Work un­der­way on new mi­cropub

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE - DAVID GODSALL david.godsall@reach­plc.com

WORK has started on creating a new mu­sic mi­cropub in Lough­bor­ough called The Cask Bah.

The site in Mar­ket Street is cur­rently just a shell but the an­cil­lary area is be­ing con­verted into a cooled cel­lar for grav­ity pour cask ale dis­pensed di­rectly from bar­rels.

The main bar area is be­ing re­fur­bished in a rus­tic theme to suit the con­cept and a high qual­ity PA sys­tem is be­ing in­stalled for qual­ity back­ground mu­sic and live acts.

Pro­posed VIP soft open­ings are planned for June 19 and 20, with the grand of­fi­cial pub­lic open­ing on Thurs­day, June 21.

The busi­ness is an in­de­pen­dent com­pany, a part­ner­ship be­tween Craig Sharp-Weir and Paul To­p­ley, but in as­so­ci­a­tion with Philip Darby of the well es­tab­lished ‘Not­ting­ham Brew­ery’.

Craig said: “Plans to even­tu­ally ex­pand would cre­ate ex­tra jobs but the na­ture and size of the busi­ness cur­rently will only cre­ate mainly part-time va­can­cies, feel­ing the need to be very ‘hands on’ in order to de­liver a warm per­sonal feel to the pub­lic house trade.

“I am re­ally looking for­ward to re­turn­ing to Lough­bor­ough, where I once lived, man­aged a bar and founded the lo­cal ‘Pub­watch’ with Sgt Mar­garet McGlough­lin.”

Craig ex­plained: “This mu­sic mi­cropub con­cept is the brain­child of two friends, who met by chance in a Not­ting­ham bar many years ago, un­know­ingly, with the same dream.

“A cou­ple of likely lads, who bonded in­stantly, shar­ing the same pas­sion for suc­cess, mu­sic and so­cial­is­ing, with­out the need to be the rich­est, just hun­gry for be­ing the best and of­fer­ing the best to those who want it.”

“Hew said that hav­ing traded in­de­pen­dently in their own ven­tures and to­gether har­mo­niously for gi­ant li­censed cor­po­rate busi­nesses, Paul and Craig shared a com­mon in­ter­est in hospi­tal­ity, and plan on creating a unique mi­cropub, with a mini beer fes­ti­val style op­er­a­tion and rock ‘n’ roll vibe.

Craig added: “The fu­sion of a re­laxed, wel­com­ing bar at­mos­phere, clas­sic mu­sic and live acous­tic per­for­mance all un­der one roof.

“Think of ‘The Cask Bah’ as a safe place you’ll never want to leave, some­where to hear great mu­sic, so­cialise, and drink pre­mium bev­er­ages di­rectly from a tapped cask ves­sel.”

The bar is ex­pected to be open Sun­days from 2pm-9pm, Mon­day to Wed­nes­day from 4pm-11pm, Thurs­day from noon-11pm, and Fri­day and Satur­day from noon to mid­night.

The Cask Bah ex­te­rior in Lough­bor­ough.

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