Beer glasses raised to newest pub in Devizes
7:00pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in Latest News
THE newest pub in Devizes had an emphatic thumbs up from beer drinkers.
The Vaults opened in the former Lignum antiques shop in St John’s Street on Friday night.
A micro pub, it sells real ale and aims to encourage conversation between strangers.
There is no music, beer sales stop at 9pm and the pub closes 30 minutes later.
On the opening night it was packed with customers and there was a steady turnover of punters during the weekend.
Co-owner Malcolm Shipp, of Sells Green, said he and business partner Chaz Hobden, brewer at Wessex Brewery at Longbridge Deverell, were delighted with the response.
Mr Shipp said: “It’s been brilliant and we have had a better response than we expected. We couldn’t have wished for better.
“Customers loved the concept and the furniture and the beer menu is so popular.
“I didn’t expect so many bottled beers to go. We had to get sacks of bottles to replace what we sold.
“The atmosphere was great – the warmth and friendliness and people talking to complete strangers.”
He said The Vaults sold about seven firkins of beer (63 gallons) over the weekend and two kegs of lager.
The furniture inside the pub is quirky, all made from scrap and recycled timber by artist Jonathan Rigg of Seend Cleeve.
The bar is made from old cable reels, joist and planks while a chandelier is made from an old plough, a table has been made out of a door, while old beer crates have become light shades.
Bruce Talmage, 52, of Seend, was the first customer. He said: “It’s lovely. It’s a really nice blend between being modern and fresh and charac-terful. The choice of beer is really, really good.”
Don Jones, chairman of Devizes Campaign for Real Ale, thought The Vaults would be successful.
He said: “There’s a market for this. It’s something modern and traditional at the same time. We have had so many pubs close down over the past few years that it’s nice to see one opening.
“It has a lovely ambience and it might encourage more people to come out and be responsible drinkers.”
The bar’s cellar will be turned into a bottled beer store in two to three months’ time.
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