The New Forest's newest watering hole has opened with its own selection of beers

Lee Dack is general manager of new venue The Vibrant Tap in Lyndhurst <i>(Image: The Vibrant Tap)</i>
Lee Dack is general manager of new venue The Vibrant Tap in Lyndhurst (Image: The Vibrant Tap)

It's Hampshire's newest watering hole and it's set to bring joy - and its own brand new specially brewed real ale - to New Forest beer lovers.

It's opening weekend for The Vibrant Tap in Lyndhurst, a new venue from the team behind Vibrant Forest Brewery in Hardley, which has its own hugely successful two-storey brewery taproom on site.

The new taproom and bottle shop on the High Street will be the perfect sibling for the brewery taproom, says general manager Lee Dack whose brother Ryan runs the Hythe site.

Daily Echo: Lee Dack is general manager of new venue The Vibrant Tap in Lyndhurst
Daily Echo: Lee Dack is general manager of new venue The Vibrant Tap in Lyndhurst

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Lee, who has often been involved in special events in and around the brewery, said: "We wanted something completely different for our first move away from the brewery itself and this is much less industrial and more High Street.

"It's a great size with little cubby holes everywhere, beers brewed in our own brewery and tables handmade from logs, giving it a real Forest feel."

The Vibrant Tap, in the premises formerly occupied by Surfing Moo Moos, just a few doors up from the Prezzo location being transformed into a Mettricks site, hosted a soft launch for local business owners on Thursday, followed by a grand opening and ribbon cutting yesterday.

The venue, which can comfortably seat 70 to 80 with plenty more standing room, has 16 lines in total and will feature  permanent favourites, including Bitter Bench, brewed specifically for this venue to honour Bolton's Bench, flagship juicy pale ale Pupa, Summer Lands, and rotating beers from the brewery alongside two ciders.

Daily Echo: The Vibrant Tap has opened in Lyndhurst
Daily Echo: The Vibrant Tap has opened in Lyndhurst

A triple fridge is full to the brim of Vibrant Forest bottles and cans, beers from around the world and more which customers can drink in or take away.

Local produce, including Hampshire wines and spirits and Beaulieu chocolates, are also on sale.

Tatchbury Farm Shop and Beaky Blinders are providing a range of pastries and bakes and fresh pizzas will soon be cooked on site.

Cheese and beer evenings, acoustic music and quiz nights are planned, as well as the addition of a small outside space coming soon.

The Vibrant Tap is open seven days a week from midday to 10pm.

Vibrant Forest Brewery was started in 2011 by Kevin Robinson in his garage. It moved from premises in Lymington to its current site in 2019.