Green light for Against The Grain expansion plans

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Venue: Swinnow Grange Mills. Photo: Google

A micro pub which only opened at a Bramley mill complex last year has received the green light for its expansion plans.

Tucked away in Swinnow Grange Mills, Stanningley Road, Against the Grain serves craft ales and liquors, cocktails, spirits and wines from across the world – and owners say it’s so popular they’re having to turn people away.

Founder Owen Wilson, 37, has successfully applied to Leeds City Council to extend his bar into an existing unit at Swinnow Grange Mills, and put in a decked outdoor seating area. The move will increase his covers from 25 to 71.

Venue: Swinnow Grange Mills, Stanningley Road. Photo: Google

A planning application originally submitted to Leeds City Council last month stated: “We have acquired a part of unit one next door to our premises. We are wanting to add this to our bar as another eating and drinking area. There will be an entrance to the room from the existing bar. 

“We have traded as ‘Against the Grain’ for a year now and have had zero complaints or issues whatsoever. We are turning customers away on occasions so to have the extra space would be ideal.”

A council planning. officer’s report approving the application stated: “The principle of the use is considered acceptable, and the limited cumulatively scale of the use would not create undue levels of noise and disturbance, nor are there any highway safety concerns.

“The increased space and uplift in covers will also likely see economic benefits brought forward.”

Against The Grain offers craft beers, cocktails and food including pizza, meat and cheese platters.

Initial planning permission for the micro pub was granted bay Leeds City Council last year. Planning officers imposed conditions including restricting outside seating, no amplified music and tannoys and to limit the covers to 25 in the pub.

The plans can be read in full here.


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