Plan for micropub in town cafe change

A popular town centre cafe could be turned into a micropub if planners give the go-ahead.

Permission for a change of use is being sought for what is currently trading as the Courtyard Cafe on Flowergate.

Robert Wildsmith of Halton in Lancashire has submitted the application.

It comes just as a microbrewery, which is currently being constructed near to the Abbey, was granted a licence to sell beer until 5pm as well after coming to a compromise with North Yorkshire Police which had objected to the idea of it being open until 11pm.

The Flowergate venture will be open Monday to Friday, 12-11pm and until 11.30pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Mr Wildsmith’s idea is to sell primarily real ale and farmhouse ciders by independent producers as well as bottled beer, wine and traditional soft drinks like ginger beer and cloudy lemonade.

The pub will not sell spirits, draft lagers or alcopops and won’t have amplified music, fruit machines or a television.

There will be no alterations to the building appearance other than signage.

He told the Gazette he hopes to appeal to a small number of customers who are after a relaxed and ambient atmosphere.

He said: “A micropub is not a standard pub but rather is more like a traditional alehouse providing a relaxed and sociable atmosphere for a comparitively small number of customers.

“It will feel like a small country pub, despite its town centre location, meaning it will be attractive to discerning drinkers out for a pint or two.

“We want a place where you can go and have a quiet drink, maybe read the paper or meet others.

“Couples or a small group of friends can come to the Courtyard and have a night out without having to shout over the background noise to make yourself heard.”

The Courtyard Cafe has been on the open market over the last year and will remain open as normal while the micropub application goes through the planning process.