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Written by Steve Glennie-Smith   
Thursday, 31 March 2016 10:06

Herefordshire Council has received a planning application (number P160860/F) to turn the former Age Concern office at 38 Bye Street into a micro pub.

As the applicant states in his supporting letter to the Council, these premises were once The White Lion public house.  Notes on Licensed Premises in Ledbury from 1830 onwards I obtained in 1983 from the late H.T. (Ike) Madders confirm this.

The applicant's letter reads:

"A micropub is a small, simple alehouse specialising in beer made by microbreweries. The first micropub opened in Kent over a decade ago and now there are over 200 countrywide with the two in Hereford being the most local.

A micropub is the ultimate freehouse, free of tie means free to choose, with a typical micropub capable of selling hundreds of different beers over the course of a year. The mainstream pubs of Ledbury all focus on provision of food as a principal revenue stream, due mainly to high overheads and brewery ties. Electric music, large screen TV's and fruit machines are also provided to attract custom.

The micropub harks back to the days of exceptional ales and no-frills simplicity, benefitting from lower overhead costs and attention to service and quality. I am proposing to open a micropub which will sell mainly real ale and cider straight from the cask and made by independent local producers, I will also sell bottled craft ales and ciders both as on and offsales as an added retail portion of the business. Without music, fruit machines or television, it will feel like a small country pub despite its town centre location, meaning it will be attractive to discerning drinkers out for a quiet pint or two. The provision of this type of establishment in Ledbury ended when The White Hart in Church Road closed several years ago [Ed: in 2001], and I believe there is the demand for this venture.

The premises is situated a hundred yards off Ledbury High Street at 38 Bye Street, a vacant shop/office premises formerly The White Lion public house (see floor plan drawings). It would make a pleasant change to hear of a pub re-opening than the usual doom and gloom of the pub closures we continually read about! Although a small enterprise it would employ several part-time staff, and of course showcase locally sourced beverages that are not available in supermarkets thereby helping small artisan producers to flourish."

Comments on this application (by email, post or via the Council's website) must be received by Thursday 28th April.

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