January Pub of the Month
Artisan Tap

This distinctly unique and quirky bar has emerged in a fantastic space next door to The Old House at Home pub. Customers constantly ask about what the building used to be, and the answer is that many years ago, when the Victoria Theatre was based on the corner of Victoria and Hartshill Roads, the building was used as a props and scenery making workshop, but in later years it was used as everything from a car repair garage to a bathroom showroom. Taken on by Wayne Lucas about nine years ago, it became a music shop, recording studio and rehearsal rooms, and his dream of adding his own music venue and craft ale bar to the premises finally came to fruition in July 2017.

As Wayne is a professional sound technician, the bar quickly established itself as one of the finest small music venues in the UK, with bands coming from all over the country to play to enthusiastic crowds.

Demand for the beers and spirits means that music is not possible at the weekends, but regular events are held on weekday nights and Sunday afternoons.

On the beer front, there are four hand-pulled casks and eight craft beers and lagers, plus three ever-changing traditional ciders and a good selection of bottled European and UK beers, lagers and ciders. A good selection of wines and spirits are on offer, plus a fabulous choice of gin cocktails.

The bar is very much part of the local community and takes part in local music and charity events as often as they can. Even though officially based in Stoke-on-Trent, the Artisan Tap joins in with the Newcastle Jazz and Blues Festival, hosting a variety of top notch local bands.

The opening of Artisan Tap has encouraged people from all over the Potteries to head to Hartshill for a night out as there is now such a good choice of pubs in the village that offer a wide range of cask and craft ales. Local dog walkers can often be found in the bar, with their canine companions who are greeted with free treats and water bowls.

Future plans at The Tap, as it is known by regulars, include conversion of the former café into a second bar servery area and, later in the year, conversion of the upstairs into a function room for private events, meetings and community get togethers. Please join us for the presentation on Wednesday, 2nd January at approximately 8.30pm (half way through the branch meeting)

Andy Parkin
Address:
552 Hartshill Road, Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 6AF
Telephone:
01782 618 378
Opening Hours:
Monday & Tuesday 4pm - 10pm; Wednesday & Thursday 4pm - 11pm; Friday 3pm - 11pm; Saturday 2pm – 11pm; Sunday 2pm-10pm