Entrepreneurs Simon and Debbie Rutherford are behind Rutherfoods micropub which aims to capitalise on the growing popularity of micropubs across the UK.
A Micropub is based on a very different model to regular pubs, and their shunning of the modern world has been welcomed by many. Televisions, music, gaming machines and pool tables are strictly off the menu and, rather than offering hot food, micropubs only offer cold snacks.
The couple are looking to keep it local, sourcing locally produced charcuterie, cheeses and hand-raised pork pies, as well as quality ales from Scottish microbreweries, craft gins and whiskies.
Simon Rutherford, said: "We see Rutherfords as offering something very different, and a real antidote to modern life. Micropubs are really focussed on the experience, and the size and layout encourages conversation – even amongst strangers.
"As part of my research, I visited a few micropubs and every single one of them was a real pleasure, with a warm welcome and great chat. Some micropubs actually ban mobile phones – one of them even nails them to the wall if you’re caught using one! We won’t be as strict as that, but you certainly won’t be able to buy a gassy lager or an alcopop in Rutherfords."
The very first Micropub, and the movement that followed, is credited to Martyn Hillier who opened The Butchers Arms in Kent in 2005, following a change in the licensing law in 2003 which made it easier to open a small, independent public house. There are now 100 micropubs in England, with new venues popping up every week.
Simon added: "The hours will be shorter than a regular pub, and the décor is going to be quite unique too. We have a few surprises up our sleeves!"
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