Licence granted for new micro pub in Scarborough's town centre

A new bar has been granted a premises licence to allow it to open in Scarborough town centre.

Monday, 2nd March 2020, 1:57 pm
Updated Monday, 2nd March 2020, 1:58 pm

Craft Bar is set to occupy a former charity shop at 7 Northway, opposite the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

Katrice Rowe was granted planning permission last year by the council after its planning officers concluded that it would have no “significant adverse impact” on people living nearby.

Miss Rowe has now been granted premises licence to allow her to sell alcohol following a public consultation period.

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The unit on Northway as it is currently used. Picture from Google Streetview.

Following the successful application, the bar will be open from 11am until midnight seven days a week, with alcohol sold until 11.30pm.

She was also granted permission to have both live and recorded music in the venue.

No relevant objections to the licence were received during the consultation so councillor involvement in the decision was not required.

During the planning process, Miss Rowe laid out why the town needed a new micro pub.

Her application added: “Economically, the larger, Wetherspoon’s type model, is the most successful form of licensed establishment and this has been disastrous for traditional local public houses, who cannot compete on sale or purchase prices.

“The social drinkers displaced by the loss of good public houses have also lost their identity as a local community.

“Small premises can be successful, by specialising in offering products from smaller, craft-based suppliers and appealing on the basis of taste and interest, rather than price.

“Socially, creating a following of regulars will to some extent restore their local identity.

“The site location has potential as a meeting place for theatre-goers and rail travellers.”

The pub will sell craft beers, lagers, ciders and spirits with an emphasis on “small breweries and distilleries, where the principle is based on the real ale ethic, endorsed by a discerning clientele”.