Lancaster's nightlife is set to benefit from a new city centre pub offering local cask and craft ales.

Dr Gruff Morris has teamed up with friends Jack Gregory and Dave McIntyre, fellow real ale fans, to open a new venue in the heart of Lancaster city centre.

Although the name for the new pub is "still to be decided" the vision is most definitely determined with the three pals hoping to cash in on their shared passion for craft, cask and keg real ales.

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Dr Morris, who completed his doctorate in artificial intelligence at Lancaster University, spoke to LancsLive about his plans for the pub in Slip Inn Lane.

Plans: Gruff Morris and Dave McIntyre outside the new venue
Plans: Gruff Morris and Dave McIntyre outside the new venue

"It's a project of passion more than anything," the 36-year-old said.

"Me, Jack and Dave used to go around town together. My friend Brendan who has just passed away used to talk to me about how we should get a pub together and after he died I started speaking to Jack and Dave about it and we decided to go for it.

"We realised we had this shared passion for craft ale and decided to start up this project together."

Based in a former gym, in the historical street Slip Inn Lane, the new bar promises to offer an extensive - "not just one or two options" - non-alcoholic range, as well as plenty of locally-produced ales.

Quirky: Proposed plans for the interior
Quirky: Proposed plans for the interior

The trio have now submitted a formal planning application to change the use of the building and are hopeful of gaining permission.

"We want to put something back into Lancaster after seeing so many pubs and bars close down," Dr Morris said.

"It's not going to be a 'one size fits all' bar, we want to offer something to everyone; so it'll be cosy and intimate but also modern, and as well as craft and real ales we'll have a unique range of spirits."

The new bar was initially planned for a vacant premises in Chapel Street, and set to be named The Water Line as a nod to the floods of 2015, but the location switched to Slip Inn Lane after neighbours raised concerns with the provisional location.

Modern: How the new bar might look
Modern: How the new bar might look

Dr Morris revealed they are still "hunting for a name" which will likely be "a single word" and hopefully have reference to Lancaster's local history.

"It's going to be a free house so we won't be tied to any brewery and if a customer wants us to put on certain ales we'll be able to do that," he said.

"Normally you'd have to have a fairly big cellar for all the fixtures and fittings to dispense cask and keg ales but we've found a piece of kit from America which will allow us to refrigerate and gas the beer out of one unit."

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