Amble micropub proposal recommended for approval

A new watering hole for Amble could be given the green light this week.

By Ben O'Connell
Tuesday, 22nd January 2019, 8:07 am
Updated Tuesday, 22nd January 2019, 8:10 am
The former tourist information centre in Amble.
The former tourist information centre in Amble.

A bid to convert the Friendliest Port’s former tourist information centre (TIC) into a micropub is recommended for approval at Thursday’s (January 24) meeting of the North Northumberland Local Area Council.

The building on Queen Street, by the Town Square, which also houses public toilets, has been out of action since June 2017, with the county council looking to find another user.

At the committee’s October meeting, plans to transform the shuttered TIC into a shop were given the go-ahead, but just days later, applicant Jake Castleman lodged a scheme for a micropub in the premises, for which he has signed a 15-year lease.

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His application has only attracted one objection – plus one letter of support, but has to be decided by councillors as the local authority owns the building.

The report to members states that the public toilets are to remain in place and operational.

It adds: ‘Any external alterations, such as changes to the public-toilet provision, would be subject to a further planning application and it is understood there are no external changes proposed as part of this application.’

Approval would be subject to conditions, including one to limit the opening hours to the following: Monday to Friday, 5pm to 11pm; Saturday, 12pm to 11pm; Sundays/bank holidays, 12pm to 10.30pm.

The application explains that The Cock & Bull, described as a cheese and ale house, would be owned and run by personal licence holder and experienced pub manager, Mr Castleman.

He said: “I want to create my ideal pub. Something that I would love to visit myself.

“I intend to create a social hub, where community is the main focus alongside the beer and cheese, my two favourite things.

“The Cock & Bull will bring something fresh to Amble, with new restaurants opening, it’ll complement the current quality dining scene that Amble is developing a fantastic reputation for.”

It is proposed that the venue would be open from 5pm until 10.30pm, seven days a week, with a focus on local produce – beer, gin, soft drinks and cheese.

The ales would mainly be supplied by Amble’s Credence Brewing and Rigg & Furrow, from Acklington, while the cheeses would come from the likes of Elsdon, Blagdon and Redesdale.

Takeaway beer will also be on offer, while the micropub would also operate as a coffee shop.

The application also covers the design philosophy – traditional pub with a modern twist and subtle nods to the fishing industry given its proximity to the harbour – as well as noise control and behaviour management.

Ben O'Connell, Local Democracy Reporting Service