19 JULY 2021 UPDATE...
The current relaxation of the COVID regulations
would be sufficient to reopen The Rat.
However, the lease expires on August 18 and
we have yet to see any sign of a renewal.
It will take an investment of several thousand to
reopen, so until a lease renewal is achieved,
reopening is not an option.
Of course, there's every chance that by the time
the lease is sorted, we may be back in lockdown.
Remember when life was "normal"?
Fret not. The Rat will return.
NOTES TO POTENTIAL MICROPUB OWNERS
1. If you never open a micropub, you'll never have a successful micropub.
2. There is no "formula". It is your baby and what everybody else has done should have little bearing on your setup.
3. Until you have identified your premises, there is no point in trying to sort out details. Everything and anything can be changed by your choice of premises - beer quantities, toilet facilities, furniture, cooling, insurance, the lot. Quit worrying about all that lot and get on with finding somewhere to operate.
4. We get numerous requests for help and information from people who are planning to create a micropub. Although we want micropubs to flourish and we are happy to assist where we can, the basics are down to you and your personality, budget, lifestyle, location, etc.
5. Please don't contact us for help and information at least until you have identified suitable premises, made contact with the owners, received initial approval from the owners, been inside the premises and have full details of the premises (layout, water supply, energy supply, square footage, restrictions, etc.) As stated above, premises are key to most of the decisions to be made and until you've reached this stage, your micropub is still only a pipedream. Once you have premises, you'll receive a far more constructive response to any contact you make.
6. If you contact us without taking any notice of the point (5), you will receive a pretty negative response, if any.
7. Once you have your premises, feel free to get in touch - we'll be happy to help, if we can!
To contact the Rat, please email us at:
Please don't send us spam - it will be reported and blocked, thrown in the bin and ignored.
We will also put you on our list of businesses we won't do business with.
If you want to do business with us, please come to the pub and have a chat.
If that's too much trouble, you're probably not the type of company we want to do business with!
To visit the Rat, please head for:
Rat Race Ale House
Hartlepool Railway Station
In the event that the above methods of communication are unsuitable, ultimately you can speak to the Rat on:
Please don't use this number unnecessarily. It isn't there to allow you to contact pub customers.
Cold-calls won't get any business; you will simply be put on our blacklist.
We don't do business with spammers or cold-callers.