New micropub on Northway moves step closer to opening

A new micropub proposed for Scarborough town centre has moved closer to pulling its first pint.

By Carl Gavaghan, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 3:33 pm
Updated Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 3:35 pm

Katrice Rowe applied to the borough council to open the small bar in what’s currently a charity shop at 7 Northway, opposite the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

The bar has now been granted planning permission after Scarborough Council planning officers concluded that it would have no “significant adverse impact” on people living nearby.

In her application, Mrs Rowe stated that the bar would be open from noon until midnight seven days a week.

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The current charity shop. Picture by Carl Gavaghan

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”.

North Yorkshire Police raised a number of concerns about the proposal noting that the bar is in an area that already suffers due to alcohol-related violence and disorder.

A separate premises licence will still be required to allow the bar to open full time.

The licencing process will also be used to formalise the opening hours and what activities can take place at the bar.