If our planning and licensing applications are granted we will be opening The Snug at the Carnforth Station Heritage Centre. We have tried to keep the exact location under our hats, not wanting to tempt fate, but so many people now know that we may as well let everybody know. We are confident that there shouldn't be any problems but please say a prayer, keep your fingers crossed and touch wood just in case.
What's particularly exciting is the chance to contribute to what is already a tremendous asset to Carnforth, the Station Heritage Centre. There is already the successful Brief Encounter Tearoom and the owners of the tearooom have recently opened a bakery on the site. There is the wonderful Bay Models shop and Rugs to Riches selling an exciting range of rugs and floor coverings.
Being located on the station, and with a bus stop immediately outside, we are confident that we will attract real ale drinkers to Carnforth who will then patronise the other businesses at the station as well as the other shops and businesses in Carnforth. There isn't a single pub in Carnforth in the current CAMRA Good Beer Guide. That will be one of our targets!
There are currently pubs in Carnforth that cater for people who enjoy watching the football, who enjoy watching live acts, who enjoy a pub meal, or enjoy playing a gaming machine. The Snug will complement what is currently on offer to people by offering a place where there will be no music, no TV or gaming machines and no hot meals. We will not be selling lager, spirits and certainly no 'alcopos' or 'shots'. We will be offering people a quiet atmosphere in which to drink cask real ale brewed in local microbreweries, and good quality wine, both at affordable prices.
We are currently sourcing our products, all of which will be as local as possible. Yes, we know North Lancashire doesn't rival the Loire in wine production, but we will be using local importers for our wines whenever we can, rather than a huge corporate chain.
We have had a fantastic response from local people, including local businesses, and we are extremely excited about The Snug. We are confident that micropubs are the future and that even in these dark days of recession we will bring another businness to Carnforth that will help, in it's own small way, to contribute to the further development of Carnforth despite these difficult financial times.