A NEW micropub could be just weeks away from serving its first pints in Westbourne.

All Hail Ale will specialise in real ales and craft beers, offering customers a number of speciality tipples.

Owner and proprietor Peter Hector said: "Hopefully we'll be up and running in a matter of weeks.

"If you keep an eye on our Facebook page, that's where we'll announce the opening.

Peter, who told the Daily Echo how All Hail Ail would be primarily a real ale and craft beer bar, explained: "We will be trying to bring to Bournemouth some craft beers that are not that easy for people to find, beers you can normally only buy online."

He added: "We are not only opening a bar, we will also be opening a bottle shop downstairs as well.

"We're looking to start up with five real ales on hand pumps with another ten keg pumps available as well."

The micropub is situated in Queens Road at the site of the former Himalayan restaurant The Mountain, which closed down in 2014.

There was controversy over its opening, with ward councillor and council leader John Beesley saying residents in the nearby retirement flats Wellington Court felt "fear and concern" about late night noise and disturbance.

The town's licensing board dismissed the objections as "not compelling" and said the scheme would "bring an empty premises back to life".

All Hail Ale represents another real ale and craft beer outlet within a relatively small area of Bournemouth, an area in and around Poole Hill which is enjoying a growing reputation among craft beer and real ale lovers.

About a quarter of a mile away, on Poole Hill, the new Southbourne Ales brewery remains under construction.

Just a few doors down is the Brewhouse and Kitchen, and around the corner the Goat & Tricycle in Westhill Road and the Four Horsemen in Commercial Road.