Moulsham Street in Chelmsford is about to get a trendy new craft bar.
Planning permission was granted last Friday (August 11) for Moulsham Tap, a new craft beer and real ale bar which will take over the old Protein Paradise store next to Tesco Express.
Business partners Jim Hollas and Ben Norton, who have been friends since their time at Bishop’s Stortford School, are hoping to open the new bar in the heart of Moulsham Street by the second week of September.
Mr Hollas, 48, who is joint-owner of Protein Paradise and Moulsham Tap, said: “After a lot of research, we could see people wanted craft beer.
“Gone are the days where you would sit down with a pint and a packet of pork scratchings – now you have a nice craft beer and a cheese board.”
Protein Paradise has been relocated to Byron Road to make way for the new drinking venue.
The old store is currently undergoing major construction work to make sure it is fit for purpose by next month.
“We have moved Protein Paradise to Bryon Road as this site was too big for what it was,” Mr Hollas continued.
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The bar will serve between 150 and 200 different beers and ales as well as 50 types of gin.
Mr Hollas said: “We are not having a fixed menu other than a few house favourites – we will probably change our beers twice a week.
“We have close links with local breweries and distilleries and we have had great support from them – Mighty Oak Brewing Company and Brentwood Brewing Company are going to be supplying to our bar.
“Gin is also a very popular and fashionable drink at the moment.
“We are mainly sourcing our drinks from Essex, Kent and London but we also have suppliers from around the country and around the world.”
Moulsham Street is already home to many pubs and bars including The Anchor, The Cricketers Inn, The Bay Horse, The Black Horse, The Star and Garter and Maisons Bar.
But Mr Hollas says that Moulsham Street could become the city’s new craft beer hotspot with this new addition.
“The location is ideal”, he said.
“The area has four or five real ale and craft beer bars already – another one could really create a name for the area.”
As well as their range of locally-sourced beverages, Moulsham Tap will also provide cold food for customers to enjoy.
“We will be serving pies, scotch eggs, cheese boards and meat platters – we will also be offering advice on what beer pairs with what food.
“We also offer taster beer platters which are wooden paddles with three glasses on all with a different type of beer, and customers can even take beer away with them as well.”
Ben Norton also owns a share in Leigh-on-Sea Brewery, a new brewing company which will supply to the new establishment.
The 48-year-old from Hornchurch said: “It will be the first bar north of Leigh-on-Sea that we are supplying to.”
So Chelmsford drinkers, keep your eyes peeled for the city’s latest boozer.
Source: Essex Live