Following the demise of many great pubs in and around Chapeltown and High Green, it feels strange to be celebrating the opening of new premises, albeit a ‘Micropub’. Thankfully this is a great place (and reason) to celebrate, it’s a real gem!
What is a Micropub?
The Licensing Act of 2003 made it far easier to obtain a license for a 'Micropub'. Defined as a small, one-roomed 'Public House', the first one opened in 2005. The popularity of Micropubs increased so much, that the 'Micropub Association' was formed in 2012. They define a Micropub as "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". In 2012, two were included in The Campaign for Real Ale's yearly awards for the first time.
So far, Samuel has been in three Micropubs and loved them all. The enthusiasm and dedication
is very impressive, as is the quality of the Beer, Cider, Wine and Gins. The atmosphere,
conversation and absence of electronic noise is very welcome. None of the dead-eyed cynicism
and opportunism of the large chains currently dominating the pub scene.
Not only have the owners of Chapeltown Tap House and Gin bar been brave enough to start a
new business in this climate, they’ve created a really great space within the limitations of the
Railway arches and developed a successful business, in a relatively short space of time.
Opened in September 2018, ‘Chap Tap’ has quickly become a popular destination for
discerning drinkers wanting to get away from the corporate blandness of the nearby
Wetherspoons and the rowdiness of the Thorncliffe Arms.
Samuel always make the effort to spend time here whilst visiting friends back in the UK.
It’s a really pleasant place to be, with an interesting mix of quality local beers and Gins.
There’s always good offers on to warm the heart of any Yorkshireman, along with ’Yorkshire tapas’ (fabulous free Pork Pie). The bar snacks are also excellent quality, particularly the Pork scratchings! The last time Samuel visited, the beer and the double - gins were excellent, he particularly enjoyed a local Rhubarb & Ginger Gin, with a perfect Rhubarb tonic, a marvellous time was had by all...