ONCE an important part of Lymington life, an old toll house which has stood dilapidated for decades is proposed to be transformed into a micro-brewery.
Part of the Monkey House pub, the toll house was created around 1795 by William Cross, a captain in the merchant navy, who also built a dam and causeway across Lymington River.
After it fell into disuse in the 19th century it was converted into a dwelling but ended up being mostly used as a storeroom for the pub in Southampton Road.
Now landlord Will Bradshaw is hoping to turn it into a lively part of the town once again by creating a micro-brewery complete with tasting room.
He told the A&T: “It will give people a chance to see beer created from start to finish with a fresh pint in their hand.
“It is a very exciting project. We will be offering Lymington lager among other craft beers and ales.
“It will be great to give new life to the old toll house. Our intention is not to detract from the fact the Monkey House is known for its excellent food, as the brewery will be a wonderful addition to the pub.”
Mr Bradshaw, who originates from Burley and attended Walhampton School, previously ran his own brewery in Bristol.
If the tollhouse is given the go-ahead he says he hopes to offer small brewery tours for
up to 10 people every fortnight.
He also wants to demolish an “unattractive” extension to the pub and replace it with a timber and glass structure.
Neighbours of the pub have expressed their support of the plans with one saying: “The look and feel of the plans are in-keeping with the local area and will only enhance it.
“This will also give a small local business the opportunity to continue to flourish, whilst offering the area something new and different.”
Another said: “I hope the planning is approved! What a fabulous addition to Lymington and a great new lease of life to an old disused building.”
The application is being considered by New Forest District Council which is scheduled to make a decision by 19th May after the deadline for public comments on 1st May.