Go-ahead to mine hosts for ale house plan

By Jon Moreno

Sunday, January 27, 2013


Go-ahead to mine hosts for ale house plan

Debbie Ridett at Newport Ale House.

THE owners of an ale house in Newport have been granted a licence to run a similar enterprise in Cowes.

It will become the Isle of Wight's second smallest pub.

The former premises of handbag and accessories shop, Zabre, in Shooters Hill, will be turned into Cowes Ale House, a sister to the Newport Ale House, which opened 18 months ago and caters for the real ale drinker.

Residents living above the property objected to the proposal on the grounds of sharing their entrance area and worries over noise and smoke from customers smoking outside the pub.

The Isle of Wight Council’s licensing sub-committee granted the premises licence, to open from 11am until 11.30pm, Monday to Saturday and from noon to 11pm on Sundays.

Owners Mark and Debbie Ridett agreed not to permit patrons or staff to congregate at the shared entrance path and to record every refusal of sale of alcohol to those who were drunk or aged under 18, to be produced to police and council officers.

The owners said they did not expect any rowdy behaviour from customers in Cowes, a claim backed by the police.

Police licensing sergeant, Mark Voller, said: "Newport Ale House has been a good business and is a model of how Cowes could be."

Mr Ridett said: "We do not feel, with the measures in place, there will be any problems. I am keen to work with residents, particularly during the building work."

Reporter: jonm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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