Family affair for new micro pub

Shepherds Hall Ale House is soon to be converted into a micro pub
Shepherds Hall Ale House is soon to be converted into a micro pub
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Three brothers have unveiled plans to turn a former newsagents into a micro pub.

Stuart, Graham and Thomas Hardyman have submitted a planning application to Chorley Council to open Chorley’s first micro pub.

The proposals will see the former S & F newsagents, in the Shepherds Hall Ale House building on Chapel Street, converted into a bar.

The pub will have a wide range of alcoholic drinks including ciders, bottled lager and real ales.

The brothers have taken inspiration from a Leyland landlord who opened a micro pub there last year.

Thomas, a former employee at BAE Systems, said: “This is a completely new venture for all three of us.

“Apart from Graham who helps out with the bar at Chorley Rugby Union Club, we don’t really have any experience.

“We are all really excited about it. We are from the town and we want to bring something different to Chorley.”

The micro pub is to keep the name Shepherds Hall Ale House.

Thomas added: “Everybody knows what Shepherds Hall Ale House is, so it would be foolish to change it.

“I really do think this could be a great pub with a great atmosphere.”

Malcolm Allen, chairman of Chorley Traders Alliance, said: “It’s something different for Chorley. (Micro pubs) are cropping up in various place but it’s definitely unusual and it’s never been done before in the town.

“We at the Traders’ Alliance won’t have any objections. They are exciting plans and it’s better than having charity and betting shops or a different takeaway.”