IT’S becoming more and more apparent that our beer and social drinking habits are a changing. Really? I hear you say. Well, the reason I make this statement is the plethora of micro-bars witnessed over the last three or four years.

These small drinking dens where beer and conversation are paramount are popping up everywhere. In fact, every town, big or small, appears to have one. Blimey, the small town of Colne, boasts three - and the trio are next door to each other!

The march of the micros has continued with Todmorden recently unveiling its first micro-bar adjacent to the market.

The Pub opened its doors three months ago this weekend. And proprietors, Mel and Glenn Kendall, appear to be operating a successful venture, after a very busy Bank Holiday weekend.

Mel said: “We had a really good Bank Holiday period - and all the beers have flown out. We have been very pleased with trade since we opened.”

The brightly lit bar, with its white walls, is immaculately presented. It offers comfy soft furnishings around its perimeter; wooden flooring and a very attractive bar made from reclaimed timber.

It’s a quirky type of establishment on two levels; mixing the old with the new. The shuttle behind the bar, along with the old signage and photos adorning the walls, blend well with the modern lighting and light oak furnishings. Mel said: “We wanted to reflect both the old and new feel; especially the old. Todmorden was involved with Lancashire cotton and Yorkshire wool as depicted on the Town Hall statues close by.”

The bar offers an excellent range of five cask ales and a draught cider. It also has between 25 and 30 gins - all UK distilled. Mel said: “We have four rotating cask beers and the Thornbridge Jaipur is permanent. Ales are a flat rate £3, with Jaipur priced at £3.50.” Mel added: “ if customers are working their way through the five beers, the Jaipur is usually the last beer of the day.”

There was a good selection on my visit - and good to see local breweries being supported, including two from Todmorden brewer, Eagles Crag and one from Moorhouse’s.

I initially plumped for the Pendle Witches Brew. This refreshing, fruity, sweet malty potion, was a delight - and in great condition. The second tasty tipple I chose came courtesy of Eagles Crag. Their fruity Amber Ale was another thumbs up - a delicious drop.

The tasty beverages were certainly paramount in thoroughly enjoying this social drinking experience. Mel was a most affable and helpful host. The clientele were friendly, chatty and welcoming; in this snug and comfortable environment.

Will these type drinking destinations continue to increase and flourish? It certainly appears so judging by the number that are becoming more visible on our high streets, both locally and further afield.