The Pangolin on Middlewood Road, Hillsborough welcomed customers for the first time today (Wednesday, April 14); and will initially operate as an off-licence until indoor hospitality is permitted to resume, after which time customers will be invited to sit in.
It is owned by craft beer aficionado, Nick Davy, who some will recognise from his five-year stint behind the bar at Walkley Beer Co. on South Road.
“All products including draft beer will be available for drinking on the premises or taking away. We will be offering cask, keg and canned/bottled craft beer along with a small selection of wines, cider and pre-mixed gin and tonics. The beer will be sourced locally, nationally and internationally.
"It will mainly be modern craft beer such as pales, IPAs, stouts, porters and sours. This will be supplemented with classic European beers from Germany and Belgium amongst others,” he said.
Nick added: “One of the things we are especially excited about is that we've been able to partner with KASK to supply our wines. They're an independent wine bar in Bristol specialising in natural and low intervention wines. So it's an exciting way for us to provide a high quality selection of wines not available elsewhere in Hillsborough.”
Following the latest set of coronavirus restrictions being lifted on April 12, pubs, bars and micropubs are now able to sell cask beer to takeaway.
Sales of takeaway pints from such establishments were permitted during the first two lockdowns, but were banned by the Government when the lockdown three came into force on January 5.
This left publicans with a choice between closing completely or opting to sell alcohol via delivery for consumption off the premises.
As part of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, indoor hospitality will be able to resume when Stage 3 is introduced; something that is currently scheduled to take place from May 17.
As part of Stage 3, groups of six people or two households will be permitted to meet indoors at pubs and restuarants, and it is hoped these remaining restrictions will be lifted from June 21.