Published: 06:00, 16 March 2021
| Updated: 15:57, 16 March 2021
A seaside town’s newest micropub is set for a summer opening - after plans to launch the tavern in a former shop were given the go-ahead.
Firm Bell & Beerling Pubs submitted a bid to convert Household Goods Bought & Sold in Herne Bay High Street into the latest addition to its chain of boozers at the beginning of the year.
And it has this week been given the green light by Canterbury City Council, paving the way for it to start serving cask ale by the time the country comes out of full lockdown on June 21.
Franchiser Max Bell believes the venue, called The Pub Micropub, will “massively” improve that part of the town.
“The area seems to be steadily improving and we like to think we’re part of it," the 20-year-old said.
“We’re going to make the pub look really hip and trendy.
“There’ll be no televisions showing football, or any loud, obnoxious music in there - the main object of the place will be to create conversation.
“Real ale doesn’t attract troublemakers or those looking for a fight. It’ll be a place for those who just enjoy drinking beer.”
But Mr Bell, who believes he could be the country’s youngest landlord, says he and franchisee Richard Yardley are unsure whether to open in May or a month later.
Boris Johnson’s road map says pubs will be able to seat customers observing the rule of six indoors from May 17 at the earliest. All limits on social contact are expected to be lifted no earlier than June 21.
The bar is expected to serve a variety of beers starting from £3, and wines, gins and rums, which Mr Bell says could be the “next big thing”.
“We’re going to start stocking up some interesting rums and colas and mixers to go with it,” he added.
“We’ll also serve alcoholic slushies, which we make in-house. They’re always very popular.
“We haven’t decided yet whether we’re going to open with the rule of six in May or to go for a flat-out opening in June.
“I reckon June is the most likely. It could be worth waiting that extra month to run at full capacity.”
The Pub will be open between 5pm and 10pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and from noon until 11pm on Fridays and weekends.
Bell & Beerling Pubs also secured the lease for Lyfe Lounge in October.
Called The Studio, it is expected to open in June as a live music venue that closes at about 10.30pm each day.
“It will benefit most from having no limits on capacity,” Mr Bell added.
“There’ll be live music, craft beer, bottled real ale and hopefully a really pleasant atmosphere where you can spend an afternoon or evening.”