Micawber’s Wine Bar Grimsby
I’d better not say this is a long lost pub in Lincolnshire as I used to drink in there, an old photograph stirred the memory of what was . . .
The first wine bar in Lincolnshire Grimsby . . .
The beginning of the 1980s, Thatcher’s Britain, pubs gave way to wine bars in London, then elsewhere, eventually the wine bar made it to Lincolnshire and Grimsby, arguably the home of alcoholic consumption in Lincolnshire.
Micawber’s Wine Bar, situated at 11 West St Mary’s Gate, on the site of St Mary’s Church, was meant to be Dickensian, wooden beams, floors etc, it was alright really.
I know because I often drank in there and despite being Grimsby’s first wine bar I don’t think I ever saw anybody with a glass of wine
The original building is, I believe, Victorian and was the Head Post Office until 1910 when it became the office of the Registrar of the High Court of Justice.
Before it became a Public House it remained unoccupied for some time and required a great deal of work internally.
To their credit to monumental wooden beams and pillars were not fake but actually salvaged from the docks and used to be support piles for the wharves - they were fantastic!
There was also an ‘upstairs’ created in the form a mezzanine floor which overlooked the main bar.
I have fond memories of the place and it wasn’t nearly as bad as it might have been given the idea and period.
It is now a pub called Bailey’s I believe, though I don’t think I’ve ever been in, perhaps I should take a look and see how it’s changed.
If you know anything at all about Micawber’s in Grimsby, even just reminiscences then please do leave a comment