Where it all began...
The Tarka Diners existing building is located within Nutaberry Works which is formally part of the Vanstone building. The Tarka Diner building was formally an old bungalow directly adjacent to the Vanstone Yard.
The Tarka Diner ethos is to transform what was the run-down yard and bungalow to create local opportunity for smaller enterprises within the Torridge District. Subsequently we have now managed to create new enterprise opportunities from within the current yard. These are all new start up companies, Tarka Scaffolding, Tarka Tool Hire & Tarka Reclamation services as well as housing another local building contractor G.D Ford Builders which will all run alongside the Tarka Diner.
We have begun to improve the local amenity's from new security fencing, scrub clearance, compliant waste removal to land and yard building improvements. This is in the hope we can make a significant improvement on what was a run-down area with very little opportunity to transform and create locally based jobs.
The Tarka Diner...
With the significant improvements to the yard and creating locally based jobs within the new enterprises opportunities this has left the bungalow now segregated from the main site.
The said bungalow which has most recently been used for commercial office space is in a dilapidated state and is also not in a location which would be fitting for a residential bungalow, the idea is to transform this in to a diner to help bring additional improvement and amenity to this part of Torridge focusing on three main core elements: rejuvenation of this area, local tourism & local job creation.
We are hoping to cater for early morning trade to the industrial estate and local trade’s people a visiting Jewson’s every morning. In addition to this trade there are many deliveries in to this small industrial estate so the diner would also act a resting and refreshment destination as well as catering for the other business on the estate and surrounding areas.
We also aim to cater for the local tourism trade, as part of the main plan it is the intention to create an access way directly opposite the diner an on to the Tarka Trail, this would ensure that there is a suitable refreshment and resting place for cyclists, walkers and all Tarka Trail based activities. This would also an ideal location for a refreshment stop between Fremington and Torrington. Whilst creating this access would ensure that the current run down and overgrown picnic area on the far side of the Tarka Trail directly opposite access location is maintained to a high standard as this is currently unattended and well overgrown. The stairway, cycle board access would also have a landing area with picnic tables and secure cycle racking. It is envisaged that the diner could service the Tarka Trail traffic 7 days a week throughout the year.