Brewery could be open in Stamford by Christmas

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A BREWERY could be up and running before Christmas after getting the go-ahead from planners.

Mick Thurlby and Simon Rains will be creating Stamford Brewing Company in St Leonard’s Street, in Stamford.

This week they were given permission by South Kesteven District Council to alter the former Stamford Tyres and Exhausts centre.

The pair have been running Ufford Ales for five years but the businesses has outgrown its current base in the White Hart, Main Street, Ufford.

Work is hoped to start on converting the site in the middle of August and it is hoped the brewery will be running in November.

Mr Thurlby, who runs a number of pubs in Stamford and Bourne, is looking forward to seeing the brewery up and running.

He said: “We are pleased to get planning permission.

“I know it is a little thing but if you go to London for the day and have a pint and see Stamford Brewing Company on the hand pump will be quite nice for people in Stamford.

“I am really excited about it.”

Mr Thurlby and Mr Rains will be meeting contractors at the centre next week to discuss the conversions and will also be meeting with equipment suppliers to kit out the site.

Builders are expected to take eight to 12 weeks to install the brewery and its boilers.

Mr Rains is hoping to start brewing his first beers in November and says that Ufford Ales will continue until the new site is fully operational. Re-branding Ufford Ales products is expected to take place next year.

He said: “We are delighted with the planning permission.

“We can start to move forward with the project and hopefully this will enable us to get up and running prior to the busy Christmas period.”

Mr Thurlby is also buying the former Lord Nelson’s House Hotel and Nick’s Restaurant in Market Place.

He is planning to create a traditional pub similar to the Tobie Norris in St Paul’s Street, Stamford. It will be selling food.

It will be reverting back to the previous Lord Nelson pub name.

Mr Thurlby is planning to remove the three to four upstairs bedrooms to create a drinking area.

It is anticipated it will to take four months to re-fit the pub.

He said: “It will be good for Oakham, a lot has shut down.

“People have been stopping me in the streets to say they are pleased we are coming.”