PLANS have emerged to open a Micro Pub at Durham railway station.
Middlesbrough-based James Nicoll has applied for planning permission to open The Dunelm Tap in a storage area on the northbound platform.
Drinks would be served from noon to 10pm, seven days a week; and the existing waiting room would be rearranged to provide access to the new bar.
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The plans for the building, in Rowan Yard on Billingham Road, have been met with overwhelming support from real ale drinkers.
The existing building originally dates back to the mid-18th century where it formed part of a blacksmiths yard and a coach/stabling house.
Over the years the building has seen many of its original features altered and its condition is now described as “poor” on the planning application.
But Neal Gray, behind the plans and who already runs The Green Hops Micro Pub in Billingham, has a trump card up his sleeve.
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IT is probably the most secure beer in Hampshire.
A new Micropub has opened on the site of a former Southampton bank – and where better to store the beer than the safe.
The venue which is just 65 square metres is located in Shirley Road and called Overdraft Craft Ale Beer.
The 110-year-old building where it is housed is a former Natwest Bank and Mr Rai has kept some of the sites heritage alive.
The plan was the brainchild of beer and real ale enthusiast Amrik Rai, 55, from Shirley, who hopes it will be a huge hit with punters.
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