'Smallest pub in Derby' The Little Chester Ale House throws open its doors to the locals
THE "smallest pub in Derby" has opened for business – and has converted locals who had protested against the initial idea.
The Little Chester Ale House is a micro-pub – a "slimmed down" type of inn which eschews many modern conveniences and drinks in favour of a traditional atmosphere in a smaller building.
Micro-pubs are usually built inside former shops, and this one is no different, as it is housed in a former dry-cleaners.
Initially, locals feared if the pub went ahead it would generate late-night noise and anti-social behaviour.
But landlord Walter Scott said the Chester Green Road business had already been a hit with drinkers.
Mr Scott, of Wingfield Road, Chaddesden, said: "We opened last weekend and since then it has been really excellent.
"I have had so many people in who have loved it and I've also had people come in who had misconceptions about the kind of place it would be but they have told me they are now happy it is here."
The pub was given planning permission and granted a licence, despite objections from people living in the area.
The bulk of the objections were about potential noise and disturbance from customers, cars moving about the area at night, litter and anti-social behaviour.
There were also concerns about smokers in the street.
Despite the objections, the plans were approved by Derby City Council, with officers saying they were "generally satisfied that the proposed use will have no adverse effect on the special character of the area".
Mr Scott said he was currently stocking five real ales and a cider but that he wanted the range to be constantly changing.
He said: "At the moment, I am stocking ales from Sheffield and North Yorkshire but I want to keep getting new ones in."
Mr Scott said the total cost of opening the business had been £8,500 – more than his initial estimate.
He said: "Before it was a dry-cleaners, the shop sold car parts and there was carpet on the walls as a backdrop.
"I pulled that off and the plaster came with it, so most of the walls needed replastering.
"But it has been totally worth it."
The pub is open from 3pm to 10pm Monday to Friday, and from noon to 10pm on Saturday and Sunday.