AN application has been made to turn a former cafe into a pub.

If approved, The Curious Mr Fox at The Riverwalk, in Durham, will be the latest drinking establishment in the city.

The company has been advertising at the unit, on Framwellgate Bridge, which was last occupied by Mediterranean cafe and bakery Ciao Ciao, for some weeks but needs to secure permission for a change of use from restaurant to bar.

Applicant Milburngate (Durham) Ltd has also asked to make external alteration to make it look more like a traditional pub, with a sash window and new signs.

Reports submitted on the company's behalf by Lichfields say: "The proposals will replace underutilised space in the centre of the city to provide a livelier use and more attractive frontage onto Framwellgate Bridge.

"The design will restore historic features and introduce signage that will enhance the conservation area and make a positive contribution to the surrounding heritage assets."