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Brewdog sets sights on Gloucestershire for new bar

Craft beer producer BrewDog is seeking planning permission to open a 3,300 sq ft venue within the county.

The Scotland-based business has submitted a planning application to Cheltenham Borough Council for the change of use of Unit 3, The Brewery Quarter in Cheltenham, into a bar.

Formally home to Frankie and Benny's, plans suggest that the internal layout of the unit will remain practically the same, with toilets and kitchen to the rear and a vast open plan area to the front.

The main bar will be positioned along the left-hand side of the unit, with a mixture of lose and fixed tables and chairs occupying the rest of the front of house floor area.

In addition to a drinks service, the bar will also provide a full food offering, with trading hours from 9am until 1am Sunday to Wednesday, and closing at 2am Thursday to Saturday.

BrewDog said its bars are centred around tasting and sampling beers in a relaxed environment, rather than mass consumption. There are no dancefloors, DJ or live performances, with background music only.

The Cheltenham site will join more than 50 specialist BrewDog bars across the UK, as well as more than 20 worldwide.

A design and access statement submitted with the plans said: "The proposed change of use will enable the applicant to begin trading from the property, ensuring that the premises can be immediately brought back into a productive, economic use that will create employment, contribute to the vitality and viability of the town centre, and complement and enhance the surrounding area's existing food and drink offer."

Nikki Kontarines, asset manager for The Brewery Quarter, added: "We can confirm that Brewdog has expressed an interest in The Brewery Quarter. We hope that we will be able to announce further good news in due course. This further demonstrates the ever-growing success and popularity of the scheme as a primary entertainment and lifestyle destination in the UK."

A proposed opening date has not been revealed, nor how many jobs the venue opening will create.

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