For a small pub that discourages phone use, has no WiFi, TV or music and refuse to serve fizzy lager, The Drapers has made a name for itself. 

Gracing the top end of Gloucester Road, Garvan and Vince, of Ashley Down Brewery Fame have succeeded in creating a pub that eschews the modern and encourages the art of conversation. 

There have been many evenings in this pub I've squeezed in on the end of someone else's table and made the best friends in the world for the night. 

It is then understandable that The Drapers Arms has beaten 700 other pubs in Bristol to win the coveted "Bristol District Best Pub of the Year 2017", not bad for a pub that has only been open since December 2015! This win means they move on to the South West regional phase for the National CAMRA Pub of the Year. 

As Bristol's first micropub (the second and only other being Chums on Chandos Road) this is a great achievement, with CAMRA citing The Drapers community spirit, appearance and, of course, what's being served as the winning elements. 

The "ceremony" on Tuesday 2nd May will be a small affair, in their words "A small number of men and women from CAMRA, some with beards, some without, will visit the Drapers Arms and one of them will hand over a piece of paper to Vince and I, confirming that we are indeed their Bristol & District Branch Pub of the Year for 2017"

If you can't make it on Tuesday, the pub opens between 5pm and 9:30pm from Sunday to Friday and from 12pm to 9:30pm on Saturdays. 

To find out more, head to their website

Published -26th April 2017