A Micropub is a ‘small freehouse which listens to its customers, mainly serves cask ales, promotes conversation, shuns all forms of electronic entertainment and dabbles in traditional pub snacks‘ – according to the Micropub Association (http://micropubassociation.co.uk/).
There are 150 in the UK currently, but this is expected to rise to 200 by end of 2015.
Not too many people, good real ale, low overheads and start up costs – meaning landlords can invest in what the customers really want. There’s also a lot to be said for avoiding the big franchised pubs.
So far, what’s not to like?
Micropubs prove the old saying that small is beautiful. Many of them are based in disused buildings, they have low overheads and can offer beer at sharper prices than many traditional pubs. They have carved out a new relationship between drinkers, publicans and brewers