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Lidl Plans First Pub Alongside Store So You Can Have A Pint After Shopping

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Lidl Plans First Pub Alongside Store So You Can Have A Pint After Shopping

A pub as part of a supermarket would solve a lot of problems. Hungover? Hair of the dog to psyche yourself up. Tired? Cheeky little swift one. Finally done? Why not nip for a congratulatory pint?

Well, going shopping may be about to get a whole lot more interesting because Lidl has just requested planning permission for a pub alongside one of their new stores.

Just a Lidl further... to the pub. Credit: PA
Just a Lidl further... to the pub. Credit: PA

This particular budget store, which is based in Dundonald in Belfast, announced its plans for the pub which they say will offer an off licence service along with a public house.

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According to Metro, plans have been put in place for the supermarket to have a separate entrance. It is also said to have seating, a bar area and separate toilets - as well as an off-licence area where you can buy booze to take home. Basically heaven, then?

It's not known what will be on offer or how much anything will be yet but Lidl fans are hoping for a cheap visit given their prices in general.

In a statement to Metro, a Lidl spokesperson said: "Lidl can confirm it has lodged an application to open a licensed premises within our Dundonald store. This will offer shoppers an off licence service along with a public house.

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"As the fastest growing retailer in Northern Ireland, we believe Dundonald shoppers should have the opportunity to access the same great value assortment currently enjoyed by thousands of shoppers in 37 other Lidl stores in Northern Ireland."

Anyone fancy an after-shopping pint? Credit: PA
Anyone fancy an after-shopping pint? Credit: PA

If planning permission is granted, the residents of Dundonald might find that their other halves need to 'nip for a loaf of bread' more often than usual - in a bid to really slip in a few pints.

One person who managed to combat this issue is Jayne Tapper. She ended up building a pub called 'The Doghouse Inn' right in her back garden, in an attempt to stop her fella going down the local.

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Jayne Tapper and her husband, Paul. Credit: Storytrender
Jayne Tapper and her husband, Paul. Credit: Storytrender

The 48-year-old created the ultimate solution which now hosts the couple's infamous parties.

Jayne, a nurse from Newton Abbot, Devon, said: "My husband Paul, an engineer, had always loved popping down to our local, and I could never seem to keep him at home.

"And so I got thinking - why not create my own pub, become my own landlady and then I can really tell people - my husband's in the doghouse!"

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: UK News, lidl, Alcohol, UK

Rebecca Shepherd
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