Dave Keith Bott
Dave and Keith Bott

Titanic Brewery is drawing up a five-year plan to roll out its successful bod café bar concept as the finishing touches are made to the fourth venue.

A new bod café bar will open on the High Street, Newport, Shropshire, on  Monday (September 9). Created in a former NatWest Bank, it 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 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.

The 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.

Director Dave Bott said: “We have been looking at [Newport] 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.”

Superb location in the heart of Newport

“We are really excited to be opening the doors in Newport on Monday, September 9. The interior is looking fantastic and we have a superb location at the heart of historic Newport.”

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.”

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