The Rise of the Micropub

Micropub - The Lanes
The Lanes micropub, Dover

The micropub has reached an historic milestone with the opening of over 200 micropubs in the UK. The Lanes, which opened on December 19th 2014 in Dover, Kent, represents the latest in a long line of successful micropubs, which are changing the face of the High Street and reshaping pub culture. The original micropub, The Butchers Arms in Herne, Kent, was opened in 2005 by Martyn Hillier after spending several years as an off-licence.


In 2009, Martyn gave a presentation to the AGM of Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), in Eastbourne, showing the simplicity of the 'micropub' model and encouraging other people to follow his lead; since then the movement has gone from strength to strength.


The definition of a micropub is challenging. It is a set of ethics rather than a set of rules. A 'micropub', according to the Micropub Association, is defined as follows: 'A micropub is a small freehouse which listens to its customers, mainly serves cask ales, promotes conversation, shuns all forms of electronic entertainment and dabbles in traditional pub snacks'.


In order to support the growth of the micropub movement, the Micropub Association was created in June 2012 by Stu Hirst and Martyn Hillier. The Micropub Association has been a key driver behind the movement, bringing micropub enthusiasts together across the country to exchange information regarding all matters pertaining to the setting up and running of a Micropub.


There are now over 200 micropubs listed in the Directory on the Micropub Association website. Micropubs are springing up all over the UK and they are changing the face of the high street as vacant shops are ideal spaces in which to base a micropub. “There were 50 micropubs trading at the end of 2013 and to see the number now over 200 is truly remarkable,” comments Martyn Hillier, co-founder of the Micropub Association and the father of the micropub movement.

New Brewery in Wiltshire Launches

...a brief look at the latest brewery to launch in Wiltshire

Beer Bores Brewing Company

The Beer Bores Brewing Company (also know as the The Beer Bores) is located in Marshfield, Wiltshire, South East England.


The Beer Bores are Mark Hempleman-Adams and Paul Dabson. Mark and Paul set up a 3 BBL Micro-brewery and are currently expanding to a 6 BBL. They don't plan to get huge, they prefer producing small batch artisan beers, and try to keep everything as local as possible with all their grain coming from Warminster Maltings and use only whole hops from Charles Faram. Currently they output in 9 gallon firkins but intend to supply in 4½ gallon Pins. 


The Beer Bores Brewing Company

Before it was sold in 2006 Mark, Paul and Marshall set up and ran the Box Steam Brewery, creating beers such as Tunnel Vision, Blind House and Rev Awdry’s Ale.


The range of beers brewed by The Beer Bores Brewing Company include - Toad Stabber, American Beauty, Beer Bores Real Ale, Festive Frog and Wiltshire Blind House.  See below for further details on this core range of beers.


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Scott Lloyd on the beer trail......

Rose and Crown, Snettisham - Pub of the Year
Rose and Crown, Snettisham

Where might a 'Beer-Searcher' travel to find a perfect ambiance? A location to reflect on a year of extensive travel and writings and an opportunity to crack a few nuts and nurse some seasonal ales. The Good Pub Guide to hand - It's a no brainer - The UK Pub of the Year 2015 - The Rose and Crown, Snettisham!

By now, you should all know the whereabouts of Snettisham. Yes, it is that small village situated between Sandringham and Hunstanton, and if you don't have The Good Pub Guide 2015, then try the Domesday Book.

The Rose and Crown is a delightfully traditional English pub dating back to the 14th Century and was originally constructed to house the men during construction of the local church St Mary's. It is not by accident that this pub collected the UK Pub of the Year award.

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