City in the Mood for a special brew

Martin Hulland, manager of The Tap House on Gage Street.
Martin Hulland, manager of The Tap House on Gage Street.

A new pub which has been dubbed an “exciting world beer shrine” will open in Lancaster city centre later this month.

The Tap House, which will create around a dozen new jobs, is to open at the former Mood bar on Gage Street, which closed in May.

Owner Mitchell’s which originally ran Mood until it became a tenanted house, has funded the refurbishment of the building.

But it will be run as an independent freehouse by manager Martin Hulland.

He says the ethos of The Tap House will be to bring the best array of artisan brews and international craft ales to Lancaster alongside an eclectic range of spirits and wines.

The aim is to create a relaxing and comfortable environment.

The Tap House will have no ties or obligations to breweries which dictate what it must sell at the bar, meaning it can scour the country and further afield in search of the best craft products available.

Martin said: “The real ale scene in Lancaster is fantastic at the moment and is being pioneered by the growing number of local breweries, but this is a completely new concept, taking craft beer to another level.

“We’re taking the principle and our love of hand-crafted real ales and applying it to everything we stock – lagers, bottled beers, ciders, wines and spirits.

“Every product we will have on the bar has a story behind it.”

A range of UK craft beers will feature at the bar alongside international lagers and ales and a selection of more than 50 bottled beers ranging from traditional real ales to what are being described as “mindblowing experimental brews”.

The Tap House will open daily from 11am and will also serve a range of pastries, coffee and bar snacks throughout the day with complimentary WiFi for customers.

It is due to open on Saturday, October 20.

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