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Micropub to open in Westgate Towers

Micropub to open in Westgate Towers

A Micropub is set to open in Canterbury and it will be situated in possibly one of the most unique buildings in the city.

Stephen Allen, co-owner of The Pound bar in Westgate Towers, sent a planning application to Canterbury City Council last month, asking for permission to convert the South Drum Tower of the Westgate Towers into a Micropub.

The former Second World War communications post is situated within the tower closest to Westgate Gardens and will be transformed into a Micropub appropriately called ‘The Comms Room’ if the application is granted.

The South Drum Tower of the Westgate Towers has been used for general storage for a number of decades, hidden from the public.

But now it will be transformed into a micropub and event space, with seating space for up to ten punters at a time.

The application states that the space will be sympathetically returned to use and that none of the original details will be removed. Instead these features will be cleaned to allow the original space to be enjoyed.

The tower has Second World War features including original benches, coat hooks and a unique atmosphere.

Highlights of the restoration will be the opening up of the original full height of the drum tower, currently covered with temporary chip board ceiling panels and revealing the original wartime features.

One Pound Lane operate the popular bar in the old city gaol and since opening its doors in late 2014, and The Pound has become one of the city’s trendiest nightspots.

As well as a bar, the site also offers tickets for people to explore the battlements of the Westgate Towers next door. The plans have yet to go before a planning committee and a date for the meeting has not yet been set by the council.

This article is courtesy of Kent & Sussex Courier. The link to their page can be found here