New Bebington micropub aims to open after Christmas

A small new micropub with a “nice, warm, homely” atmosphere hopes to open up in Wirral just after Christmas.

The new pub which will be called The Optimist aims to open at 9 Broadway in Bebington and would be similar to other businesses like the Bow Legged Beagle. It had hoped to open before Christmas but now expected it to be early January.

Steve Banton, who wants to set up the new pub, has been granted a licence approved to sell alcohol at a Wirral Council licensing meeting on 8 November, but whether it opens still depends on a planning application getting the green light.

Mr Banton said, “We are trying to create a community feel and bring people together to enjoy drinks, board games, and a book share club. We are not trying to draw in huge numbers of people.”

The new pub will seat about 38 people and Mr Banton said it would be “a nice warm homely place for people to enjoy a drink and have a conversation with friends.”

At the meeting, he said, “We want to create a great place for local residents and come and have a craft ale or a glass of wine. We’re going to invite in dog walkers and generally create a nice place for people to come and have a drink.”

Alcohol will only be drunk inside the pub and Mr Banton said he was willing to take steps to reduce any noise levels both for people living above the pub and businesses next door. However concerns were raised by three local residents who were concerned about public nuisance and one tutoring business next door worried about the impact of noise.

Helen Goodbody who runs Kumon Maths and English Tutoring said most of her concerns had been addressed after finding out it was a community pub Mr Banton was proposing and there would be no chairs and tables outside. She was worried this must put off parents bringing their children, potentially as young as three, for tutoring.

However, she still had concerns about noise, adding, “Noise does travel through this building. They are old buildings, they’re not the sturdiest so noise does travel.”

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