Micro pub selling local ales proposed for Weston town centre

Garment could be converted into a micro pub.

Garment could be converted into a micro pub. - Credit: Archant

A clothes shop in Weston-super-Mare could be converted into a micro pub.

A planning application has been submitted to change the use of the shop in High Street from retail to a drinking establishment.

The building, near The Playhouse and Grove Park, is used for the Garment clothes shop, and Claire Howe has applied to North Somerset Council to change it to a micro pub.

The application says: “The applicants wish to open a micro pub on the premises (not to be confused with a micro brewery).

“As the name suggests a micro pub is small and focuses on a small range of high quality local products.

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“The proposed micro pub will sell quality local cask ale (with occasional quality guest ales from further afield) straight from the cask. A small range of local ciders, soft drinks and bar snacks will also be available.

“A good number of local micro breweries now exist in North Somerset and it is the intention to work with these local suppliers as well as working with small independent breweries in Bristol.”

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The applicants say they already have close ties to Twisted Oak Brewery, a micro brewery in Wrington.

They intend to supply the micro pub with Twisted Oak beers, if it gains planning permission, and also raise the profile of real ales in the area.

It would have shorter opening hours than traditional pubs, and would close by 10pm.

The application says it would also be quiet, as it would not have electronic entertainment. The owners intend for it to have as little waste as possible.

The applicants said: “The location of the premises will help attract additional customers to the other local shops, further enhancing the distinctiveness and diversity of retailers on Weston’s high street.

“In our opinion the proposal should be judged on the ethos of the operational style, not purely as a standard public house, which it is not.

“It should be viewed as a specialist purveyor of local cask ale, cider and a few traditional bar snacks.”

The application has received six supportive comments on the council’s planning portal.

It is available to view by searching for application number 18/P/3435/FUL at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/planning

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