Published: 00:01, 01 January 2016
Medway’s latest micropub has welcomed its first customers and the venue’s opening weekend proved so popular it ran out of beer.
The no frills, no gadgets and no loud music approach is proving a hit with those who prefer a quiet pint and a chat to vodka shots and an ear-bashing.
The Flippin’ Frog in Rochester High Street is following that trend, encouraging customers to engage in the art of conversation in an informal, cosy environment and enjoy a beer or cider drawn straight from the cask.
French couple Melanie Royer and her partner Cyril Cypres are behind the new venture but unlike other micropubs, classically trained chef Melanie, 34, serves food.
Ms Royer and Mr Cypres, 44, are regulars of the micropub in Strood, 10:50 From Victoria, which opened earlier this year .
They enjoyed the Strood alehouse so much it made them want to start their own business and when they got a chance to buy the former Pizza Romana takeaway premises, the couple snapped it up and began refurbishment.
Mr Cypres, who works at Walderslade School for Girls, had said the couple love going back to basics but found all that was missing was food.
Ms Royer said: “We opened for the first time and there were people queueing in the street to get in.
“There were so many, some couldn’t get in and came back on Sunday to visit us. In fact, it was so popular we ran out of beer.”
But drinkers shouldn’t be worried, the couple ordered in some more and will be open on New Year’s Eve, Saturday and Sunday although it will be closed on New Year’s Day.
Medway’s first micropub, Past and Present, opened its doors in Skinner Street, Gillingham, in August 2014 followed by the Strood venture in 2015 and another one is planned for Rainham this year.