Garden City Brewery is lined up for Letchworth

An artist's impression of the Garden City Brewery. Credit: Holly-Anne Rolfe.

An artist's impression of the Garden City Brewery. Credit: Holly-Anne Rolfe. - Credit: Archant

A former café which has been standing vacant in Letchworth for almost a year could be turned into a microbrewery and bar if plans get the thumbs-up.

A proposal has been submitted to turn the building which was formerly known as Aly’s Diner – one of the largest structures in The Wynd – into the Garden City Brewery.

The brewery would produce traditional English ales, heritage brews and US-inspired craft ales, with the main brewing equipment visible from the drinking area but separated from the public by a serving bar.

Holly-Anne Rolfe, who put forward the application to North Herts District Council, said: “We feel Letchworth really needs somewhere relaxed and intimate to have a drink in the evening with a friendly, open, contemporary feel and, most importantly, somewhere that brews its own ales.

“We really believe it will help rejuvenate not only The Wynd but the entire town centre, offering the customer greater diversity and helping to make Letchworth a more vibrant place for all.


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“It really feels, with the new theatre plans coming to fruition at the Broadway Cinema and developments like the Premier Inn getting the go-ahead, like Letchworth’s on the up – and we’re very keen to be a part of that.”

Matthew Foulis, who is portfolio manager for the Letchworth Garden City Foundation, said: “The brewery is an exciting concept which will bring something new and interesting to the town.

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“As well as brewing their own ales and craft beers, they will also be selling a range of drinks and food. With the necessary consents, the brewing process will be well under way by the spring.”

If passed, the bar would be open between 12 noon and 10pm from Monday to Thursday and on Sundays, but until an hour later on Fridays and Saturdays. The brewery would only be open between 7am and 12 noon on weekends.

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