Craft beer lovers rejoice as real ale bar approved for Harrogate

Site for the new micropub - Google Maps
Site for the new micropub - Google Maps

Harrogate’s love affair with independent craft pubs shows no signs of slowing after planning permission was granted for a new real ale micropub in the town centre.

Plans for the new ale bar have been approved by Harrogate Borough Council and will now be built on the vacant Cheltenham Crescent site, opposite Le Bistrot Pierre.

The bar will have an outside seating area and will stock a wide range of local and international ales with the developer hoping to ‘champion craft ales from local producers’.

Darlington resident Richard Parl submitted the application in November and said he was hoping the bar would encourage visitors and residents back into the town centre to socialise.

He said: “A micro pub is not your typical pub. It is a small premise that specialises in selling craft and artisan real ales.

“Unlike the usual town centre pub, there are no shots, no cheap alcohol deals, no hot food, no tvs, no loud music, no mass produced style beers, no gambling machines, no late openings, and no anti-social behaviour.

“The focus is on sourcing and selling fine artisan ales (and some craft gin, craft whisky and wine) in a welcoming, community atmosphere.”

The application has received widespread support online from residents as well as the council who concluded it would ‘enhance the attraction of this part of Harrogate’.

Case officer, Kate Williams, also added in her report that the pub would provide a ‘new offer for visitors, increasing footfall and enhancing the vitality of the area’.

Harrogate’s craft beer revolution

The opening of a new real ale micropub in the town centre is just the latest offering in a craft beer revolution taking place across Harrogate.

The likes of Ten Devonshire Place, Harrogate Tap, Major Tom’s Social and Knaresborough’s Half Moon have already proved successful.

And with popular North Bar set to arrive in Harrogate in the new year, the future looks bright.