A HUSBAND and wife team are one step closer to opening up a new craft beer and artisan coffee shop in Crowthorne.

‘The Hive’ was granted planning permission to open up on Dukes Ride earlier this month.

It will replace the ‘Wonky Donkey’ store which used to be based in the village, roughly 400 yards away from Crowthorne train station.

What is The Hive?

The new bar would offer small-batch craft beer, spirits and artisan coffee in a “relaxed atmosphere”.

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The Hive’s taproom would hold six kegs from independent breweries across the country as well from some of the “amazing local breweries” around Berkshire.

Occasional evening and seasonal social events are planned, including gin making, food pairings and tap takeovers.

What else is on offer?

Artisan coffee would be available to take away or drink-in, as are cakes and pastries.

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A lunch menu could become a reality sometime after the shop opens now the owners have planning permission.

What is the owners’ vision?

A statement from the owners' planning submission read: “Our ethos is to source locally and be environmentally friendly whilst showcasing the best of the UK’s independent craft drinks suppliers.

“As a local husband and wife team, we believe that our business idea will create a welcoming, unique place for the residents (and their dogs) of Crowthorne and add to the community feel in the area.

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“Having spent all our lives in the area we have seen many shops, pubs, restaurants close and see our blend of coffee shop and taproom as a perfect space for people looking for something different.”

What’s next?

The owners have submitted a licensing application to Bracknell Forest Council asking for permission to sell alcohol from up to 6pm Sunday to Tuesday, and up to 11pm Wednesday to Saturday.

They also want to be allowed to play recorded music up to the same hours listed above.

Residents who have views on these proposals can send BFC their comments by submitting them to licensing@bracknell-forest.gov.uk.