Thank you for visiting our (very) new website!
If you're reading this, then it's a good chance you've heard about us,
the first independent micropub in Bristol — The Drapers Arms.
If not and you've just stumbled on this site by mistake whilst looking for fabrics, drapes, material advice or a draper or even arms of drapers, sorry — but stick with it and if you're ever in Bristol, then pop in.
What's going on?
We've opened a micropub in the former drapers shop at No: 447 on the Gloucester Road in Bristol. It's by the bus stop that's opposite Pitt Road. If you're not passing, take our word for it. We 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 'micropub'?
A micropub is not a micro brewery. There's no brewing of beer or filling bottles or barrels on the premises. It's a completely different offering compared to a standard pub. 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's this new micropub like?
The Drapers Arms is a completely independent alehouse, hoping to provide a relaxed and sociable atmosphere
with a capacity of about 40 customers. Now — we know this will disappoint some people — but we don't sell lager, Guinness®, 'keg' beers, fizzy ciders, hard spirits or things like Jager Bombs — and without amplified music, fruit machines, WiFi or television we hope it will feel like you are in an old fashioned, traditional pub.
We also sell a few regular bar snacks — but no hot food.
Someone said you've banned mobile phones?
Nonsense! How can you ban one of the greatest technological developments of the 20th Century? As they say "you can't un-ring the bell". However, what you can do, is put that ringtone on silent — or better still, turn it off. If you really want to tweet, twitter, be snap chattering or checking your "status" (am I still married?) we won't stop you — but if you start answering or making phone calls then expect to be making a contribution to a local charity, fairly sharpish. If you're sitting in The Drapers Arms wearing headphones we'll assume you're very lonely and a bit sad and we've done something wrong — and you really want someone to come over and talk to you about it. Be prepared.
What are the opening times?
Very simple - we're open between 5pm and 9.30pm every day. We're not a late house.
We're also open all day until 9:30pm on Saturdays .
Is the place 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 provide good beer, clean glasses and some tables and chairs — and that's about it. 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 it?
Vince Crocker and Garvan Hickey. Vince is a born and bred Bishopston local and is the owner, chief brewer and head bottle washer of Ashley Down Brewery and will he be supplying the significant proportion of the beer. 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.
What's the point of all this?
Yes, there's already loads of really good and interesting places to visit and socialise on the Gloucester Road — and all around Bristol. If you've got this far and don't like what you've read — that's really OK. This is not for everyone; but we wanted to open a place — near where we live — that we would both like to drink in, so we did.
We hope you like it too. Cheers!
Garvan & Vince
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