The first micropub in Oswestry has opened with a celebration party organised by the joinery and shop fitting company which helped turn the owner’s dreams to reality.

More than 30 people turned out to toast the opening of The Bastion Alehouse in Leg Street including architects keen to see how the former cheese shop had been converted to a tiny haven of real ale and craft beer.

The Bastion Alehouse owner, Jamie Jones, has been working with Paul Thomas of Fistral Ltd based in St Martins, to convert the premises to a micropub with capacity for 25 customers downstairs and a further 15 upstairs.

Paul and his team at Fistral helped create the interior of the new micropub by designing and building the bespoke bar and fittings.

“It was a great preview night with quite a few architects there to see how the conversion had been done, as well as family and friends. It is going to be a fantastic new venue for Oswestry,” said Paul.

Micropub owner JamieJones said he had used local companies to carry out the conversion work with Fistral Ltd as the main contractor.

The new micropub will offer a wide range of different craft beers from independent brewers. It is open Wednesday to Thursday from 4pm to 10pm and Friday to Sunday from 2pm.

“I’m really looking forward to bringing something unique to Oswestry.  The Bastion has a very special atmosphere and we’re hoping it will become a popular venue in the town,” said Jamie.

Fistral Ltd, based at the Bank Top Industrial Estate, specialises in bespoke joinery as well as designing and fitting out new premises.

The company was set up six years ago and its projects include Fouzi’s Cafe Bar and Pizzeria in Llangollen, the Castle Bistro in Chirk, Yareal UK Offices in Oswestry and the ten pin bowling centre at Cheshire Oaks.

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