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The Drapers Arms: Branch Pub Of The Year 2017

Congratulations go to Vince Crocker and Garvan Hickey as the Drapers Arms has won our highest accolade of being named as Bristol & District CAMRA branch Pub Of The Year. 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. Considering that the Drapers Arms is a micropub that only opened in November 2015, now winning branch Pub Of The Year is particularly impressive and shows how much has been achieved in a comparatively short space of time. As part of its ever changing beer range (served by gravity) the Drapers Arms sells beer brewed by Vince at Ashley Down Brewery and has a focus on conversation - there is no music or TV. This all clearly proved to be the right formula to win over the judges. As the 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.

Garvan Hickey said Were obviously both delighted and honoured to be chosen as the CAMRA Bristol & District Pub of the Year particularly as the judging is done by people who really love and appreciate beer something Vince and I are very keen on. All we wanted to do was to open the kind of place, on the Gloucester Road, wed both like to drink beer in. We wanted some place where anyone could enjoy a very decent pint, on their own or with friends, where talking and socialising was the focus rather than TVs, juke boxes and fruit machines.  Were feel weve done it and were very pleased with the result it looks like a good few others think the same.

The branch dropped by the Drapers Arms on Tuesday 2nd May to present the official version of their certificate (pictured). We then proceeded to the Lime Kiln to present Paul Wratten with his well deserved certificate as Pub Of The Year runner-up. The current incarnation of the pub as run by Paul (it was formerly the Horse & Groom) is also fairly new and it goes to show how vibrant the pub scene is in Bristol that such recent additions to the pub scene can be rated so highly.


 Click HERE to read about the branch POTY selection process.