Drapers Arms voted best boozer in Bristol

May 30 2017

The Drapers Arms, Bristol’s first ‘back to basics’ micropub, is celebrating its award as the CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) Bristol and District Pub of the Year 2017.

The Drapers Arms, Bristol’s first ‘back to basics’ micropub, is celebrating its award as the CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) Bristol and District Pub of the Year 2017. 

The prestigious award is in recognition of how the micropub’s founders, Bishopston residents Garvan Hickey and Vince Crocker (the brewer behind Ashley Down Brewery), have successfully brought something new and different to the Bristol pub scene, and that has now been recognised by the judges from CAMRA. 

“Considering that the Drapers Arms is a micropub that only opened on the Gloucester Road in December  2015, winning branch Pub Of The Year is particularly impressive and congratulations are definitely in order,” said Richard Brooks, Chairman of the CAMRA Bristol & District Branch. 

“The Pub Of The Year competition, of course, considers beer quality; however it also includes other factors such as the appearance and cleanliness of the pub, the service, welcome and offering and the community focus and atmosphere. At the Drapers Arms, the ever changing beer range and focus on conversation (there is no music or TV) clearly proved very popular with the judges.”

Garvan Hickey, co-founder of the Drapers Arms, said: “All we wanted to do was to open the kind of place, on the Gloucester Road, we’d both like to drink beer in. We wanted somewhere that anyone could enjoy a very decent pint, on their own or with friends; where talking and socialising was the focus rather than TVs, jukeboxes or fruit machines.  We feel we’ve done that, we’re very pleased with the result – and it looks like a good few others are as well.” 

As a micropub, this one room ale-house, which doesn’t serve lager, fizzy cider or spirits, has received widespread support from the community, with many local residents enjoying the place, reflecting the values and independent atmosphere of businesses found on the Gloucester Road.  

As winner of the branch award, the Drapers Arms will go forward to the South West regional phase of the National CAMRA Pub Of The Year competition.