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”.
So far, I've 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.
The Wath Tap has become one of Samuel’s favourites. Opened in 2016 by Mel and Roy, it's quickly become one of the best pubs in the area, winning the CAMRA 'Rotherham Pub of the Year' competition in 2017, 2018 and 2019 (and deservedly so!) They have a very extensive range of excellent craft Beers and Ciders which are constantly updated. They also have a great range of Gins and other Spirits, Mrs Peeps has a particular love of their Rhubarb Gin! They have become a valued part of the community.
They also have regular (very popular) music nights and also have an extensive collection of board games and books to keep you amused.
They even have a world-travelling 'Alpaca' which customers can borrow to take with them on their holidays, it makes regular appearances on their Facebook page. You can find their Facebook page here
We had our Engagement party at Wentworth Woodhouse, they provided the 'Outbar' and did an outstanding job, highly recommended! They were even kind enough to arrange a supply of Samuel and Mrs Peep’s favourite Cider (Happy Daze). Every time he's back in Wath (to see Mrs Peeps), they make a point of visiting, it's a great little pub! Highly recommended.