Havering’s first micropub the TapRoom is able to open in Upminster
PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 November 2015
The borough’s first micropub finally opened on Saturday and welcomed its first customers with locally sourced pork pies, cheese platters and real ale.
The TapRoom, Sunnyside Gardens, Upminster, has been able to open under a permitted development order for a snack bar with alcohol licence but is still waiting the result of a planning appeal, which could give it a permanent right to remain.
In the mean time customers can enjoy a drink only if they have food.
Owners Caroline Sheldon and Robert Knowles said the venue’s opening on Saturday was “a huge success”.
“It was full,” said Caroline. “Everyone enjoyed themselves and a lot and people have come back since.
“We now do what we wanted to do but with food and the number of people who have come up here for the food is incredible.”
Hot salt beef sandwiches, scotch eggs and pork pies are on the menu and produce is locally sourced from C Johnson Butchers, a family run business in Corbets Tey Road.
The TapRoom, open every day from 11am to 11pm, specialises in real ale from micro breweries mostly based in Essex as well as farm produced cider, mead and wine.
There is no TV, no music and a £1 fine for everyone who uses a mobile phone.
The money raised will support “local good causes” and charity work in the community. The TapRoom has already raised £264 from a private party last week and ring tones going off.
Mr Knowles told the Recorder this was “a good policy” which “allows for good conversation”.
Earlier this year the mircopub was granted an alcohol licence but planning permission was denied.
But Mr Knowles hopes it will be granted on appeal early next year.
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