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If you're reading this, then it's a good chance you've heard about our plans to open the first independent micro-pub in Bristol — to be called The Drapers Arms.

If not and you've just stumbled on this site by mistake whilst looking for fabrics, drapes, material advice, a draper or even arms of drapers, sorry — but stick with it and if you're ever in the West Country of England in a couple of months time, then pop in!

What's going on?

We're planning to open a micro-pub in the former drapers shop at No: 447 on the Gloucester Road in Bristol (if you're passing, the current shop sign says "Budget Print" ) which is by the bus stop opposite Pitt Road. If you're not passing, take our word for it. We intend to sell real ale and farmhouse cider, straight from the cask, sourced from small independent producers, throughout Bristol and the surrounding area.

So what is a micro-pub?

A micro pub is not a micro brewery. There will be no brewing of beer or filling bottles or barrels on the premises. It is a completely different offering compared to a standard public house. The Micropub Association describes this type of outlet as "a small free—house which listens to its customers, mainly serves cask ales, promotes conversation, shuns all forms of electronic entertainment and dabbles in traditional pub snacks". That's what we're after.

Well, what will this new pub be like?

The Drapers Arms will be a completely independent alehouse, providing a relaxed and sociable atmosphere with a capacity of about 40 customers. Now, we know this will disappoint some people but we will not be selling products such as draft lager, Guinness® or any 'keg' beers or ciders — and without amplified music, fruit machines, WiFi or television we hope it will feel like you are in an old fashioned traditional pub. We will also sell conventional bar snacks — but no hot food.

When is it going to open, then?

We put the planning application in at the end of August and there's a few logistical hoops to jump through; we're nearly finished - and we now hope to open The Drapers Arms at the beginning of December. We'll put an update on this website - and our page - as soon as we able to confirm the date.

What are the opening times?

We are planning to open between 4:30pm and 9:30pm from Monday to Friday and from midday until 9:30pm on Saturday. To begin with, on Sundays, we'll open lunchtimes and evenings — if it proves popular, we'll open all day.

Will it be any good?

Well, that's not up to us — that's up to you! We think a pub is only as good as the atmosphere created by its customers — we'll do what we can to provide the background — but we're relying on the good punters of Bishopston and Horfield — who'd enjoy a quiet pint and lively conversation — to make The Drapers Arms a place that other people will want to go to. If a winning pub formula is something that could be created immediately then, rest assured, the big pub companies would have patented it, packaged up and dropped it in anywhere and everywhere — and believe us, they're trying!

Who is behind this proposal?

Vince Crocker and Garvan Hickey. Vince is a born and bred Bishopston local and is the owner and brewer of Ashley Down Brewery — and will be supplying the significant proportion of the beer. He has run several very successful local temporary events of behalf of the brewery throughout the locality. Garvan's background is in sales and marketing, predominately in the Hospitality and Catering supply sector and he has lived and worked around the country, although he first moved to Bristol 25 years ago. Both live locally in St Andrews and Ashley Down — less than a mile away from the premises.

 Garvan & Vince

In the news...

Here's a nice story from the Bristol Post about the Drapers Arms, and a more recent article from Bishopston Voice.

Where can I find out more?

If you would like any more information, then please email with any questions — or specific local beer and snack recommendations! We'd love to hear from you. As well as this website we also have a page up and running very soon - so you can keep up to date with all our progress and plans, the opening date, etc.

Well, guys & gals, for those who were asking, the Planning Application for The Drapers Arms is now on the Bristol City Council 'Portal' — and just waiting for some comments! We would appreciate it — if you've the time and it would be really helpful — if you could put a few positive words about this application — plus anyone else you know with a Bristol address. If you're very interested in the detail you can read the Design & Access Statement document, which explains what it's all about. Any problems or questions, please let me know.

We're really excited about this — and are looking forward to welcoming you all to The Drapers Arms for a pint and a chat - sometime very soon!

Garvan & Vince

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