This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 11/06/2018.
A new craft ale shop and tap room are set to open in South Norwood
They are the brainchild of a couple who run a bar that operates out of a black taxi cab.
A craft ale shop and tap room where a small number of people would be able to sit and enjoy a drink could be coming to South Norwood.
The Craft Beer Cab Company is looking to open an intimate venue on Selhurst Road, which would be called The Craft Beer Cabin.
Nick Thomas and business partner Josie Coetser already have a mobile bar business that operates out of a black taxi cab, but are hoping to find a permanent home for their business.
Mr Thomas said: “We do lots of events across south east London and quite often get asked where our business or bar is and we have to say we haven’t got one.
“We live in South Norwood and there’s nothing in the area quite like it.
“We’ve looked in other parts of London where people have opened micropubs, and we thought a lot of people are moving in to the area [South Norwood] and they may be into the idea of having one.”
Mr Thomas added that although there are plenty of places in South Norwood for people to enjoy a drink, he and his partner hope to offer a wider range of craft beers than you would find in most pubs.
The aim is for the shop to offer a range of craft ales, beers and natural wines as well as a small selection of spirits.
As well as offering customers the chance to take home these products, it is hoped there will be a few taps with drinks on offer for people to sample in the shop.
Mr Thomas said: “The idea is that it’s more of a café, chilled out kind of vibe.”
Within the application which has been submitted to Croydon Council, the business asks to “ideally have the option of having some tables and chairs in front of the shop, providing they do not cause an inconvenience to neighbours and pedestrians passing by”.
Mr Thomas said he hopes up to 12 people will be able to enjoy a drink in the shop.
The opening hours proposed for the business would be 2pm until 8pm from Monday to Wednesday and 2pm until 10pm on Thursdays.
For Fridays and Saturdays it is proposed opening hours will be 10am until 10pm and on Sundays 11am to 9pm.
Mr Thomas says if the application is approved he would look to open in August.