How did we get here?
Originally from Northampton Nat and Dave visited friends in Weymouth during 2017 and decided it would be nice to move here one day, you know, once retired etc. Anyway, on a quiet day at work Nat, rather than searching the web for shoes and handbags decided to look for jobs and somewhere to live in Weymouth. One thing led to another and she cleverly was offered a job at a legal firm in Dorchester. In the meantime, what was Dave to do? It seemed an ideal opportunity for Dave to do something different, ideally working for himself. But nothing initially came to mind. This discussion took place in Northampton’s micropub St Gile’s Ale House and it’s fair to say after a couple of beers there was that light bulb moment!! So, by January 2018 we had officially moved to Weymouth, the rest of the winter was spent filling in all the required paperwork and after much re-wiring and plastering The Doghouse opened on June 30 2018.
What is a micro pub?
There are many different ideas as to what consitutes a micro-pub (or Micro Pub or micropub etc). Generally a micro-pub is typically a small local shop converted into a free-house, usually one room. Micropubs usually sell cask ale from local microbreweries benefitting the local community and economy. They often have shorter opening hours than traditional pubs. The Micropub Association definition of a micro-pub: “listens to its customers, mainly serves cask ales, promotes conversation, shuns all forms of electronic entertainment and dabbles in traditional pub snacks”.
OK, so we have bent a few of these ‘rules’. We do have a television – well I wanted to watch the Six Nations! We also don’t mind discrete mobile phone usage. We have Wi-fi, how else are you going to check in on Facebook? We have a darts board, it keeps me amused in those long, dark, quieter winter days when Weymouth is empty. Lager? Lager! Surely a micro-pub can’t be selling lager? Well, we do, but only bottled lagers. I don’t want to lose a group of lads because one will only drink lager. And yes, it does happen. We have also had one person commenting ‘you can’t be a micro-pub as you are open seven days a week’. Right oh then! Anyway we close Sundays during the winter so that showed him.
You may vape in the pub if other customers are not inconvenienced. We are dog friendly and welcome well-behaved children before 7pm.
Please note our opening hours change from summer to winter
The pub does get very hot in the summer so we now have air conditioning installed, it certainly makes a big difference for the staff behind the bar, hopefully our customers too. We have been lucky through the Covid lockdown to be able to finally replace our floor. The damp, subsiding wooden floor has been ripped up and replaced with a solid (more level) concrete base now beautifully covered with an Amtico wood effect floor. Additionally, (the piece de resistance) our new resin floor in front of the bar is spectacular, a must see for anyone visiting Weymouth. Check out our picture gallery. We have also been able to add new furniture and tidy up the toilet. We’re getting there!