Micro-pub plan for station café

Tynemouth station
Tynemouth station

A much-loved Tynemouth café could become a real ale pub as its owners look to update their business.

Porters coffee shop in the historic station has been a cornerstone of the area for 25 years.

Now owner Mick Bowman, 67, is hoping to transform it into a real ale pub.

He said: “We think a good real pub would suit the area and be popular with customers.

“We’re going for a micro-pub style. There’ll be no gaming machines or anything like that, just good beers, good wine and socialising.

“It will have a craft ale niche and everyone loves a good railway station pub.”

The planning application says the bar is hoping to attract a ‘mature clientele’.

In a report to the council, Mr Bowman says: ‘The ethos behind this bar is people can enjoy a good beer and wine and have a conversation. We will have games such as dominoes, Scrabble, going back to the old style of socialising.

“We would also like to have the occasional music night as we have built up a good selection of local musicians who currently play at Porters.”

Mr Bowman has been running Porters alongside his wife Evelyn since 1994 and they have had an alcohol licence for that time.

If planning permission was granted, refurbishment work to create a bar area and extra toilets would be needed.

In the application for a change of use, Mr Bowman says that his family will ensure the listed building is protected. He is hoping the bar would be open by the end of August.

Laura Hill, local democracy reporter