Tipplers toast to new Beer Shack in Hucknall

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‘CHEERS’ for Hucknall’s first micro pub, which has already proved a big hit with tipplers since it opened last weekend.

The Beer Shack is located at a former Christian bookshop on the town’s Derbyshire Lane.

Micro pubs are very small one-room establishments with a few tables and chairs, focusing almost wholly on real ales.

They have no screens showing football, no music and no gaming machines.

The innovative concept is attributed to Martyn Hillier and the UK’s first micro pub, the Butchers Arms, was opened in Herne, Kent in 2005.

The Beer Shack, which caters for 25 to 30 people, is believed to be the country’s 25th micro pub.

The innovative business has been launched by James Mansfield and Julia Charlton, who formerly ran the Moot pub in the Carlton area of Nottingham. Both hail from Essex and they now live in Bestwood Village.

A key aim is for the Beer Shack to fill a gap left by closure of the nearby Flying Bedstead pub. This local was named after the famous vertical take-off aircraft, which was developed at the Hucknall Rolls-Royce site.

It is therefore fitting that the Beer Shack has acquired the Flying Bedstead sign, which is displayed on an interior wall.

The new micro pub will observe traditional opening times and it will open every day except Monday.

As well as a constantly-changing range of real ales, it offers cider, wine and soft drinks. A cooling system is operated to keep drinks at the right temperature.

“I firmly believe that micro pubs are a thing of the future,” said James. “Our aim is to provide a community feel where people can enjoy a chat and a bit of banter.”

Representatives of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) were among invited guests who attended a ‘trial run’ at the Beer Shack before it opened to the public.

Ray Kirby, social secretary of CAMRA’s Nottingham branch, said: “We are delighted with the excellent response. The Beer Shack is a welcome addition to other real-ale pubs in Hucknall.”

The chairman of I Love Hucknall town team, Chris Thorne, said: “This is a very enterprising project and I wish it the best of luck.”

Ken and Sheila Robinson, chairman and secretary of Hucknall Tourism and Regeneration Group, also welcomed the Beer Shack and said it would add to Hucknall’s appeal as a place to visit.

An encouraging feature is that the Beer Shack is attracting people not only living locally but also from outside the town.