One of the more recent phenomena in the pub and beer world has been the growth of the micro pub, small simple pubs that specialise in local beers from local breweries and with an emphasis on social drinking in a relaxing atmosphere.
They are often in redundant shops or other small units free from the excessives of large TV screens or loud jukeboxes – they are places where friendly conversation rules.
One of the first in this area is the highly recommended Andover Tap, now to be followed shortly by the Cocky Anchor in the centre of Romsey, while there is another with planning permission but not yet open in Ludgershall. While many larger pubs close, this is a rapidly growing market, despite the downturns created by the Covid crisis.
A micropub is a small freehouse which listens to its customers, mainly serves cask ales, promotes conversation, shuns all forms of electronic entertainment and dabbles in traditional pub snacks.