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Published on February 12, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

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Front runner sets off

A couple who between them had been made redundant six times in ten years have decided to do things for themselves – and open a micropub. There was also the small matter of a love of real ale and rum to consider for James Benson and his wife.

Together they have established Front Street Tap House in Monkseaton, Tyne & Wear, following significant investment to transform a vacant property into a traditional pub.

James says: “I reached the point where I thought either I continue in customer services where I could be looking for a new job every three years, or be my own boss and do something that I’ve always wanted to do. Front Street Tap House is one of the only venues in the North East to specialise in rum and we will also have a great range of ales too from independent breweries in the North East and Yorkshire. The coast is a brilliant place to be; its real ale venues are fantastic, and with the regeneration of Spanish City in Whitley Bay, it’s growing all the time. I have had so much support already from fellow micropub owners, such as the guys from the Left Luggage Room (Monkseaton) and the Town Mouse in Newcastle. It’s a very welcoming and supportive network.”


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