A new micro pub, selling real ales and ciders, is going from strength to strength thanks in no small measure to 24-Seven Cooling doing a good turn for one of its first customers.
Mike Williams employed the Great Wyrley engineering firm to install air conditioning and smoke pollution control devices in his chain of betting shops when the firm started out in 2001.
It was a major contract which helped 24-Seven Cooling to get off the ground and establish itself as one of the region’s leading providers of commercial refrigeration and air conditioning, with a turnover last year of £4.5m.
Seventeen years on and managing director Ean Jones seized his chance to return the favour when Mr Williams asked him to do some work at his son’s newly opened pub, Andy’s Ale House, also in Great Wyrley.
Mr Jones said: “Mike asked us to quote for a cellar cooling system. We also put in an air conditioning unit later on because the customers were too hot. I said you gave us a break when we started, so we will bill for the work in three months’ time to give him a chance to get some money coming over the counter.
“Now they’re already looking at expanding and opening other micro pubs in the area, based on the same formula. Mike was one of our very first customers, who put his faith in us, and it’s nice to get the opportunity to help his son make a success of his new venture.”
Andy’s Ale House, which opened in March, is Great Wyrley’s first micro pub. It is owned and run by Andy Williams and Andy Ince who serve beers from around the country, as well as ciders, fine wines and spirits. The pub is housed in a former retail unit at Quinton Court Shopping Centre.
The Campaign for Real Ale, which has reviewed Andy’s Ale House, says the beers and ciders are changed regularly. There is no loud music, nor television screens. Instead customers are allowed to bring in their own games for entertainment. Other people who have reviewed the pub describe it as a gem.