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Application approved for Newport’s first Micropub

Application approved for Newport’s first Micropub

A FORMER computer shop in Clytha Park Road, Newport, is to be converted into a Micropub.

The empty shop will become the city’s first-ever ‘micro-pub’, a one-room pub with a focus on locally-produced drinks and no televisions or electronic entertainment, after a planning application was granted.

The application was discussed at a meeting of Newport City Council’s Planning Committee yesterday, Wednesday, where members were generally in favour of the idea, but also raised issues such as a lack of a designated space for smokers.

Stow Hill ward member Cllr Miqdad Al-Nuaimi said: “It’s a nice idea bit it’s in the wrong place.”

But Marshfield ward member Cllr Richard White said: “I don’t think this will have the impact people are afraid of.

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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.

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Micropub approved next to Nursery

Micropub approved next to Nursery

Officials behind proposals for a micropub are raising a glass after their plans were approved.

North Tyneside Council’s planning committee narrowly approved an application to open a micropub inside Monkseaton Metro Station despite strong objection.

More than 1,500 people signed a petition against the proposals, while there were 32 letters of objection. The application also drew 39 letters of support.

The pub is proposing to sell cask ales and bottles of beer and cider, with an outside seating area on the station platform. Officials also stated there would be no electronic devices or gaming machines.

Objectors were concerned about the impact the pub could have on the adjoining nursery while also felt it was out of keeping with the Monkseaton Conservation Area.

Calls were made for the pub to be move to Whitley Bay town centre or change its opening times to when the nursery was closed.

Peter Thompson, of Children’s Choice Nursery, said: “Planning decisions should help economic growth but also consider economical detriment to other businesses.

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The Saxon Bear Micropub opens its doors

The Saxon Bear Micropub opens its doors

A NEW micropub has been opened in Christchurch to much applause from its punters.

The Saxon Bear Ale House – which officially opened its doors on Sunday – has taken over the former Belvoir Residential Lettings office off the Fountain roundabout.

The sister establishment to the Wight Bear Ale House in Southbourne, which opened last June, was formally opened by the former Royal Bath doorman Ron Hands, who acted as the master of ceremonies.

David and Nicola Holland, the company’s owners, welcomed Martyn Hillier to cut the ribbon, which was followed by much applause from customers who had been revelling in the atmosphere from the Christchurch Food Festival earlier that day.

Mrs Holland said: “Micropubs are very new on the block. They are very small pubs and they are filling up empty high street shops. The rules and regulations have made it slightly easier to get a premises licence and they were founded by Mr Hillier.

“He cut the ribbon for us. He opened the first one in Herne in Kent, at an old butchers, which gave it its name, The Butchers Arms.

“They are stripped back to how old pubs used to be,” Mrs Holland added. “There’s no music, no mobile phones (we ask people to put them on silent). It’s about conversation”.

“Most pubs nowadays, there’s a brass plaque on the table and you feel you have to order food. All we do is pork pies, scotch eggs and chutney”

“It’s all about getting people to interact with each other.

“It’s also about real ales and we have no bar, which some people are thrown by when they first walk in. We have a blackboard with a description and the price, served by the Bear Beer Handlers. It’s a different experience.”

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Stroud’s first Micropub

Stroud’s first Micropub

IF a small, intimate Micropub serving only the best cask ales sounds like the perfect drinking environment for you, then Derek Miles could be about to make your dream come true.

The 57-year-old business owner from Brimscombe has launched a planning application to build a Micropub right in the heart of Stroud.

Derek spoke to the SNJ about the growing phenomenon and his vision for the small free house.

“This new breed of pub is very much back to basics,” he said.

“We want to create something really different – a traditional, personal and authentic pub experience for people to come with their friends and enjoy a quiet drink”.

The industrious pair want to start their new business at 21 George Street – which was formerly occupied by the Absolutely Fabulous beauty salon. They are hoping to transform the empty building into a cosy and intimate space, with a small bar offering a “quiet drinking experience”.

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Woman sues Pub for £4.2m

Woman sues Pub for £4.2m

An HR consultant who fractured her wrist tripping over a rope outside one of London’s best-known Gastropubs is suing its owners for £4.2m.

Carmen Mazo, 43, suffered the injury after she stumbled over the boundary of the beer garden at Notting Hill’s The Westbourne Pub, which is run by artist Sebastian Boyle.

She says she would have expected to be earning £700 a day by now if it were not for the 2009 accident. She claims it destroyed her lucrative career and left her with unsightly scars and post-traumatic arthritis. It had also had a devastating impact on her mental health and social life, she claims.

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Rise of the Micro Pub in East Lancashire

Rise of the Micro Pub in East Lancashire

This week I wish to highlight the growth of the locality’s Micro Pub – an alternative type of drinking destination, usually a small free house, devoid of musical entertainment, Sky TV, fizzy lager and gaming machines. It’s a social hub where conversation is paramount.

These type of establishments appear to be opening in most of our local towns – and it leads me to believe that our social drinking habits could be changing.

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Micro Pub plan for Thorngumbald

Micro Pub plan for Thorngumbald

Villagers in Thorngumbald have been campaigning to save the Royal Mail pub after proposals to turn it into a Co-Operative store were revealed.

But planning permission was granted last month, prompting campaigners to look for an alternative place to sup pints.

Now, Paul Smith, licensee of the Royal Mail pub, has submitted plans to turn a former sorting office in the village into a Micro Pub.

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Rail Ale Pub – Durham’s second Micro Pub

Rail Ale Pub – Durham’s second Micro Pub

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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Blacksmith to become Area’s newest Micro Pub

Blacksmith to become Area’s newest Micro Pub

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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