Butcher's Hook micropub in Bitterne Park in Southampton is county's first

City's first micropub opens its doors

Anthony Nicholls in the Butcher's Hook in Bitterne Park Triangle

Anthony Nicholls in the Butcher's Hook in Bitterne Park Triangle

Anthony Nicholls in the Butcher's Hook in Bitterne Park Triangle

Anthony Nicholls in the Butcher's Hook in Bitterne Park Triangle

First published in Hampshire Business
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Andover Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

AT the size of the average living room – this must be Hampshire’s smallest pub.

Measuring just 12 feet by 27 feet the Butcher’s Hook is the only micropub in the county.

It is opening in the heart of Bitterne Park Triangle in Southampton and its owners believe the tiny watering hole will breathe new life into the area.

The opening comes after a string of pubs across the city have closed down.

Running the watering hole are Anthony Nicholls, 31, and Daniel Richardson, 28, who both live near Bitterne Park.

Anthony said: “As a group of friends we spoke about it two to three years ago and a year ago I went down to Kent and went into a micropub. It had a really nice, friendly atmosphere.

“Later we saw this property come up in the Triangle – and as we are both positive about beer we thought it was ideal.”

The pub is a big investment for them and cost them £8,000 to bring up to scratch, but they are confident that it will be a success.

Andover Advertiser: Anthony Nicholls in the Butcher's Hook in Bitterne Park Triangle

Anthony added: “The Triangle is a really nice place.

“We did some research to see if people would want a micropub in the Triangle and we found out that a lot of people were very enthusiastic.

We got lots of positive feedback and Bitterne Park does need somewhere for people that like their ales.”

They want the Butcher’s Hook to focus on selling real ales and craft beer that is brewed in Hampshire.

Previously the premises was a butcher’s, a florist and a picture framer’s. Anthony and Daniel are trying to retain some of that history with their choice of name.

Anthony added: “Micropubs have a tradition to make a nod to what the pub originally was and we are keeping a lot of the tilework and keeping a sort of butcher’s theme.”

Both Anthony and Daniel work full-time during the day and will run the pub from 6pm to 11pm, Wednesdays to Sundays.

  • Additional reporting by Chris Fay

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10:45am Fri 28 Feb 14

AngryAleMan says...

This is most excellent!!


Well done guys!
This is most excellent!! Well done guys! AngryAleMan
  • Score: 48

10:47am Fri 28 Feb 14

garethsmith72 says...

Good luck boys will be popping in to try a pint or two
Good luck boys will be popping in to try a pint or two garethsmith72
  • Score: 43

10:49am Fri 28 Feb 14

jazzy54zz says...

Excellent, really hope it's a success, i'll certainly be going.
Excellent, really hope it's a success, i'll certainly be going. jazzy54zz
  • Score: 32

11:18am Fri 28 Feb 14

Mickey G says...

What a great idea, will be popping in to try a few traditionally brewed local Ales.

Good Luck
What a great idea, will be popping in to try a few traditionally brewed local Ales. Good Luck Mickey G
  • Score: 22

11:19am Fri 28 Feb 14

Urbane Forager says...

Excellent news indeed!
I popped in for a "butchers" last night.
The place has a lovely atmosphere; just perfect for the BP Triangle. I think it could become a proper speakeasy.
Best of luck to Anthony and Dan with this exciting venture.
Excellent news indeed! I popped in for a "butchers" last night. The place has a lovely atmosphere; just perfect for the BP Triangle. I think it could become a proper speakeasy. Best of luck to Anthony and Dan with this exciting venture. Urbane Forager
  • Score: 24

11:25am Fri 28 Feb 14

PrinceMawwaw says...

Excellent. Be interesting to get a rough idea of their business plan. 8k sounds like a modest amount. It would be great if others were able to replicate the idea elsewhere in the city.
Excellent. Be interesting to get a rough idea of their business plan. 8k sounds like a modest amount. It would be great if others were able to replicate the idea elsewhere in the city. PrinceMawwaw
  • Score: 19

11:36am Fri 28 Feb 14

From the sidelines says...

Brilliant.

