Brewery and restaurant proposal to create 50 jobs

By David Newble

Sunday, December 30, 2012

 

PLANS to transform a plant hire depot in Ningwood into a brewery, restaurant and mini-farm could create between 50 and 60 jobs on the Island.

The project, which has been lodged with planning bosses at the IW Council, aims to knock down existing buildings at Westbrook Yard, Main Road, and build a working farm and brewery, which would sell ales produced at the site at a high-quality restaurant.

The proposals would also result in a small herd of deer being kept at the farm.

Vegetables grown there would be used in the brew-house restaurant with any surplus being sold on the open market, if the scheme is approved by members of the IW Council’s planning sub-committee next year.

The proposed brewery would brew a range of beers, which would be drunk on site. It would also sell ale directly to the public in returnable kegs.

The beers would be used to prepare food on the menu and there would also be beer tours to explain how they are brewed.

The scheme would result in an acre of the farm being devoted to growing hops and an annual event would take place where the hops grown on site would be used in the brewing process.

There would be apartments so visitors can stay at the site and take part in specialised culinary tours where they will be taught cooking and cookery appreciation.

Roy Holt, from Roy Holt Construction Design Ltd, based in Canada, said: "Some of these establishments are re-entering the larger English cities but this will be the first on the IW."

He said the brew-house restaurant would be a traditional inn with accommodation.

"The intention is to provide visitors with the ability to stay longer than an hour or so for dinner," said Mr Holt.

He added: "In the age of environmental conservation, all localised production must be supported because it provides local employment and reduces carbon emissions."

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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