Plans to convert a former bedsit into Britain’s most northerly micropub have been approved by Northumberland County Council.
Gemma Deighton Cook plans to turn the Berwick property into an intimate setting for the enjoyment of specialist local beers.
Planning officers said the plans for the single storey property off Bridge Street would bring a listed building back into full economic use and in a good state of repair.
Ros Duncan, planning officer, said: “This building has not been in use for a number of years and requires significant improvements to services and building fabric.
“The current application would provide this investment and would provide the building with a sustainable end use.
“The scheme is appropriate for this area of mixed use and the high stone surrounding walls mean that the use would not have a detrimental impact on domestic properties or on other neighbouring businesses.”
The micropub will have no music, no TV and will not sell lager. It will, however, feature a small beer garden.
The proposed licensing hours are Monday to Thursday from 12pm-2.30pm and 5pm to 9pm and on Friday to Sunday from 12pm to 10pm.
It is proposed to reroof the lean-to, fit doors in the external wall into the yard to create access, install a plain window in a new opening and to repair the external wall.
The micropub concept originated with The Butcher’s Arms in Herne, Kent but the nearest at the moment is The Rat Race on Hartlepool station platform.