Steve Plews has submitted an application to Melton Council in hopes of converting former ‘Peckish sandwich shop’ on Burton Street into ‘The Gas Tap’ micropub. Steve already has experience in the industry as he currently runs the ‘Gasdog micro brewery’ from the Noel’s Arms pub, which is also located on Burton Street.

Mr Plews 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.

“I’ve been thinking about opening a micropub for a while but have been looking for the right premises. Burton Street is considered as ‘real ale alley’ which is why I see it 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. Opening hours would be limited, with the latest closing on any night being 9pm. It would be a real ‘destination ‘ little cask house that real ale lovers will want to tick off their list and it would be the first specific tap house in Leicestershire for many years.”

District CAMRA branch chairman, Kevin Billson said: “This would be a really nice addition. It’s important to attract people into the town, particularly at beer festival time, and this micropub would help achieve that.”

He continued: “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.”

The micropub will offer customers a selection of 10 different cask ales, along with 4 ciders and various bar snacks.

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