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The outside of the Shakespeare inspired micropub in Prescot, The Bard, which opens on Valentines Day 2018.

New Shakespeare-inspired micropub opens in Prescot

by Gemma Melling

It will be a case of ‘Shakespeare in Love’ when Prescot’s new micropub opens this Wednesday, 14 February.

Valentine’s Day at 4pm will see doors open for the first time at The Bard, located at 57 High Street, Prescot will be open to the public on Wednesday 14 February at 4pm.

The Bard will be run by husband and wife, John and Julie Marsden, owners of The Melwood Beer Company, a local family craft beer company which has been based on the nearby Lord Derby Estate for five years.

Melwood says that opening a micropub in Prescot has been on its ‘wish list’ for some time and that identifying the ideal location a few months ago has now brought that wish into reality.

Julie Marsden said: “We are excited to be bringing the first ever micropub to Prescot.

“As a local business we fully support the regeneration of Prescot and this is why we want to have our micropub in the area.

“The Bard is clearly Shakespeare inspired and the concept for our micropub is to create a simple, welcoming and comfortable environment that allows for a selection of quality real ales, craft beer, ciders, wines and artisan spirits including gins be enjoyed.”

And it’s clearly a good time to invest in Prescot – with construction due to start soon on the new Shakespeare North Playhouse and a Shakespeare-themed hotel recently granted planning permission, as well as extensive work having been undertaken to protect and enhance Prescot’s heritage as part of a THI initiative.

Cllr Andy Moorhead, leader of Knowsley Council, said: “It’s a really exciting time for Prescot and The Bard opening is just one of the important milestones that the town will enjoy in the coming years.

“It’s great to see a local business expanding and offering something new to the area – I wish them all the best in their endeavours.”

John Marsden said: “Micropubs go back full-circle to how pubs used to be, when people actually talked to one another. If you get fifteen people together in a nice environment then conversations are going to spark.

“We have regenerated a vacant retail unit into a high quality venue to visit, drink, enjoy & relax. It will be a place I’m sure that will make Prescot a place to visit and will attract more visitors into the town.”

He added: “In addition to real ales and craft beers we will serve local gins, ciders, spirits and wine as well as a selection of traditional bar snacks.”

The Bard will have a limited capacity of 40-50 people and there will be no TV, gaming machines or amplified music.
Its opening hours will be Monday – Friday 4pm – 10pm and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 12noon – 10pm.

The owners also have plans to bring a new Shakespeare inspired Beer Festival to Prescot, bringing local and national breweries, local food producers and businesses together.

If you’d like to find out more about The Bard you can find them on social media: www.facebook.com/TheBardPrescot , www.twitter.com/TheBardPrescot or www.instagram.com/TheBardPrescot