Welcome to Worcester's No1 Micropub
Welcome to Worcester's No1  Micropub

The birth of a micropub - see our facebook page for more photos.

The shop was a patiserie for many years. The bread and cake display shelves can still be seen in the window, When the patiserie closed, the shop was used as a Polish food shop for a short while, but no external or internal changes were made. We came across the shop on the day the agents were putting the To Let sign up.

The inside of the shop looked in good condition and was panelled in formica-clad panels with a wood-effect vinyl floor.

We were soon to discover that both the panels and the flooring hid years of neglect.

The floor covering was hiding up to five layers of well-glued lino of varying thicknesses making it impossible to get a flat surface. It all had to come up.  .

Some of the work could be carried out before we had access. These side pilasters, made from marine ply, were designed to wrap around the old tiling. In fact the whole of the traditional-design frontage was pre-fabricated and taken to the Bull Baiters for fitting on day one.

 

Within two days of occupancy the whole of the frontage had beer transformed and a window display and display lighting was fitted. This brought immediate public attention and a lot of public support for the project. Although it took eight weeks to complete the internal improvements we continued to get public interest througout and within days the number of Facebook followers grew.to over 600..

Now the work on the inside could begin. There was only the one trading area with a small kitchen unit to the rear and a very small outside toilet. We decided to scrap the outside loo and build a new high quality toilet in half of the old kitchen area - the rest housing the recycling cooler and stock. Removal of the old panelling revealed a lot of the building's history, but also reminded us that there was a lot more work to do.

We discovered that, many years ago , the building was a bakery with the remains of brick ovens and proving ovens. There were also bricked up links to the  building next door which was also part of the same bakery.

We repurposed as much of the old material as we could - using the old panelling  behind the area of fixed seating, and the door space to what was once the access to a now inaccessible cellar as a glass wash area.

The building had been converted to a lock-up shop with a seperate flat above many years before.

A word of warning: change of use applications mean that all works have to be brought up to modern building regulations.

This meant having to fireproof the ceiling and install emergency lighting and smoke detectors in the pub and in the flat above..

Carrying out most of the work ourselves kept the costs down.

At last we were able to start putting the building back together again.The electrics too were not to standard, but we saved money by running the wires ourselves and employing an electician only for second-fix and compliance testing.

There was no water or drainage in the main trading area, but installing an inside loo to the meant the pipe runs to the glass wash area were short..

 

Low ceiling height limited out choice of light fittings and we decided on flush LED panels which, although modern, fitted unobtrusively with the old pub look.

'Old' look walls were achieved by panelling up to dado height with flooring grade laminate strips. We figured that if the laminate was tough enough for flooring it would provide a durable and maintenance-free finish on the walls. 

The wall panels  halved the amount of plastering required.

A layer of plaster and a coat of paint truly transforms a room.

We were still getting a lot of public interest, both online and with passers by coming in to check on progress.,

Now to build a bar. We had already reinforced to floor to take the weight of around ten full casks.

The bar top was to be made from hardwood-faced plywood.

This is readily available in 8ft lengths (2.4m), but as the bar was to be over ten feet wide a dual layer design was incorporated. The lower area, as it turns out, is now used for the till and a plethora of bar-related artifacts.

The other design issue was providing clear access to the back of the bar where the casks were to be stored.

This was achieved with  a bespoke beam spanning the entire bar width. The design also pushed the weight of the beer engines towards the front of the  bar, thus reducing the weight on the beam.

Here we can see the dual bar height and the cutouts rerady to take the beer engines. The bar had to be a full 2ft deep to accommodate casks underneath, so rather than add the depth of the beer spouts and drip trays to that 2 ft, the beer engines are set back from the front giving clear access and minimising the space needed for bar  staff to work comfortably.

The rear view of the bar shows this even more clearly. We also opted for vertical stillaging and the Cask Widge system.

Highly recommended.

You can see how the drip trays will be incorporated within the bar depth.

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So there we have it - a finished bar.

 

It looks quite oridnary from the front, but it hides a lot of thoughtful design.

Finally, somewhere to sit

 

The frames for the fitted seating were made before we had access, so it was just a matter of screwing them together

We made some 'faux' hop pockets from hessian-style linen. and ulpholstered the seating using woollen padding.

The back of the seating also uses hessian-style linen with a bullock print to fit in with the Bull Baiting theme.

Ready to open a last.

Toilets are important to the customer. Don't skimp,  There  is no planning requirement to have seperate ladies and gents toilets and it's nice not to have urinals.

 

The walls of the toilet are, once again, panelled in flooring laminate - this time a white ash to give a much cleaner look.

We look forward to meeting you in the new Bull Baiters Inn.

All the building work is now firmly in the past and we can now concentrate on serving good beer - which is rerally what it is all about.

 

Please check out our facebook page where you will find even more information about the renovation process and, most importantly what beers are on offer..

We are located at: 22 St Johns, Worcester WR2 5AH

Contact us today!

If you have any queries please contact us:

 

+44 01905 421579 +44 01905 421579

07415526267

ask@bullbaiters.com

 

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