EXCITING new plans for a pub in the heart of Gloucester Docks have finally been revealed.
Gloucester Brewery wants to convert the former Bridge House in Llanthony Road next door to its base in to a haven for real ale fans.
Gloucester City Council officials are considering applications for planning permission to make the change, which if granted would mean the award-winning brewery could have its own beer on tap in a prime spot in the Docks.
Jared Brown, owner of the brewery, said the plans are at an early stage. “Obviously we are excited about the prospect of opening our own brewery tap in the building adjoining the brewery,” he said.
“However, we are still very much in the early stages and this is an exploratory application to give us a good idea of what might be possible.
“We have not yet signed a lease agreement with the landlord, the Canal and River Trust.
“Also the old Bridge House is a Grade II listed building so we are working closely with the council planning and conservation officers to ensure any potential works that are carried out conserve the original style and character of the property.”
The old Bridge House, built in 1852, is next to the Llanthony Road swing bridge, opposite the outlet shopping centre.
Since the Docks went in to decline, then rebirth around 10 years ago, there have been calls for more pubs there.
For many years only the Tall Ships in Southgate Street, and Dr Fosters in the Docks offered drinkers a chance to enjoy a pint in that area.
The Sir Colin Campbell pub on the edge of the docks closed around three years ago, and The Waterfront in Merchants Road shut in 1998.
But there are plans for a micro pub at the corner of Southgate Street and Llanthony Road, and Marston’s pub the High Orchard opened 18 months ago in St Ann Way.
Inn The Round Trading Ltd has applied for permission to convert the former Cash-It building at what was the Spa traffic lights junction in to a micro pub.
Richard Fox of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation has already backed Gloucester Brewery’s plans.
“ The expanding brewery holds the promise of manufacturing growth and increased employment opportunities in Gloucester and should be encouraged however possible,” he said.