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Pub Focus: The Hatchett Inn

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December 20, 2017

We had a good ol’ natter with Drew Short, manager at The Hatchett Inn Bristol before the busy Christmas period! This is what he had to say…

How long have you worked in the industry?

It’s coming up to 12 years now! I started as a part time glass collector and have been making my way up to management.

What do you love about the Hatchet?

The Hatchet has always been my favourite pub – my mum and her friends use to drink here back in the 80’s and 90’s and I’m sure along the way I may have come with them as a child. As I got older it’s where I had my first proper night out and from there on it’s always been part of my social heritage. I’ve seen it change over the years but it’s always had a great regular following and I hope it does for many years to come.

What do you love about the pub trade?

In my opinion it’s one of the greatest you can be in. Pubs have been around for so long – you can trace ale houses way back to the Anglo Saxon times and working somewhere like the Hatchet gives you a glimpse into history. If only the walls could talk!

Who makes you smile the most at the Hatchet?

To me both the staff and the regulars put a smile on my face. As long as they’re having a great time and enjoying everything the pub has to offer whilst working or otherwise, I couldn’t ask for much more.

What’s your favourite thing on the menu?

Has to be the Mac and Cheese! Especially the middle feast – chicken, cheese, macaroni and chilli… What more can I say!?

What does a good day look like to you?

The best days are when business is booming – whether it be one of our regular busy club nights in full swing, or a great show at the academy just across the road from us bringing all the happy customers in before and after. The Sunday’s leading into a Bank holiday Monday always have a great atmosphere too.

What do you do on your day off?

I like to spend as much time as I can with my wife and daughter, taking day trips etc, but I also enjoy socialising with friends too!

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

The surprise of the day ahead normally – but also my daughter at 5:30am!

What’s in the pipe line for the Hatchet?

We have lots of plans to get the pub back into being a regular music venue. We’re looking to put bands on at least 5 days a week to coincide with the already fantastic club nights we have every weekend.

Nestled in the heart of the city, The Hatchet Inn is Bristol’s oldest pub, with a varied and colourful history. Dating back to 1606, its name is inspired by the woodsmen of the nearby Clifton Wood. The pub has been home for all sorts throughout the centuries, from cock-fighting rings to bare-knuckle boxing, it’s also hosted famous regulars like the pirate Blackbeard! Now the Hatchett is a traditional British pub by day, which transforms into one of the best music venues in the city by night.

Swing by for a pint of Butcombe and a bowl of Bristol’s finest Mac n Cheese! All of their great food is served daily till 8pm on weekdays and they’re open till 2am every Friday and Saturday with a function room that caters for club nights and bands.

Drew looks forward to welcoming you!



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