‘High end drinking establishment’ to open at long-empty shop

A new ‘high-end drinking establishment’ is to open at a former butcher’s shop left empty for 15 years.

The long-vacant unit, in Broadstone Road, Reddish, will become Frankie’s Ale House after being granted a premises licence.

Alcohol will be sold for drinking on and off the premises.

Intended as a micro-pub in the same vein as The Wobbly Stamp, in Cheadle or Jake’s Ale House in Romiley, it hopes to attract a different clientele to other pubs in the town.

However the proposal did raise concerns from a neighbour over potential noise pollution, drunken behaviour and patrons parking in residents spaces.

Applicant Andy Pass told a Stockport council licensing sub-committee it would serve real ale from his own Stockport Brewing Company as well as spirits from local distillery Stockport Gin.

He said: “It’s a quality drinking establishment we are trying to create here, not a pub per se, something very different. Something where people can come and have a chat of an evening – couples and singles.”

Mr Pass said renovating the derelict building was an opportunity to improve Reddish, particularly given the loss of pubs such as The Railway, The Bull’s Head and the Fir Tree.

“It’s definitely not our intention to be a loud, booming pub,” he said.

“It’s more a community hub, where nice people can go to meet with other nice people and have a nice drink on an evening.”

He added that, despite applying to open in afternoons and evenings every day of the week, the venue would likely be closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

“We want to work with locals and be part of the community. We aren’t trying to set a pub up to mop up the other people in Reddish that are going to those establishments,” he said.

“There’s less and less opportunity for nice people to go and socialise, and that’s what we want from the bar. We don’t want to be a noisy neighbour.”

Objector Nicola Worthington said that, while she would like nothing more than to see the ‘eyesore’ building done up, she had concerns over a new micro-pub.

And she was worried that, despite Mr Pass’ intention to run a ‘quality’ establishment, it could still attract undesirable customers, potentially leading to violence and criminal damage.

She said: “I just don’t want to be lying in bed at night, trying to go to sleep for work the next day and listening to noise pollution outside, thinking is my car going to get damaged, thinking are they going to urinate up my wall?

“It’s not nice on your property, but that’s naturally what happens when people get drunk.”

Mr Pass said he believed that conditions of the licence – including background music only, notices requesting patrons leave quietly and keeping all doors and windows shut – would mitigate many of Ms Worthington’s concerns.

He also explained it would be his responsibility to deal with any drunken behaviour at the premises.

A suggestion from Ms Worthington to issue a temporary licence was not possible, but committee chair Coun David Sedgwick advised that licences could be reviewed if issues arose.

The committee granted the licence without any further conditions to those set out in the application.

|Ma Evening Post