Pint-sized pub fever gripping Lancashire

69 Liverpool Road in Penwortham is where the micropub would open.
69 Liverpool Road in Penwortham is where the micropub would open.

Micropub frenzy has spread to South Ribble, with Penwortham being the latest to see plans for one down its high street.

Plans have been submitted to South Ribble Council to turn the vacant building at 69 Liverpool Road, which was previously Swinton Insurance, into a pint-sized watering hole.

Applicant Jason Colles, who has lived in Penwortham for over 20 years, said: “The property is currently to let and the owner has agreed, in principle, for me to take on the lease as she very much supports my vision for this venture.

“I endeavour to create an establishment with a strong community feel in the hub of this wonderful village.

“I have found that such businesses have been successful in many places, such as Lytham, Chorley and Leyland.”

Proposed opening hours are 11am to 11pm, Monday to Friday, 11am to midnight on Saturday, and midday to 10:30pm on Sunday. The pub would employ three staff, one full-time and two part-time.

The plans are the latest of many micropubs that have cropped up throughout Lancashire in recent times.

The Bob Inn is a family-run micropub that has operated from Chorley Market since 2014. It was recently named in the 2018 CAMRA Good Beer Guide, an annual guide to the top pubs in the country.

Toastie Tavern on Market Street, Chorley, is one of the newest in the area, now in its third week of business.

For owners Frank Smalley and Lesley Humphrys is it their first micropub. They also run The Crown on Chapel Street and a total of 27