Couple hopes bar plans continue to be a hit with campers

The Humble Pig bar at Slade Paddock campsite Witcham

Retrospective plans have been submitted to turn an existing garden room into a bar (pictured) at Slade Paddock caravan and camping site in Witcham. - Credit: The Humble Pig

A couple who won permission to expand a village caravan and camping park hope their latest plans can continue to be “a welcomed addition” to the site.   

Trevor and Sallyanne Sulman have submitted a retrospective application to change the use of an existing timber cabin from a garden room into a bar at Slade Paddock, Witcham.   

“It’s become more popular and we get a lot of returning visitors,” said Mr Sulman. 

“I’ve had people from the likes of Scotland and Holyhead to the Midlands come here.” 

Last year the couple, who obtained a license for the bar, were able to serve primarily visitors to the campsite. 

Their latest plans come after Mr and Mrs Sulman successfully applied to increase the number of maximum pitches at Slade Paddock from five to 20 two years ago. 

“We had a pub that was doing nothing and full of rubbish, and in lockdown last year, we spoke about (what to do with) it and got a premises licence,” Mr Sulman said. 

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“We’ve had good feedback from people that have been here, saying it’s a good addition to the campsite.  

“We want to give the campers another option to chill out. It’s another attraction to try and keep the numbers up.” 

Mr Sulman, who ran a pig farm next to the campsite, first thought about running a bar on site in February last year. 

The bar, named The Humble Pig, then opened last May ahead of the delayed Euro 2020 tournament, and received many visitors locally and further afield. 

“We did well because we have a lot of space and with social distancing, we could control that and had table service,” Mr Sulman said. 

A supporting statement says the current proposals for the bar, which holds 10 to 12 people, are “by no means a threat to any local established business”. 

The statement added that the existing building has been “a welcomed addition to the campsite” as it allows visitors and tourists “to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in a large open space with the ability to walk to and from the site”.   

Mr Sulman hopes that he will be able to continue the progress made so far. 

“It’s a good social meeting point,” he added. 

“Our aim is to provide the same service we did for the campers and anyone else who wants to use it.”