A QUIET one-room micro-pub that shuts its doors at 8pm could soon be opening in Greenhill Street, the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon's nightclubbing scene.
Bill O'Brien, who lives in Shottery Road, Stratford, wants to bring beer drinking back to basics.
He got the idea after he and his wife Debbie spent the last couple of summer holidays in Kent, home to the majority of the UK’s 30 micro-pubs and where the concept first emerged.
Bill explained: “We intend to return to basics and get back to the traditional one-room local. No hot food, no lager, no television, no music, gaming machines, or children.
"All of our cask ales will be locally-sourced from the smaller breweries wherever possible.”
It’s a far cry from the dance music, shots, and alco-pops of Chicago Rock and Maison, the nightclubs on the same street.
Instead, beer will be on stillages, served straight from the barrel via gravity with no gas or line contamination.
As well as three ales, a couple of session beers, and a cider or two, there will also be a selection of wines and dry snacks like pork pies.
He’s even picked a simple traditional name for his micro-pub, the Stratford Alehouse.
Bill hopes to set up the pub in one of the empty shops in Greenhill Street.
He said: “With all due respect to Stratford's town centre hostelries, due to excessive taxation they’ve had to change direction in order to thrive.
"This has resulted in the fact that they’re now mostly restaurants that just happen to sell expensive beer.”
He’s confident that he can price all the drinks at £3, and offer discounts to paid-up Camra (Campaign for Real Ale) members.
In his application to Stratford District Council, Bill has asked to open between 11am-8pm Monday to Saturday and 11pm-6pm on Sundays.
He said the reason behind such an early finish was to avoid any potential objections from the police.
“I would’ve liked to have the option of an extra hour or two but, once established, we could maybe apply for a variation,” he said.
“In the meantime I'm confident we can drum up enough custom from railway passengers, office workers, locals, tourists, and Camra members during the current proposed hours.”
The council is due to make a decision on Bill’s application in November.
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