A Kimberley mother and son are set to open a micropub in Heanor, bringing the finest cask ales and great conversation to a former library.
Bernadette Lawley, who lives on Wentworth Court, and her son James have been granted planning permission and a premises licence for the property on Ray Street in Heanor.
Most recently used as a temporary library, the building previously housed a butchers, a motorcycle shop and a camping supplier, but once conversion work is complete it will be known as The Redemption Ale House.
James said: “We decided on the name because redemption can mean to make something feel better or more hopeful. I think having a good drink of beer and a chat can definitely make you feel more cheerful.”
Bernadette said: “The focus is on providing a wide variety of real ale and ciders, all served in optimum condition.
“We’ll have a purpose-built cool room to ensure beer is stored and dispensed in perfect condition. The main selling point is the quality of the beer and we’re lucky to have help from some of the best people in the industry.”
Bernadette has given up a 25-year career in social housing to concentrate on the new business, while James plans to double up with his day job in finance—but this is not uncharted territory.
Bernadette has been helping to establish micropubs and beer festivals nationwide for the last two years, taking advice from husband Pete, who has a long career in the brewing supplies sector.
The enterprising landlady said: “I really enjoy serving customers and giving advice on good beers. The Redemption is very much about community and conversation.”