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Two historic Bristol pubs get new owners

By bristol247, Wednesday Jul 26, 2017

Two popular Bristol pubs both have new owners.

Butcombe Brewery owners The Liberation Group have purchased The Hatchet, one of the oldest pubs in the city.

The Grade II listed building was first licensed in 1606. Reputed to be haunted and having a door containing a layer of human skin, it is also known for once hosting cock-fighting and bare-knuckle boxing.

Pirates like Blackbeard would prop up the bar in times gone by, although today regulars are more likely to be rock and metal fans.

“This historic pub is a fantastic addition to our Butcombe portfolio,” said Mark Crowther, CEO of The Liberation Group.

“The heritage and charm the pub offers has allowed it to draw in thirsty drinkers for centuries. We are delighted to have such a beautiful pub in our estate.

“The Hatchet Inn is an iconic pub in Bristol with an incredible and unusual legacy. We look forward to taking the reins and building on its impressive reputation.”

Butcombe’s two other pubs are The Cottage on Spike Island and The Bell in Stokes Croft.

Inside the Hatchet – photo by Nicci Peet

Meanwhile, south London brewery Young’s has acquired the freehold of the Chequers Inn at Hanham Mills, following its recent acquisition of Riverstation on the Floating Harbour.

Overlooking the River Avon, The Chequers offers has 140 internal covers and almost as many covers outside in one of Bristol’s biggest beer gardens.

Brendan Brammer, acquisitions Manager at Young’s, said: “The Chequers is an exceptional waterside public house, which is an ideal addition to the Young’s estate, as we look to expand further in the region.”

Other Young’s pubs in the Bristol area include the Highbury Vaults on St Michael’s Hill and Horts on Broad Street in the Old City.


Read more: Pub of the Week: The Cottage Inn


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