Number of ‘micropubs’ on the High Street set to soar as shops close down
While shops and pubs are closing, the high street is seeing a boom in a new type of venue – the ‘micropub’ opening in former shop premises.
The number of UK micropubs is predicted to jump from just 15 in January 2013 to 100 by the end of this year according to the Micropub Association, a new advice forum for entrepreneurs.
Its website lists 68 premises, up by 28 this year, and defines a micropub as ‘a small freehouse which listens to its customers, mainly serves cask ales, promotes conversation, shuns all forms of electronic entertainment and dabbles in traditional pub snacks’.
The pubs have emerged in premises ranging from a former Post Office to a barber’s and butcher’s. They include Ales of the Unexpected in Margate, former hairdresser’s Hair of the Dog, in Minster, The Barber’s Arms, Wye, and Four Candles, Broadstairs, all in Kent.
Martyn Hillier, founder of the first micropub – The Butcher’s Arms in Herne Bay, Kent, which opened in 1995 – and founder of the association, launched an accreditation system last week, allowing micropubs to pledge a commitment to its values.