BEERS from across Lancashire could be made even easier to sample if permission is granted for a new craft bar.

Applicants have applied to the Ribble Valley Borough Council to change the use of a property on in Clitheroe town centre from a retail unit to a drinking premises.

The aim of the owner's is to open a craft beer bar named the The Beer Shack which will sell beers local to the Ribble Valley and further afield.

Hard to find beers from around the world will also be on offer in the new bottle shop and bar.

Applicant Robert Ormerod said: “We would also be selling a small range of boutique spirits again sourced from distillers in the Ribble Valley where possible. We feel that we will be unique as we are avoiding selling products from big brands, with the exception of some soft drinks and where possible sourcing all of our products locally.

“As well as our alcoholic drinks we will be offering hot drinks, soft drinks and a small selection of cold snacks. We also hope to offer products for special dietary requirements, such as vegan and gluten free. There will be the option of a takeaway service as well as drinking in.”

The hopeful applicants also plan to but work into a decked area at the back of the shop to allow for a small seating area.

Signage on the front of the building will also be changed to reflect the new business, though it is to remain the same size and shape as it is presently.

Should permission be granted, the new town centre bar would be open six days a week from Tuesday to Sunday.

The venue plans to open during in the mornings to serve the passing market trade with soft and hot drinks and snacks, with no alcohol to be served on the premises before midday.