A restaurant and bar in a busy area of Reading wants to sell alcohol until later each night.

The VEL South Indian Kitchen and Bar specialises in spicy curries, soups, sundries and other authentic dishes from the Subcontinent.

It is located at the end of the Whitley Street shopping area which serves as a hub for people living in Katesgrove and surrounding streets.

The restaurant operators Destination Foods Limited have applied to sell alcohol on and off the premises from 8am to midnight each night.

VEL already sells alcohol such as Kingfisher, IPAs, Guinness and ciders in the restaurant.

The licensing application would allow Destination Foods to sell alcohol until midnight, with the restaurant currently closing at 10pm each night.

The application has been submitted to Reading Borough Council.

You can comment on the application by emailing licensing@reading.gov.uk , with the deadline for representation being reached on Friday, December 1.

VEL was opened at 73 Whitley Street by the Summer of 2018. The restaurant unit Destination Foods took over was previously occupied by Cafe Madras.

The restaurant is located opposite the Whitley Pump roundabout and the Reading Hindu Temple, which used to be a Methodist chapel until the building's conversion in 1997.