Titanic Brewery has revealed it is drawing up a 5-year plan to roll out its succesful bod café bar concept as the finishing touches are made to the fourth bod bar.
A new bod café bar will open on the High Street, Newport, Shropshire, on Monday, 9 September.
Created in a former NatWest Bank, the Newport bod is set to create 20 jobs and follows the success of the first three Titanic café bars in Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent.
Titanic Brewery launched its innovative bod café bar concept in 2018 and it has proved to be a major success with customers enjoying the relaxed, flexible atmosphere of the stylish new bars.
bod café bars open for breakfast at 8am and trade until 11pm, operating as a café throughout the day, serving coffee, tea and light dishes from breakfast time onwards, with craft, real ale and a wide range of other alcoholic and soft drinks available from lunchtime onwards.
The brewery said it is currently drawing up a 5-year plan to roll out the bod concept but had acted quickly to take on the well-located former High Street branch as the opportunity was too good to miss.
Director Dave Bott said: “We have been looking at the town for some time and, when the NatWest bank came available, it represented an ideal opportunity.
“We believe we have created something very special in the bod café concept and customers at our other sites in Stafford, Trentham and Stoke have been very enthusiastic.
“The bod format works well as it promotes a relaxing, inviting environment for the whole community. We get a very diverse crowd, from students coming in for milkshakes or hot chocolates to business people looking for a different space to meet in. Our café bars also prove popular for people of all ages looking for a light lunch and we also encourage community use, playing host to a variety of special interest groups.
“In the evenings, bod becomes a place to relax with an exciting range of craft beer, gin and wine.”
“We are really excited to be opening the doors in Newport on Monday 9th September. The interior is looking fantastic and we have a superb location at the heart of historic Newport.”
The imposing NatWest Bank building was built in the 1930s but there has been a bank on the site since the 1800s.
Titanic Brewery has worked closely with B3, a specialist café, bar and shopfitting company from Stone, Staffordshire. Each bod has common themed signage and relaxed seating but incorporates local memorabilia and artwork.
Titanic Brewery is owned by brothers, Keith and Dave Bott. The Burslem-based brewery was founded in 1985 and has grown to produce over 4 million pints of beer a year. It now employs more than 150 people at the brewery and across the pubs and bod bars.
The company currently has eight pubs and the Newport High Street site will be the fourth café bar.
Dave Bott added: “We have made no secret in recent years of our desire to expand our estate. Titanic has become known for its friendly, comfortable and well stocked community pubs and the bod bars are a different twist on that theme.
“The community has always been at the heart of what we do as we believe that good quality pubs are at the heart of successful towns and villages across the country. Our bod café bars build on that and are designed to meet a new desire by our customers for a multi-purpose venue, open throughout the day.
“Following the success of the bod brand, we are currently developing a medium-term plan to find the right development sites across the Midlands and North West.”
Titanic Brewery produces a range of multi-award-winning beers, including Iceberg and Plum Porter, which are sold at pubs across the UK and available in bottles from many off licenses, superstores and online retailers.
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The Titanic fleet –
Pubs: The Bulls Head, Burslem, The Greyhound, Newcastle-under-Lyme, The White Star, Stoke, The Royal Exchange, Stone, The Sun, Stafford, The Roebuck, Leek, The Cheshire Cheese, Buxton, The Old Poets’ Corner, Ashover.
bod café bars at Weeping Cross, Stafford, Stoke Station, Trentham and Newport.