New micropub set to open in Melton after plans are approved

Brewer Steve Plews (left) with Noel's Arms landlords Jo Bowtell and Craig Langan EMN-160324-172113001
Brewer Steve Plews (left) with Noel's Arms landlords Jo Bowtell and Craig Langan EMN-160324-172113001

Brewer Steve Plews (left) with Noel’s Arms landlords Jo Bowtell and Craig Langan PHOTO: Tim Williams

Brewer Steve Plews plans to open The Gas Tap micropub at the former Peckish sandwich shop in Burton Street, opposite St Mary’s Church.

Real ale and good old fashioned conversation will be the order of the day when The Gas Tap opens its doors.

Steve, who runs the Gasdog micro brewery from the Noel’s Arms pub in Burton Street, said the new micropub, which will hold a maximum of just 25 people, will offer a choice of 10 cask ales and up to four ciders, alongside a menu of crisps, pork scratchings and pickled eggs.

Speaking previously to the Melton Times Steve said: “Micropubs are relatively new concepts which return to the days of a small cask ale tap house.

“With no music, television or wifi, they bring back the art of conversation for people who like their real ale.”

He added: “Burton Street is considered as ‘real ale alley’ which is why I see The Gas Tap fitting in well there.

“All the ales will be sourced from local brewers and there will be no hand pulls, with ales served straight from the cask.

“It will be a real ‘destination’ little cask house that real ale lovers will want to tick off their list and it will be the first specific tap house in Leicestershire for many years.”

Steve said the latest closing time at The Gas Tap on any night would be 9pm and that furniture had been sought from all over the country to ‘recreate days gone by’.

Melton Council planning officers have approved the micropub plans subject to conditions including that opening would not be allowed before 10am or after 11pm.

As previously reported in the Melton Times the plans for The Gas Tap have been warmly welcomed by Melton and District CAMRA branch chairman Kevin Billson.

He said: “This will be a really nice addition. It’s important to attract people into the town, particularly at beer festival time, and this micropub will help achieve that.

“Micropubs started off by people converting old shops. They’re nice and simple, tending to focus on real ale and ciders, and there a place where people can enjoy a selection of real ales and a conversation. In many ways it’s going back to what pubs used to be.

“We do have some good real ale pubs in Melton but I do feel, compared to other places like Oakham and Leicester, that Melton has been left behind over the last few years and that’s one of the reasons I’d welcome this new micropub in the town.”