Micro-pub plan for Barrowford

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Pendle could soon have its first micro-pub.

A planning application has been submitted to Pendle Council for a change of use of the former bank and toy shop at the bottom of Pasture Lane, Barrowford, for a micro-pub.

Micro-pubs are a modern-day establishment serving cask conditioned real ales, ciders, wines and bottled beers from around the world and local micro-breweries.

There is no food, televisions, music, pool tables, dart boards or gaming machines, and they do not serve lager or keg beers.

The application has been made by Blackburn woman Tracey Holden and will be determined by council planning officers using delegated powers.

She said: “After 28 years of working in financial services, I have decided to follow my dream of running a people orientated business and open a micro-pub.

“It has taken me over six months to find the perfect spot and have applied for change of use at the the old bank.

“It is a lovely building and will make a great venue, bringing something new to Pendle.

“I really hope it will be a place that people can get together for a chat over a quality pint.

“The ales will change regularly, so it will be like going to a beer festival every week.

“As well as supporting local micro-breweries, I also aim to serve wines from up-and-coming vineyards and will not be stocking the big brands usually found in supermarkets.

“Once I am established, I hope to expand my product lines to sell real ales from around the world and aim to be the place in Pendle where people come to try something new.”

Mrs Holden said if her planning application is approved, the new micro-pub would open between 5pm and 9pm Tuesdays to Thursdays, noon to 11pm Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 9pm on Sundays.

The first micro-pub in the country opened in 2005 and started the boom in the micropub concept in Kent.

They are now spreading around the country and one – the Beer Shack – recently opened in Manchester Road, Burnley.