A micro pub looks set to bring some cheer to ale lovers in Peterborough - with the two men behind it hoping to give something back to the Fletton community.
Brothers David and Andrew Williams are currently in the process of obtaining planning and licensing approval for the venture in Fletton High Street - which will be called The Wonky Donkey.
If everything goes smoothly, conversion of the former gift shop could see the first pints being pulled in November.
Although David and Andrew have no pub experience, they have been buoyed by the success of micro pubs in general, and the Frothblowers at Werrington (run by brother Steve) and The Bumble Inn in the city centre in particular.
“Pubs are dying - locally the area has lost The Heron (last week), The Fenman, The Coach and Horses and The White Hart.
“But micro pubs have a different appeal. They are small (The Wonky Donkey will be able to hold around 50 customers), open shorter hours, and don’t have televisions showing Sky Sports, juke boxes or mainstream lagers.
“They appeal to slightly older people with different tastes - real ales, fruit ciders, bottled German beers, gin and more. And we want The Wonky Donkey to give something back to the community - we think local shops will benefit from additional custom from our visitors, and evidence from The Frothblowers suggests there is less antisocial behaviour as youngsters move elsewhere.
“We will be community orientated with a noticeboard for local people, and we will fundraise for local schools, playgroups and charities. there will even be a discount for OAPs with bus passes.”
David said he hopes the planning application will be approved in October allowing the redevelopment work to start in the building.
“We hope to open in November but we have not done this before. It is our first time dealing with planning and licensing but it is all good so far.”