Micro- Brewery hopes to open in Bourne

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A MICRO-BREWERY could open in Bourne if plans get the go-ahead.

Business partners Michael Thurlby and Simon Raines want to open the Stamford and Bourne Brewing Company in Bourne and have submitted an application to South Kesteven District Council.

They had looked at opening the brewery in a former tyre and exhaust centre in Stamford but believe Bourne is now a better bet.

They want to revamp an industrial premises in The Arena, off Roman Bank in Bourne, which was used by a label manufacturer and is currently empty.

Mr Raines, head brewer at Ufford Ales based at the White Hart in Ufford, said the duo ditched the plans to open in Stamford at the end of last year.

He said: “After we got planning permission last June for the brewery in Stamford, we found that there were a couple of things that weren’t right with the premises and we decided not to go ahead with it.

“We are looking at leasing the premises in Bourne. This is an application for a change of use whereas the premises in Stamford had that, so it is more complicated.

“The Stamford one wasn’t sustainable but hopefully this one will be.”

Mr Raines, who lives in Bourne, said it was “still early days” and wouldn’t say how many jobs the brewery could create.

He said: “I don’t know if the application will be approved but if it is successful, we will decide where to go from there.”

The pair had previously told the Mercury that Ufford Ales had outgrown its premises at the White Hart and the Stamford venture could create up to five jobs.

They had also said the company would produce three core ales, as well as seasonal guest beers, and would be moving into bottled ranges.

The planning application says that as well as enabling the business to grow, there would also be a visitor centre and shop at the brewery. Brewing would be between 7am and 5pm once a week, increasing to twice a week in the second year of the business.

Mr Thurlby, who was unavailable for comment, already owns the Jubilee and Smiths pubs, both in North Street, Bourne.

He also owns two pubs and a hotel in Stamford, The White Hart in Ufford, The Lord Nelson in Oakham in Rutland, The Exeter Arms in Easton-on-the-Hill and a pub in Newark in Nottinghamshire.