Whitburn's popular Blue's Micro Pub plans impressive revamp, complete with beer garden and snug

A popular micro pub is set for a major revamp under new proposals lodged with planning chiefs.

Tuesday, 12th January 2021, 6:00 am

Blue’s Micro Pub officially opened its doors in the heart of Whitburn Village in February 2020, offering a range of independent craft ales in a small and friendly setting.

The venture proved a welcome one for the village, particularly as it came after the village’s Grey Horse pub over the road closed down for good. Plans have since been approved to convert the building into a Co-op store.

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An early 3D model of proposed new layout at Blue’s Micro Pub in Whitburn

However, Blue’s only had around seven weeks of ‘normal’ trade before the first national lockdown came into force to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

The venue had been operating as an off-licence selling bottles, cans and mini-kegs, as well as mulled wine over Christmas and New Year, but has now closed temporarily after England was placed under the third national lockdown.

As part of a bid to improve the pub’s offering for customers ready for better times, the landlords are hoping to introduce a small ‘snug room’ and beer garden.

The proposals would essentially double the number of seats inside while adding a further 20 outdoor seats in the beer garden.

Alice Pye and Callum Watson as Blue's Micro Pub opened in Whitburn Village in February 2020.

According to a design and access statement submitted with the planning application, the demand for the micro pub, both before and after the first lockdown, has “greatly exceeded capacity.”

If approved, the revamp would allow the micro pub to welcome more customers while continuing to operate in a Covid-safe way when lockdown restrictions on the hospitality sector ease.

“In the short-term, we see it as pretty essential for the running of the business,” said Callum Watson, of Blue’s Micro Pub.

“If Covid-19 restrictions stay for a lot longer, it’s not sustainable just having four tables inside the pub.

Inside Blue’s Micro Pub in Whitburn

“In the long term, the beer garden for the summer would also be a massive bonus for us.”

In documents submitted to South Tyneside Council’s planning department, micro pub bosses have stressed that their business plan remains unchanged.

This includes no loud amplified music, TVs or gaming machines, no alcopops or commercial draught lager and the promotion of responsible drinking.

Internal sound proofing will continue to be installed along the wall adjoining 2 Percy Terrace to the rear of the property, in line with a previous noise assessment.

Inside Blue’s Micro Pub in Whitburn

Plans to boost capacity at Blue’s Micro Pub are also expected to bring two new jobs to the local area.

The design and access statement goes on to say: “This continues to be a completely different proposition which is not trying to compete with existing businesses and an offering which should attract new visitors to Whitburn.

“We hope existing businesses will benefit from the extra footfall and visitor profile.

“We have given this project serious thought and have carried out lengthy research.

“The added capacity is essential to the continuing success of the business, especially during the current pandemic situation.”

South Tyneside Council is consulting on the plans until January 28.

Inside Blue's Micropub, which is planning an impressive expansion

For more information, visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/35961/Search-planning-applications and search planning reference: ST/0944/20/FUL

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Inside the Blue's Micro Pub, which is planning an impressive expansion, including a beer garden and snug