Cheers! Residents raise a toast to idea of a micropub in the High Street

March 31 2017

'A GREAT asset to an up and coming area' - that's the verdict of one of the many supporters of plans to set up a trendy micropub in the heart of Fishponds.

'A GREAT asset to an up and coming area' - that's the verdict of one of the many supporters of plans to set up a trendy micropub in the heart of Fishponds.
Fishponds resident David Sibley wants to turn the old Osborne Stationers into a drinking establishment with a difference.
Micropubs have started sprouting up across the country, offering customers locally sourced beers as well as handmade ciders, wines, soft drinks and artisan bar snacks.
Because they are not tied to any major breweries, they can offer customers cheaper pint prices.
They are small and intimate with the aim of promoting conversation by doing away with gaming and fruit machines, juke boxes and live music.
There are now more than 175 micropubs across the UK with two already established in Bristol - one in Gloucester Road and one in Chandos Road.
Mr Sibley has asked Bristol City Council for permission to change the use of the vacant shop at 800 Fishponds Road, which was last used temporarily to sell fireworks, into a public house.
Already the authority has received dozens of letters in support of his plans.
One resident, who lives in Oldbury Court Road ,said: "I'd like to support this application as I think it would be a great asset to an up-and-coming area."
Another, of Elmgrove Road, said: "I support this innovative and positive use of a high street unit that has been of mixed and short term use for at least the last two years and is currently empty.
"This development will enhance Fishponds high street in the same way the two micropubs that are already established in Bristol have."
In a letter accompanying his application Mr Sibley, who has previously worked as an assistant bar manager, said: "The intention of the micropub is to be a low-key amenity, not a nuisance. As a micropub selling cask ales, traditional ciders and simple, local, artisan bar snacks it will be a distinctive alternative to the nearest pubs which belong to national chains.
"As a community-based independent operation, the micropub will not compete with other alcohol outlets and avoid selling anything sold in supermarkets or nearby off licences. Instead the focus will be on the diversity and quality of beers which appeal to real ale enthusiasts.
"We believe a micropub will maintain the commercial diversity of the area, attract footfall beneficial to other businesses and add to the character of the area."
The business would employ two part-time and two full-time members of staff with proposed hours of opening from noon-10.30pm Monday to Friday, noon-11pm Saturday and noon-4.30pm on Sundays and bank holidays.
Mr Sibley went on to state: "Hopefully we will gain a reputation as a micropub that has a friendly atmosphere, provides good quality local products, serves, supports and employs within the community, whilst enhancing the local neighbourhood.
"I very much believe that customers of my micropub will be keen to use the services of the food establishments and other businesses nearby and vice versa."
A decision is expected to be made by the council before Monday May 8.