Craft ale micropub to open in NE1


A new craft beer pub is opening in Newcastle city centre to help champion North East microbrewers and their unique beers.

The Town Mouse Ale House, which will have room for a maximum of 50 people, will open on Tuesday (21st Feb) in a basement unit on St Mary’s Place. The venue, previously a coffee shop near Haymarket, also has an outdoor pavement area.

The micropub, the first venture for entrepreneur Jon Sibley and his newly-formed Sibley Brewing Company, will initially offer four keg and four cask ales, six of which will be from small independent local brewers.

The Town Mouse is opening following a five-figure investment in the premises and an initial three new jobs will be created. The interior will take inspiration from the traditional ale houses of Belgium and basement pubs from Ireland and Berlin, and the venue will be proudly dog-friendly, with even a special ‘dog brew’ on offer.

The venture is a lifelong goal for Jon, who hails from Hull, and left his job in HR at Northumbria University to start life as a publican.

“I am a keen home brewer and a beer enthusiast, and to open my own traditional ale house has long been a dream. When I left the University last year, it seemed an ideal time to give it a try and it’s all very exciting,” he said.

“The quirky name reflects the premises – as it’s a basement unit, it’s dark and cosy – and we want to become known as a welcoming traditional ale house which serves great beers. We are dog friendly and very much have the ethos of a ‘proper pub’.

“A significant proportion of the ales we offer will come from very small brewers within the Tyne and Wear area. There are some great local beers which we are very pleased to help promote.”

Newcastle law firm Sintons has supported Jon with the opening. Real estate specialist Tom Wills handled the negotiation of the commercial lease on the premises, and Sarah Smith, head of licensing, secured the license for The Town Mouse.

Tom Wills said: “The North East is well known for its many independent breweries and their array of locally-produced ales, and The Town Mouse promises to be another gem in the growing portfolio of pubs that showcase them.

“Jon is combining traditional alehouse interior design and his array of handpicked ales with a quirky basement location and memorable brand name – the hallmarks of a successful stand-out venue are all there and we wish him the best of luck with it.”

Jon has also been backed with a loan from the Start-up Loan Company, secured through Transmit Start-Ups in Gateshead.


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