The Liberation Group buys historic Bristol pub

26 July 2017

Owner of Butcombe Brewery, The Liberation Group has got its mitts on a historic Bristolian pub.

The latest purchase, The Hatchet Inn, lies bang in the city centre and will join the company's now 27-strong estate in the region.

The Hatchet Inn is The Liberation Group’s sixth pub acquisition in the South West in 2017, working towards The Liberation Group’s long-term target of doubling the size of its whole portfolio to 200 pubs across the Channel Islands and Southern England.

The pub has been purchased in an off-market transaction for an undisclosed sum. The Liberation Group said it continues to seek to acquire 'good quality' pubs in the South West.

The Hatchet Inn is a Grade II listed building that has been serving pints since before the English Civil War. First licensed in 1606, it is famous for being Bristol's oldest pub, with its name inspired by the woodsmen of the nearby Clifton Wood.

Fast forward through the years and the 'haunted' pub was known for its cock-fighting ring, bare-knuckle boxing venue and for hosting pirates, including Blackbeard.

Now The Hatchet is one of Bristol's leading rock and alternative venues, with regular club nights.

'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.'

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