Plans unveiled for new town centre micro pub as Shipwreck Brewhouse granted lease for council premises

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A new tenant has been found for the empty premises

Blackpool is poised to get a new coffee and craft beer bar operated by the company which runs the Shipwreck Brewhouse in neighbouring Cleveleys.

A new branch of the independent micropub is set to open in Talbot Road after an eight-year lease was agreed to take over empty premises on the ground floor of the council offices in Bickerstaffe House.

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The new venue will be on the ground floor of Bickerstaffe HouseThe new venue will be on the ground floor of Bickerstaffe House
The new venue will be on the ground floor of Bickerstaffe House | n/a

Paul Samson has run The Shipwreck on Victoria Road West for a number of years, serving food and drink. The premises in Blackpool is expected to benefit from passing trade due to its proximity to Blackpool North Train Station, and from nearby office development set to see 3,000 civil servants relocate to the town centre.

The premises has been empty since 2020 when previous tenant The Tower Coffee Company, operated by Blackpool Entertainment Company which runs the Winter Gardens, closed during the first Covid lockdown. The site was briefly used by the NHS during the pandemic while a subsequent commercial tenant never started trading. The council has now repossessed the site in order to lease it out again to Pals Retail Ltd which operates the Shipwreck Brewhouse.

A town hall report said: "The company already have a successful business premises in Cleveleys, serving food and drink. This new unit will expand this successful brand into Blackpool town centre, with the offer serving the offices and passing trade from the nearby Blackpool North Train Station as well as their existing clientele/customers."

It added: "The proposal is to open another location with similar branding offering barista coffee and food during the day and through the early evening, and then to serve craft beers, wine, prosecco, cocktails and snacks through the evening."

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There will also be a craft beer bottle shop with beer supplied by a microbrewery based in Poulton. The new tenant is set to invest "a substantial amount of their own funds" into the unit with proposals including extending the kitchen, relocating the counter and creating a bar/cellar area. An outside seating area will be created while the internal refit will include seating in the style of railway carriage booths.

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