Lidl is opening its first in-store pub - here's what to expect

Ever fancied combining your weekly shop with a trip to the pub? Well, now you can. German supermarket chain, Lidl, has revealed plans to open its first pub in Northern Ireland.

The discount supermarket confirmed that it wants to run the pub beside the Dundonald store, near Belfast, but it will have a separate entrance and its own shop front.

The planning application, submitted to to Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, features seating, a bar area and separate toilets as well as an off-licence area for customers to buy alcohol to take home.

There are no details on what types of drinks the pub will sell, nor any indication on pricing.

New concept store to cost £7 million

The new concept store will cost £7 million to build but, as it is in the early stages, Lidl hasn't revealed when it is expected to be completed.

A spokesperson for the company 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.

“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.”