An award-winning pub is looking to put a new spin on the traditional pub – by opening up in a former laundrette.
Owners at the eight-time Camra pub of the year winning Stanley Arms in Portslade are due to open a satellite micropub in Lancing in the next few weeks.
Following months of hard work, The Stanley Ale House is set to open in a disused launderette in Queens Place, Lancing, which could soon be the site for frothing ales if an alcohol license is granted later this month.
Customers will be able to sample a range of real ales and ciders served from a chilled stillage, English wines, English vodka, English gin, international bottled ales, soft drinks and traditional pub nibbles in a pub that can cater for up to 30 customers at any one time.
And in keeping with the micropub ethos, there will be no keg lagers or beers, no music, no televisions and no fruit machines.
Landlord Steve Bennett said he had been following the emerging micropub scene over the past few years and had spent three years looking for the right site in Lancing.
He said: “We have been looking at ways of cutting costs because it is so expensive running a pub even though we have a freehold.
“The laundrette had all the fittings removed a long time ago so we had a blank canvas to work with here.
“The district council has been really good in helping us find the right site, helping with business rates and grants for refurbishing the shop front.
“If all goes well it is our intention to look for further suitable premises in Shoreham and Lewes in the near future. “