A new off license and bar is on its way to Lavender Hill. No Boring Beer have applied for a premises license to take over the shop at 22 Lavender Hill, which for the last couple of years has been home to the Children of the Mekong charity shop.
No Boring Beer are a small business created by beer enthusiasts Nikita and Roman; they already run two shops in south London – one in a railway arch in the square next to Deptford station, and on Tower Bridge Road. Their beer tastes are clearly adventurous – with over 200 beers from local breweries and a large seasonal beer assortment. They’re not just selling bottled & canned beer either, with 6 rotating draught lines in the Deptford branch and 4 in Southwark (pictured below), selling beer to take off the premises in refillable growlers.
They’re also applying for a license for consumption on the premises. It’s a small shop spread over the ground floor and a storage basement, and won’t have much indoor capacity – but it’s worth noting that half of the pavement along this stretch of Lavender Hill – the part that is covered with tarmac rather than paving stones – belongs to the shops, so they could have a small amount of outside seating without needing to apply for a separate pavement license.
They’re only a few doors down from the site of the old Microbar, which was a very successful local institution for many years, famed for its wide and eclectic beer selection, before the premises changed hands in 2009 and underwent a (with hindsight) unwise change of focus to become the short-lived Ink Rooms, and in doing so lost much of its ‘interesting beer’ heritage.
It’s good to see this new arrival to Lavender Hill, which will tap in to a growing market for interesting and unusual beer. There’s clearly still plenty of work to do in addition to securing the premises license, but we’ll let you know when No Boring Beer opens for business.