The inspiration for us to start a micropub came from a visit to Kent in August 2013. This is where the first micropub was born. Martyn Hillier opened the Butchers Arms in Herne in 2005 having converted an old butchers (unsurprisingly) into a small ale outlet. He termed his new venture a micropub. From there, Martyn spread the word on how relatively straightforward it was to acquire a premises and change it’s use into a micropub. During the course of the weekend we visited a dozen micropubs. Each were totally unique and all were so welcoming to us as strangers. The idea seemed to work well, so we decided we had to try this ourselves.
We found an ideal premises in Worthing which had everything we were looking for – a decent size, close proximity to rail and bus links and in a place in the community where a decent meeting place was missing. ‘Inspirations’ hair salon which was wrapping up, was the place we were going to take on. We took the premises over at Easter to start our conversion into the micropub.
Upon moving in, we had to empty out all the fixtures and fittings of the shop unit, such as many mirrors and lights, basins, plumbing, integrated seating, floor coverings, shed and contents… My brother-in-law Roy and I then replaced the rear window and installed a door in the position of another window to facilitate access/egress for customers to the garden (and smoking shelter). Then our builders made some modifications including re-roofing our extension, enlarging the WC area and creating the coolroom and kitchen spaces along with new internal windows. A soundproofed ceiling was installed and a full rewire took place along with every ceiling and wall (except one) being replastered.
We’ll update this post as soon as we can but in the meantime here are some photos of the refit…