THE Sumerians of ancient Babylon could never have known that a Chester pub would be named in their honour more than 5,000 years later.

‘Kash’ – their word for beer and the first time it was ever documented in human history – will be the name of a new pub and restaurant in premises formerly occupied by the Donato and Sandro’s restaurant in Brook Street.

Kash will fulfil an ambition by business partners Matt Riley, 37, and Alex Haycraft, 42, to create an outlet for their Runcorn-based Blue Ball brewery.

The brewery currently supplies ales such as Blonde Bombshell to pubs in Chester and across the country.

Managing director Matt, from Frodsham, said: “We want it to be very relaxed. If people want to have a pint they can, if they want to have a snack or a full meal, they can.”

There will be two cask ales, five draught beers, plus 50 bottled beers from around the world as well as seven red and seven white wines plus rosé, sparkling wines and cocktails.

Brewing director Alex will manage the restaurant and Matt will help out in the kitchen from time to time.

The premises, which includes a beer garden, are being decorated in a wine bar style with a deep purple colour scheme and oak tables.

The venture, which aims to capitalise on the extra trade generated by the new comedy club nearby, will create three catering posts and six bar jobs.

Matt explained that parent company, Beer Republic, also operates a micro brewery consultancy and supplies home brewing kits for domestic customers in the brewery shop.