Old style ale house could be coming to Chichester

The new 'micropub' would be located between Thai House and Kwik Fit in St Pancras
The new 'micropub' would be located between Thai House and Kwik Fit in St Pancras
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A former antiques shop in Chichester could be turned into a pub and micro-brewery if plans are approved.

A planning application has been submitted for an ‘old style’ ale house to replace what was St Pancras Antiques Shop, located between Kwik Fit and the Thai House Restaurant in St Pancras.

The Grade 2 listed building has been empty for eight years since the shop closed and if approved, it would add another place to drink in the thoroughfare of pubs, restaurants and shops.

According to the plans, the ‘micropub’ would be aimed at people in the 40 plus age group.

“A micropub is almost an antidote to the common modern pub and more of a throwback to the old fashioned tavern and alehouse,” the design and access statement said.

“Essentially a micropub offers traditional pub fayre; being locally sources real ales and wines. All the ale is fresh and served directly from the barrel.

“There is no hot food, nor amplified music or TVs or any electrical game of gaming machines.”

There would be no external alterations to the building itself as it is ‘the age and character of the building which is attractive to the applicant.

The overgrown garden would be converted into an ‘attractive’ outside space and the pub would follow normal opening times.

If approved by Chichester District Council planners, the work is expected to start immediately and take no more than three weeks.

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