A NEW micro-pub has been given the green light by New Forest District Council for a licence to sell alcohol every day until 11.30pm.
As reported in the A&T, the new business called 6 Barrels will sell craft ales, lager, cider, wine, spirits, hot and soft drinks and bar snacks from the former Noo-Thai restaurant premises in Salisbury Road.
There will be seating for around 40 people in addition to an outside area at the front of the building.
Applicant K&S Trading Ltd had asked the district council to allow live and recorded music, performances of dance and the supply of alcohol from noon until midnight every day.
The town council objected to the application, stating the business should be given standard licensing hours, until 11pm on weekdays and Sundays.
The application also received one written objection from a nearby resident who feared disorderly behaviour.
Before it closed down in August, the Noo-Thai restaurant had a licence for the sale of alcohol between midday and 11.30pm.
Members of NFDC’s licensing committee, which met on Friday, agreed the same times should be allowed for 6 Barrels. Performances of dance as well as live and recorded music is also limited to these times and the business must close at midnight.
Co-owner Kevin Goodall told the A&T: “We are happy with the decision made, but it is not our intention to run a seven day a week late night bar. We will use the later hours at our discretion, when it will benefit our customers.
“One of our main reasons for a later licence is because we are hoping to attract local crib and dominoes teams and we know some matches can last a long time.
“The last thing we want at 11pm when a match is running on and spirits are high is to say, ‘sorry, but no more beer’.”
Together with business partner Sean O Donnell, Kevin hopes to support local micro-breweries by featuring guest beers from as many as possible.
He added: “It is very rare to see a new bar open these days, especially in a small town. This is something completely new to Totton and we are excited to share our new venture with as many people as possible.”