Back-to-basics pub opens in Glos Road

December 23 2015

BRISTOL’S first micropub has officially opened its doors – and it is right here in Gloucester Road.

BRISTOL’S first micropub has officially opened its doors – and it is right here in Gloucester Road.

‘The Drapers Arms’ is the brainchild of local residents Garvan Hickey and Vince Crocker, and is free from televisions, live music, WiFi – and even a till.

Real ales and ciders, conventional pub snacks and lively conversation are the only things on the menu at this small, independent free-house, located in a former drapers’ shop at the top end of Gloucester Road.

Beers from Ashley Down Brewery, which is owned by co-founder Vince, are also on tap.

The pair says that the new micropub, which has a capacity for around 40 people, is very much focused on the local community, and promotes a relaxed, intimate and sociable atmosphere.

Since opening on December 7, it has received widespread support, with many residents welcoming the new venture.

Garvan, who has had many years working in the hospitality industry, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming people who enjoy a good old fashioned, traditional ale house, a quality pint and hopefully some good company, without the distractions of modern life intruding.”

Pete Bridle on behalf of the Bristol Pubs Group and CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) said: “It’s great to see a place like this opening up on the Gloucester Road.

“There have been many micropubs opening around the UK so it is good to see Bristol get one at last.
“It’s going to bring a unique experience and something different, which I know that many local people – especially CAMRA members – will appreciate and embrace.”

The Drapers Arms is one of over 100 alehouses across the country, registered with the Micropub Association.

Vince and Garvan say that introducing a micropub to the city compliments the rise in popularity of cask beers and independent local microbreweries – a well-established trend in and around Bristol.

The Drapers Arms will be open between 5-9.30pm from Monday to Friday, and from midday until 9.30pm on Saturdays. Sundays, it will open lunchtimes and evenings, and if it proves popular, it will open all day.

Garvan and Vince, Drapers Arms