There's now a pub powered by poo

If we can combine our environmental efforts with the chance to have a pint, we’re all for it.

Enter The Number Two Tavern, a new pub powered by an easily renewable resource… poo.

Created by Yorkshire Water, The Number Two Tavern is a pop-up pub in Leeds powered by electricity made from sewage – including human waste.

That doesn’t mean loading up a furnace with poo, to be clear.

Instead sewage sludge is taken to Knostrop Energy and Recycling Centre, where it’s treated and converted into fertiliser. This is then used to create a methane-rich biogas that’s turned into green electricity, which is then used to power the pub. It’s a process called anaerobic digestion.

That means that, unfortunately, you can’t take a trip to the loos and know exactly which lightbulb is being powered by your poop. The process of turning the sewage into fuel takes around two weeks.

But to celebrate this sustainable power source, there’s now a pub dedicated to the power of pooing.

The Number Two Tavern, open in The Light in Leeds, has a special throne for guests to sit atop (spoiler: it’s a prop toilet. Please don’t use it) and will be serving up water through a pump. So if you don’t fancy beer, you can treat yourself to a nice pint of water. Exciting times.

It’ll be open from today until 9 November for anyone who fancies posing on a toilet or celebrating, um, water, to enjoy a pint while marvelling at how everything in the pub is powered by poo.

Opening times on Thursday and Friday are between 4pm and 7pm (so it’s not the place for a late-night sesh), and on Saturday the pub will be open from 11am to 5pm.

Location-wise you’ll need to head to the courtyard of The Light in Leeds, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 8TL.

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