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Plans for new micropub in Gloucester

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 08, 2014

  • The pawn broker on the corner of Southgate Street

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Could this beer sign of Southgate Street hopping on the latest real ale trend to sweep the nation?

A planning application has been submitted for a micro-pub on the corner of Southgate Street and Llanthony Road in the former Cash-It building.

Micropubs are basically what they say on the tin – small pubs often based in former shop units.

They are currently in vogue in the real ale scene and the county already boasts two, one in Newent and one in Coleford, both owned by Ian Jones.

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He said: “When I opened the one in Newent in January last year I think it was the 13th micropub in the country.

“Then just 10 months later when I opened the Coleford one I think it was the 41st in the country.

“They are getting more and more popular and I expect to see a lot more popping up in the next few years.

“The reason for their popularity is the overheads are so much cheaper than running a pub, and there is a lot of freedom as to what you can sell.”

Mr Jones will be selling Cobblers Ale, named after his businesses, this week for the first time at £2 a pint. It will feature alongside other local brews and ales of his choosing.

He added: “I think this is great news for Gloucester, where there is a growing real ale scene.

“So many pubs are closing down so it’s good to see this application has gone in, I wish them all the best.”

Jared Brown, from the nearby Gloucester Brewery based in the Docks, has already tapped up the new owners for business too.

He said: “I think it’s a great idea.

“More and more people are starting to drink real ale and if Gloucester can become a real ale destination that can only be a good thing.

“We are already in talks with the owner who is keen to stock our beers and we wish him every success with this new venture.”

The applicant, Inn The Round Trading Ltd, could not be reached for comment.

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  • jed46  |  January 10 2014, 8:56AM

    It's about time someone shook up the beer scene in Gloucester. After last year's welcome arrival of The Pelican, interest has been aroused amongst people who like their beer, but who too often take their money to some of the better offerings in Cheltenham. This city has for too long been poorly served by the pub companies, particularly the one that owns our historic gems like the Dick Whit and New Inn. The Micro pub concept started in Kent and when i was there recently i counted 18 start ups in the last 5 years. There are no gimmicks in these places. No music or fruit machines. Just good quality ale and cider sold at a reasonable rate, because there are very few overheads and certainly no robbing pub owning company or brewer to pay extortionate rent to. I take my hat off to the people who are embarking on this venture. Next to the docks and on several main bus routes through the city and in a distinctive building and location, its difficult to see, once word gets out, how it will not be a great success. With plans for a Gloucester Brewery Tap in the pipeline and the increased competition having the desired effect on the competitors, maybe Gloucester could become known as an Ale City after too long in the doldrums.

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  • tomvonforest  |  January 09 2014, 3:42PM

    because people are fed up of **** lager and fizzy cider!

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  January 09 2014, 1:55PM

    What's the point in putting a micropub next to a pub?

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  • Willow_Wisp  |  January 08 2014, 8:35PM

    Yep - will certainly pay a visit - hope this goes ahead and is successful.

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  • Salvo2304  |  January 08 2014, 4:45PM

    Great idea, love it. its not the most ideal or desirable location but i wish him well and if everything go's ahead i will pop in.

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