An impression of how the Weeping Cross site will look


Titanic Brewery, which already runs a number of pubs, has unveiled plans to open a new craft beer bar, and café bar, at Stoke Station and in Stafford respectively.

The Stoke-on-Trent based brewery is to transform the former first class lounge at Stoke Station into a pleasant place to enjoy a snack, a coffee or a pint of award-winning beer.

It also plans to transform the former Co-Op in Bodmin Avenue, Weeping Cross, Stafford, into a café bar, with a target opening date of early April.

The Stoke Station project is still at an early stage, with the brewery stating the need to carry-out “sympathetic refurbishment work” to an historic building.

Director, David Bott, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce our new plans. We have acquired two fantastic sites and both are very different to our current pubs, presenting exciting new challenges.”

Titanic Brewery has been successful in taking on redundant pubs and reviving them. The company currently runs seven managed pubs in Staffordshire and Derbyshire and has gained a reputation for offering customers high quality community pubs. The new café bars will open early for breakfast coffee, pastries and food.

Relaxed atmosphere

David added: “Both bars will serve a good range of hot and soft drinks, real ale, craft beers, wines and spirits. They will have a relaxed atmosphere and be a place to sit and enjoy a snack or meal.

“We have been looking at the Weeping Cross site for some time and we’ve been grateful to receive a lot of support from the community. There is currently a lack of places to sit down with a beer or a coffee in the area.

“Taking on the former first class lounge at Stoke Station is another exciting opportunity. We want to create both a special place for train users and the local community. It is an opportunity to give visitors to our city a good and lasting first impression of Stoke-on-Trent.”

The brewery is advertising for pub managers and there will be several jobs created in both venues.

Titanic Brewery was founded in 1985 and is owned by brothers Keith and David Bott. It started life as a micro-brewery but has grown to produce more than 3 million pints of beer a year. Itemploys around 150 people at its head office, in Burslem, and at its seven pubs.

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, supermarkets and online retailers.

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