…and the wheels are in motion!
Since leaving work a year ago I have been working on plans to open a pub that sells only beer from micro-breweries (a micro-pub). No global brands, no hot food, no loud music, no sports TV, gaming machines or karaoke: just local ales poured straight from the cask.
We had several false starts trying to find premises, but in the meantime I went on a cellarkeeping course, obtained my alcohol licence and volunteered at several beer festivals as well as spending practically every spare weekend visiting other micro-pubs, empty properties and prospective neighbourhoods…plus sampling lots and lots of beer (purely for research purposes).
From the start we had our eyes on Urmston which is easy to reach on the train from Manchester city centre plus has a busy high street full of independent shops and a prosperous catchment area. We seriously considered several properties there, but it’s only in the past few weeks that the right one became available. We’ve paid a deposit, we have the keys and we’ve sent off the licence application and planning permission paperwork.
The wheels of bureaucracy grind slowly and it will be July at the earliest before we actually start the refurbishment, but with a bit of luck we’ll be opening in August. We’re calling it the Prairie Schooner Taphouse after the wagons covered in sailcloth which crossed America in pioneer days.
We’ll have a website soon, but you can also track our progress by liking our new Facebook page, while I will also try to continue updating this page with some of technical aspects involved in setting up our operation which we hope is of interest to other potential micropub owners.