurant in the historic former Boar's Head inn is closing permanently after four years.

The High Street eatery opened on February 1, 2017, and was managed by Turgay Aslan. Companies House records show that private registered company Gourmet Turk Ltd was dissolved via compulsory strike-off on October 23, 2018. Mr Aslan is now registered as a director of Takeaway-StNeots Ltd.

The restaurant and cocktail bar's time in the town was troubled.

The Gourmeturk opened only on February 1, 2017
The Gourmeturk opened only on February 1, 2017

In February 2020, just before the first coronavirus lockdown began, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) served a prohibition notice under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 because "we are of the opinion that use of this premises involves, or will involve, a risk to relevant persons so serious that its use ought to be prohibited or restricted".

In March this year, East Herts Council granted planning permission for retention of a new floor surface to maximise the dining area on the first floor of the grade II listed building and agreed the reinstatement of partitions, a staircase and ceiling which had been removed without planning permission. On Thursday (May 13) builders were working upstairs.

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Gourmeturk in the 15th-century former Boar's Head. Pic: Vikki Lince
Gourmeturk in the 15th-century former Boar's Head. Pic: Vikki Lince

In August last year, Mr Aslan submitted and then withdrew a planning application to retain the internal changes and use part of the pub's car park to create a raised timber deck with railings and pergola. The proposals also included three sunshades, external lighting and heaters.

The premises date from the 15th century, when it was probably originally Church House for St Michael's across the road and first used for the brewing of church ales, an early form of fundraising. In 1630 it was first recorded as an inn and by the mid-17th century diarist Samuel Pepys was a regular.

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