Burnt Pig set for expansion

Simon Clarke at his new micro-pub 'The Burnt Pig' in Ilkeston.
Simon Clarke at his new micro-pub 'The Burnt Pig' in Ilkeston.

A micro pub in Ilkeston has proved so popular that it is set to expand just three months after it opened.

The Burnt Pig Ale ‘ Ouse on Market Street has become so busy that owner Simon Clarke has had to turn people away.

He has put in an application to Erewash Borough Council for permission to let people use space he has at the back of the pub in an unused storage area. This would mean space for 25 more people meaning the pub would be able to cater for 70 customers.

The pub serves ales and ciders from local breweries.

Mr Clarke said: “We are doing very well. More and more so because the real ale scene in Ilkeston is more vibrant - they visit us then travel to more than one pub.

“We have more variety with the ales as the weeks go on - we change them and have up to 12 different beers every week. We use local breweries were we can. The local ones - such as North Star in Furnass Road - are popular.”

He has submitted the plans in order to get the area licensed and make extended use of the space that they have already got.

He added: “We will be able to extend the seating area to get more people in because at the moment we’re really struggling. We’re trying to make a little courtyard area.

“I didn’t think it would ever be as busy as this, not at all. I’m really pleased and I think it’s down to the quality beers and the quality atmosphere.”

The licence extension area scheme means that plans for an on-site micro-brewery, which had been discussed before the Burnt Pig opened, will now be put on hold.