A Doncaster brewery has opened its own town centre bar – and given its backing to our Save Our Pubs campaign.
The Doncaster Brewery Tap on Young Street will initially open three days a week, with plans to extend that in the future.
Boss Ian Blaylock believes he is showing there is still room for successful pubs if they have the right niche.
The Star launched the Save Our Pubs campaign last month because of concerns over the number of pubs that have closed in Doncaster in recent years.
Big bars such as The Drum in Bentley, The Moon at Carcroft, and The Park Hotel at Belle Vue are among those to have been lost.
We are calling for the Government to bring in measures to allow more freedom for pub managers to buy their own beers, and fair rents for their pubs.
Mr Blaylock said: “It has not been especially difficult to start up a bar, but I don’t have to worry about the issues that face landlords running tied pubs.
“For myself, I have a retail outlet in an old shop unit, and personally, I think the way we are doing it is the best way.
“It can be more difficult for people who are running bars that are tied to a pub company, who charge them rent, and also supply their beer and other drinks.
“I certainly support The Star’s campaign.
“I think what I’m doing shows pubs can be successful.
“I’m in a good position because I’m retailing a product I manufacture myself.
“But there are free houses out there who are also doing well because they are not tied to a pubco and bureaucracy.”
He said he could sell a cask of beer to a pub company for £60, and it could end up costing the landlord of the pub who bought it from them £120.
Doncaster Brewery has plans to move its brewing operation into the same building as its bar on Young Street.
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