A family affair in Albrighton

A family affair in Albrighton

Two local couples have joined forces to transform a grade II listed building in Albrighton into a brand new £30,000 micro pub.

Lifelong friends Emma and Paul Thompson, and Alison and Craig Taylor, are behind the remodel of the former Station Master’s building.

The new Platform Ale House is set to open its doors to the public on 29 July.

The entrepreneurial team decided to use money they had previously saved for their children’s University education to create the family run business, allowing them all to indulge a shared interest while providing part-time work for their children.

Some of the profits from the micro pub are intended to go back into a fund to support their children’s journey through higher education.

Six additional jobs have been created in addition to the family workforce.

Co-founder Mrs Taylor said: “I suppose starting a new pub to help support your children through University is a pretty novel concept, but it is certainly one that has captured the imagination.

“We had all driven past the Station Master’s building and thought it had such huge potential and between the group there is a keen interest in real ale.

“Once we had found the owner and convinced him to offer us a long-term lease we jumped at the chance and our venture was born.”

The venture is being supported by the Albrighton & District Civic Society, with the pub designed to give local people the change to come together and enjoy a range of beverages including five locally sourced ales.

Platform Ale House has already sealed agreements with local brewers Newbridge Brewery and Shropshire Brewer to supply their range of cask ales.

These will be supplemented by two ‘guest’ beers, Prosecco and a range of wines. Soft drinks and a small selection of hot drinks will also be available.

The pub will also be working with other local suppliers, including Albrighton Butchers which will be providing freshly made Pork Pies and Scotch Eggs.

Mr Thompson said: “We want Platform Ale House to become a place you visit for great beers, great company and the chance to make new friends.

“The renovation work has been completed to ensure we create a cosy atmosphere with an open fire restored, traditional wooden flooring and historical pictures of Albrighton displayed around the building.

 “When Emma and I first met Alison and Craig when our children were seven months-old we never thought we’d end up running our own micro pub together.

“Pollyanna and Millie are both 18 now so will be supporting us behind the bar, whilst Chloe, Alice and Archie will be helping with glass collecting. We just need to agree on the wage for them all!”



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