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Starter for 10: Garvan Hickey

By bristol247, Monday Jul 31, 2017

Garvan is the co-owner of the Draper’s Arms, a micropub in Bishopston. It was recently voted CAMRA Bristol and District Branch’s Pub of the Year, an accolade that Garvan and partner-in-crime Vince are chuffed about.

“It’s recognition that the 3000 members of CAMRA in the area think that we’re the very best,” Garvan says, standing in the tiny, single-roomed pub that shuns all electronics – even amplified music.

“We’re committed 100% to the quality and range of our cask ale, which we serve on stillage. We wanted to open a place that we’d like to drink in, and it’s been going very well so far. We say we’re either brilliant businessmen, dead lucky or terrible at planning.”

Garvan is this month’s Starter for 10:

North or South?


Whiteladies Road or Gloucester Road?

Gloucester Road

Evening in or night out?

Night out

Real ale or craft beer?

Real ale

“Did you even need to ask that? You do know what we serve here, right?

Coffee or tea?


Pickled eggs or pork scratchings?

Pork scratchings

“We sell them here at the Draper’s Arms, and they’re very nice.”

Art gallery or street art?

Street art

Magazine or iPhone?


Early morning or late night?

Late night

Summer or winter?



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