More information has emerged about a planned new, “old-style” pub in a Herefordshire town.

A proposal to convert a disused shop on New Street, Ledbury into a Weavers Real Ale House has been submitted by Dean Cartwright of the Pig Iron Brewing Co of Kidderminster for planning approval.

The group opened a similar venue in Malvern in November 2021 to add to two longer-established pubs in Kidderminster.


Aimed at residents, shoppers and tourists, the new pub “will support the daytime and nighttime vitality and viability of the town centre, bringing employment and customers”, the application says.

It will have 38 table seats on the ground floor only, with no seating at the bar “to encourage people to buy drinks and then move to a table”, it adds.

As with other pubs in the group, it will have eight ale hand-pulls, four cider hand-pulls, three lagers and a range of craft ales.


There will be no live music, only “low-level background music”, and no prepared food – “therefore no flue or noise assessment is required”.

It will stay open until midnight on Saturdays, 10:30pm on Sundays, and 11pm all other nights.

Formerly home to the Navigator clothes shop, the grade II* listed building sits among several other historic listed buildings within the town’s conservation area.

It has previously housed a sweet shop, a wine bar, an Indian restaurant and an estate agents.

The conversion would require “no physical changes to the building externally and minimal internal adaptations”, the brewer’s application says. “It will not impact on any heritage assets.”

Comments on the application, numbered 233084, can be made until November 23.

A consultation on an application to grant a drinks licence to the new pub has just ended.