Worthing gained its second micropub in September – Brooksteed Alehouse at 38 South Farm Road. Worthing Daily asked the proprietor Nick Little to introduce themselves.
This is what Nick had to say:
“We (Paula and Nick) first got interested in the micropub concept in the Summer of 2013. A trip to Kent was a must to get a feel for what they were like, so one August weekend we pitched our tent in Manston and commenced our tour.
“The one glaring thing that stood out in all of them was the warm welcome from both the hosts and the customers. In all twelve we visited, we were engaged in conversation which made us feel very welcome. Each micropub had its own unique style along with a great range of real ales and locally made cold snacks. What wasn’t to love? What good reason could we come up with to not do this? Indeed, none!
“Therefore, we had a look at some figures to see whether a micropub was viable to us. Thankfully and unsurprisingly one was, so we started to make some plans. We looked for suitable premises in many areas and decided on South Farm Road in Worthing, which was suitable for several reasons: a good size, affordable, in a densely populated area that was missing a decent pub/meeting place, near to rail and bus connections and a building that we could adapt to a great micropub.
“We successfully acquired planning permission to change the use of Inspirations Hairdressers into our micropub and I handed in my notice at work and left at Christmas. We had to wait until Easter to move into the premises to commence our lengthy and comprehensive refurbishment and we finally opened on September 5th.
“Immediately, we were inundated with eager locals keen to experience our micropub vision and the feedback was very positive. We have far exceeded our expectations in terms of sales already, so it looks like our business should be the success that we dreamt of. Paula will quit her job soon and join me full time at the micropub. Onwards and upwards!
“Brooksteed Alehouse serves 5 real ales, with 1 or 2 from local breweries and others from around the country, three ciders and a perry along with a bottled ale range. Cheeseboards are available and locally made pork pies and scotch eggs too.”