Lisa Thear's pub on Front Street isn't your average drinking establishment!
Lisa tells us about her award-winning Micropub and it's range of real ales and ciders...

Good things come in MICRO packages – Lisa Thear, Wor Local

Wor Local – Prudhoe’s smallest public house – packs a real punch with its selection of ales and ciders, bottled lagers and hundreds of spirits, as owner Lisa Thear explains.

Everyone has a local pub, but not everyone has a local micropub. Wor Local, based on Front Street, is yours.

Wor Andrea enjoyed a pint of Beavertown Neck Oil and chatted to owner Lisa Thear.

PB: What’s the idea behind Wor Local and micro pubs in general? LT: It’s all about the concept of small, friendly, single-roomed pubs, where you’re less likely to have to sit at a table alone, and are encouraged to mix with others, even if you go in alone.

After visiting the first micropub in Scotland in 2015, just by chance on the day it opened, we loved it. So we started visiting more micropubs and as we love real still cider and real ale.

Despite living in Prudhoe we’d always had to travel away from our home town to enjoy those drinks. So we set about bringing them to Prudhoe in a small friendly setting.

Wor Local is the kind of place where you can ask the whole pub if anyone knows a plumber, or where you can buy timber etc and if we don’t come up with a local person or business we can recommend we have a customer WhatsApp group and will usually find an answer there.

PB: Do you have a background in pubs and hospitality? LT: No, I’d never worked in or ran a pub before, and had never wanted to. After many years living in Tenerife we returned to the UK and just loved the idea of running a small real ale and cider pub where we could choose on a weekly basis where we bought our drinks from.

PB: Your bar area looks amazing, tell us about the variety of drinks… LT: We have absolutely loads, as you can see. When we first opened we had four real ales on tap, several still real ciders, one local gin, a vodka and a whiskey. We were eventually asked to get in some bottled lagers, which we did, and as we got busier, we listened to the feedback of our regular customers more and more and eventually introduced several lagers and ciders on draft too. It’s all about listening to your customers as they’re the ones who are going to keep you in business.

PB: What are your most popular drinks at the minute? LT: Gins have become really popular, especially the flavoured ones, so the spirit shelves have grown, but our most popular drinks are still real ale, followed by real still cider, which is why have been voted into the Good Beer Guide for several years.

PB: You were introduced to us by Gordon Stewart as an “award winning micropub” – tell us about your awards… LT: We are the current South West Northumberland Pub Of The Year, overall Northumberland Cider Pub Of The Year and have just been shortlisted to represent the North East CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) branch at the regional competition this year.

PB: A running theme in this issue is ‘use it or lose it’ and why we need to support physical businesses – why should people come for a drink at Wor Local? LT: Being a micropub brings people into Prudhoe as, like me and many of our customers, as soon as we visit an area we look up to see if there is a micro pub there. Featuring in the Good Beer Guide also brings passionate real ale and cider drinkers to our town, as do the CAMRA awards.

Of course, these visitors will not only visit us but they will also shop and eat on our highstreet as well.

We love to shop local and happily choose at times to pay a little extra to use local shops and businesses. Our name says it all… it’s Wor Local so we do agree – ‘use it or lose it’.

“Our most popular drinks are still real ale, followed by real still cider, which is why we have been voted into the Good Beer Guide for several years.”