The new ‘micro pub’ opening at the Diss railway station next week will strive to turn people’s regular commute into a social experience, according to its owner.
Hoxne Brewery founder Dan Steggles, the man behind the new venture, confirmed it would open at noon on Friday, July 1, at the site of the train station’s former taxi office.
The business is called The Jolly Porters — the same name as an old pub which sat in the station car park until 1973.
With four staff, including manager Tracy Harding, and serving beverages from the Hoxne Brewery and other local producers, Mr Steggles said he saw a lot of potential in the ‘micro pub’ movement sweeping the country, and wanted a venue for people to enjoy themselves without the “distractions” of many standard pubs.
“Our aim is to be that place where people in transit, instead of coming ten minutes before, come an hour before and have a drink with us,” he told the Diss Express.
“There are micro pubs opening up and down the country in empty shops and doctor’s surgeries. The thing about micro pubs is there are no TVs, no gaming machines, no snooker tables, no music.
“It’s all about the art of conversation. Chances are, two strangers will be sat at the same table. They might actually have a conversation. That’s what we want to encourage.”
Mr Steggles, who also plans to work behind the bar at the new pub every so often, first set up the Hoxne Brewery in 2013, before establishing the Tap Room in Stuston in 2014, and later moving the operational side of the business to Palgrave in 2015.
He explained that over the long term, depending on the success of this micro pub, he would consider opening up similar venues in the area.
“I want to keep it as local to us as we can. I’m not going to go up and down the country trying to source things for the pub,” Mr Steggles added.
“If another premises comes up and this business model works, there’s nothing to say we won’t look for another location.”
To find out more about the Hoxne Brewery and its ventures, please contact 07515 003503, or alternatively visit www.hoxnebrewery.co.uk