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New Fulwood ale bar nearly ready to open its doors

Posted on - 3rd July, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Food & Drink, Fulwood, Preston News, Pubs
Some of the decor for Crafty Beggars Ale House
Craft Beggars Ale House will have a steampunk vibe. Pic: Crafty Beggars Ale House

Crafty Beggars Ale House in Fulwood is nearly ready to open its doors to the local community.

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Owners Phil Robertson, 45, and Phil Binks, 45, began to renovate the new bar before the start of the coronavirus lockdown.

The bar is based in the old Reeds Rains office in Garstang Road, and the pair have completely renovated the interior to give it a ‘steampunk’ feel.

The bar will be focussed on craft ale, but the duo wants to make sure they are looking after the locals with the emphasis on it being a craft ale bar.

Phil Robertson said: “It’s not going to be a sports bar, its going to be real ale.

“We will be selling wines, obviously gins but the emphasis is on craft ale.”

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The pair were hit hard by the Covid-19 lockdown as they were getting ready to open but were unable to complete works on the property until it was safe to do so.

The outside of Crafty Beggars Ale House.
The outside of Crafty Beggars Ale House. Pic: Crafty Beggars Ale House

“It’s been awful, we were very downheartened with that,” Phil added.

“Fortunately, we were eligible for the grant which has kept us afloat, otherwise we probably would have gone under before we had opened.

“We were a bit disheartened at first, so we didn’t go do any work for the first five or six weeks.

“In the last four weeks we’ve been back in and its perfect, we are ready to open now.”

Phil and Phil will be using local breweries including Avid Brewery from near Lancaster to get going but are looking to brew their own ale in the future.

The pair would also like to open the kitchen, serving paninis, pizzas and small platters but expect it will not be able to happen for a few months.

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Phil said: “We want it to be a community bar.

“We are looking forward to welcoming people in and we hope everyone likes it.”

Craft Beggars Ale House is looking to open its doors on Saturday 11 July, however this will be dependent on the success of a few opening nights with a small amount of invited guests.

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