As part of Wycombe District Council’s Old Town Renewal project The Red Squirrel Brewing Company is to open a brewery shop and tasting bar in Church Street, High Wycombe.
The Brewery Shop Emporium will stock more than 150 craft beers, which cannot be found in supermarkets, with 26 draft beers available on tap to drink in the tasting bar.
The Emporium will be spread across two floors with a first floor outside terrace and an artisan stone-baked pizza eatery. High-end roasted coffee will also be served.
High Wycombe is the first place to get a Brewery Shop Emporium, Red Squirrel’s extended brewery shop designed specifically for larger towns and cities. The firm, based in Hertfordshire, also has brewery shops in Amersham, Berkhamsted, and Chesham.
Subject to planning consent, it will be located at 4-5 Church Street, the former Millets unit which was bought and renovated by Wycombe District Council as part of the authority’s aim to breathe new life into the historic area of the town centre.
Wycombe District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration, Cllr Roger Wilson, said: ‘The Red Squirrel Brewery Shop Emporium is a wonderful addition to High Wycombe’s retail and leisure offer, and a boost to the ‘old’ area of the town.
We have been quietly pursuing a regeneration initiative, acquiring old shops, often on historic leases, and representing them.
This often involves extensive refurbishments, as is the case with the Church Street unit, to attract new independent businesses like Red Squirrel Brewing Co to improve the visitor experience of the town.
It is a step-by-step process with more work to do but, as you can see, Wycombe District Council is taking action to breathe new life into High Wycombe’s ‘old town’.‘
It is the third unit bought by the council, the others being Yes Please Golf in Frogmoor and business incubator unit Enterprise HQ in Church Street.
Expressions, also in Church Street, is another unit let by the authority with more deals to potentially follow as part of the authority’s aim to regenerate the ‘old town’.
Red Squirrel spokesman Tim Hickford said: ‘Our High Wycombe site has been in development for a long time and we are so excited to be finally sharing our plans with the town.
When The Brewery Shop Emporium opens it will be a real hub for fostering passion and sharing knowledge of the incredible craft beer scene.
There has never been a better time to be a beer drinker than right now and we can’t wait to show that to the people of High Wycombe.‘