First micro pub in Harborough opens

Co-founders Jon Pollard and Ivan Sheldrake at the Beerhouse in Market Harborough during their pop-up pub open weekend in October
Co-founders Jon Pollard and Ivan Sheldrake at the Beerhouse in Market Harborough during their pop-up pub open weekend in October

The first micro pub in the Harborough district has opened its doors.

Beerhouse is operating from former shop premises at 76 St Mary’s Road, off a yard behind the St Mary’s Chippy.

And co-founder Jon Pollard told the Mail this week: “I’m delighted.

“It really will be a dream come true.”

The micro pub has held three one-off pop-up events since October, but Friday was its proper launch since being granted a premises licence by Harborough Council.

It will now be open from midday until 11pm from Wednesdays to Saturdays, and from midday until 6pm on Sundays.

Micro pubs are a national “old school” pub movement, which aims to recapture the atmosphere of a small, traditional neighbourhood pub in days gone by.

The Micropub Association is an official body, founded in 2012, which now has more than 50 registered sites in England. It features small pubs, beer straight from the cask, no music and no TV.

“It’s a place for a drink and a chat, and it’s a social hub,” explained Jon.

“On any day, we’ll have at least eight beers ready to go, straight from the cask. It will be like a permanent beer festival for Harborough! And we’ll also have bottled beers from all round the world, wine, cider and soft drinks.”

Jon said he hoped by tomorrow he would be able to relax a little and “properly start to enjoy having a pub, and properly believe it’s actually happened”.

There was just one minor hiccup last weekend, Jon admitted on the pub’s Facebook site. After painting the pub’s floor, Jon realised he couldn’t now cross the wet paint to switch the pub’s lights off.

“A Laurel and Hardy moment,” someone joked online.