Step inside Garden Lane’s ‘best beer baaar containing the word goat’, the newest kid on the block.

Goat and Munch opened its doors just two weeks ago and business is already booming according to owner Dave Wilson, a former drinks supplier enjoying his new role on the other side of the bar.

With a capacity of just 50, the craft beer pub – which was born out of a desire to enjoy tasty beer – offers punters decent and often locally-brewed beers in an intimate but sociable setting comprising two rooms where strangers can strike up conversation over a pint.

Good reception

“It’s gone really well so far and we’re getting a real mix of people in, which I’m really pleased about – locals, real ale-lovers and students,” Dave revealed.

“People seem to like it; we give them somewhere else to go.

“It’s a really sociable place – we have had neighbours who live on the same street come in and finally talk to each other.”

What Goat and Munch looked like before
What Goat and Munch looked like before

The site of a former Hoover repair shop, Goat and Munch needed some real tender loving care when Dave and his wife Louisa picked up the keys.

One big renovation job later and now it’s ‘chilled, open and friendly’, Dave says, with its rustic aesthetic and relaxed vibe.

Dave explained: “It’s more of a meeting place than a big night out; somewhere to chat and drink good beer.

“People can come here, then on to The Bouverie and then The Chichester Arms.”

But they don’t just do beer – wines, cocktails and a limited spirits selection all feature on the menu too.

Dave and Louisa looked at a few different sites before making Garden Lane home for their new venture because ‘it was the best and the area has a nice vibe, with lots of artists here’.

So what’s the plan?

“Just to keep offering better and better beer and keep on doing what we’re doing,” Dave said.

Cheers to that.