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Cheers! Jon’s plan for Harborough’s first micropub

Harborough could get its first micropub this year, if former off-licence manager Jon Pollard gets his way

Harborough could get its first micropub this year, if former off-licence manager Jon Pollard gets his way

 

Fancy a quiet little drink? Well the place to go could be a quiet little pub.

And Harborough could get its first micropub this year, if former off-licence manager Jon Pollard gets his way.

Mr Pollard – also known to Mail readers as occasional Mail columnist Hippy Jon – is currently searching for a shop or similar in Harborough that could accommodate a small-scale public house.

The mini-pub would probably cater for no more than 30 customers at a time.

Mr Pollard thought he had identified a site in the town centre for his venture, but that plan has fallen through.

Now he is on the lookout for a new site for his pub, which would be called The Beerhouse.

Anyone who knows of a suitable shop site can contact Mr Pollard via his Facebook page, at the end of this article.

“It would be the first micro-pub in the Harborough area,” said Mr Pollard.

“I’ve run a couple of off-licences in the past, but never a pub. It’s been a dream of mine to have a small pub for a long time.”

The Micropub Association is an official body, founded in 2012, which now has more than 50 registered Micropubs in England.

According to the association’s website, a micropub is “a small freehouse which listens to its customers, mainly sells cask ales, promotes conversation, shuns all form of electronic entertainment and dabbles in traditional pub snacks”.

Mr Pollard said: “The idea of a micropub is that you can open it in any sort of premises. They’re nearly all in old shops.

“A micropub is a really small community pub, where locals get together to chat and read and relax.

“If you go back long enough, almost every street had one. A lot of pubs have got too big, and they sell too much rubbish.

“Then you put in music and TV and their expenses go through the roof. There’s still a big market for that sort of pub, but a micropub isn’t like that.

“It’s a place for a drink and a chat, and it’s a social hub.”

Mr Pollard says he hopes to spend less than £20,000 getting his small pub up and running.

The prospective pub already has its own Facebook page.

 

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