Pub set to open new village shop

Opening Soon - Matteo Frau of The Red Lion in Birchover will be converting this garage into a village shop.
Opening Soon - Matteo Frau of The Red Lion in Birchover will be converting this garage into a village shop.

A POPULAR pub is set to extend its services and become a village shop – in a bid to help the community.

The award-winning Red Lion Inn, in Birchover, will be converting an annexe in to a convenience store and deli .

The store is set to open in March after landlord Matteo Frau stepped in to help following the closure of the village shop last year. He said he would be selling locally produced goods as well as convenience items.

He added: “The pub is part of the community and we want to extend that with the shop.

“Around 70 per cent of the things in the shop will be products from across the national park and we will also be selling food we make in the pub. We will also be offering things like cans of beans and items people need every day. We will still be giving a service for the village.”

The pub, which has won a host of awards including CAMRA Pub of the Year last year and accolades for its homemade cheese, will also extend its kitchen area and classes in cheese, beer and bread making will be on offer.

Matteo said new jobs would also be created by converting the annexe – which was granted planning permission by the Peak District National Park Authority.

Three people were made redundant when the former shop, in Main Street, shut last October.

Matteo added: “People really miss the shop – it’s not a proper village without a village shop.”