I feel a bike-ride coming on...
Brilliant. I feel a bike-ride coming on... From the sidelines
  • Score: 15

11:41am Fri 28 Feb 14

Dasal says...

From the sidelines wrote:
Brilliant.

I feel a bike-ride coming on...
better order a taxi home................
......
[quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: Brilliant. I feel a bike-ride coming on...[/p][/quote]better order a taxi home................ ...... Dasal
  • Score: 13

11:41am Fri 28 Feb 14

spotburst says...

Great to see a pub actually opening rather than closing it's doors!
Great to see a pub actually opening rather than closing it's doors! spotburst
  • Score: 14

11:55am Fri 28 Feb 14

bigfella777 says...

I can't stand hipsters, or beer.
I can't stand hipsters, or beer. bigfella777
  • Score: -87

11:57am Fri 28 Feb 14

Outside of the Box says...

Brilliant idea, hope it works out for the lads, I will be popping in for a pint or two in the near future.
Brilliant idea, hope it works out for the lads, I will be popping in for a pint or two in the near future. Outside of the Box
  • Score: 12

12:10pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Totton Ric says...

Reminds me of the Cuckoo in Hamptworth, small & cosy, will defiantly be going there :)
Reminds me of the Cuckoo in Hamptworth, small & cosy, will defiantly be going there :) Totton Ric
  • Score: 8

12:42pm Fri 28 Feb 14

03alpe01 says...

Hooray! Finally! A pub opening rather than closing! Best of luck mate!
Hooray! Finally! A pub opening rather than closing! Best of luck mate! 03alpe01
  • Score: 12

12:54pm Fri 28 Feb 14

SouthernRover80 says...

I don't live particularly near there, but I will venture out of my way for this. Well done guys.
I don't live particularly near there, but I will venture out of my way for this. Well done guys. SouthernRover80
  • Score: 12

1:11pm Fri 28 Feb 14

SOULJACKER says...

Hang on one darn minute, where are all the moaners?
Surely it is usual practice to say about how awful it is that they are encouraging drinking etc.... young upstarts they should be ashamed of themselves doing positive stuff in the community etc....

It's a disgrace but well done they need something around there ;)
Hang on one darn minute, where are all the moaners? Surely it is usual practice to say about how awful it is that they are encouraging drinking etc.... young upstarts they should be ashamed of themselves doing positive stuff in the community etc.... It's a disgrace but well done they need something around there ;) SOULJACKER
  • Score: 15

1:35pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Chef66 says...

I will be popping in this weekend to sample a few too .
I will be popping in this weekend to sample a few too . Chef66
  • Score: 7

1:57pm Fri 28 Feb 14

mickey01 says...

looks a great place to get away from it all and i hope theres no wi fi either i may be in soon to try it out 8'000 sounds a snip if it takes off good luck
looks a great place to get away from it all and i hope theres no wi fi either i may be in soon to try it out 8'000 sounds a snip if it takes off good luck mickey01
  • Score: 7

2:02pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Stan1st says...

Best of luck, So refreshing to see a PUB opening in Southampton. Wish you all the very best in your venture
Best of luck, So refreshing to see a PUB opening in Southampton. Wish you all the very best in your venture Stan1st
  • Score: 8

2:43pm Fri 28 Feb 14

bullarboy says...

I hate being negative and really hope I am wrong as it looks as if these two guys are very passionate about beer - However I just can't see how it will make a profit being as small as it is with limited opening hours - Just to pay the rent, heating, lighting, water etc. they would probably have to sell a minimum of 250/300 pints a week before any kind of wage for themselves??
I hate being negative and really hope I am wrong as it looks as if these two guys are very passionate about beer - However I just can't see how it will make a profit being as small as it is with limited opening hours - Just to pay the rent, heating, lighting, water etc. they would probably have to sell a minimum of 250/300 pints a week before any kind of wage for themselves?? bullarboy
  • Score: -8

3:06pm Fri 28 Feb 14

danrichardson says...

bullarboy wrote:
I hate being negative and really hope I am wrong as it looks as if these two guys are very passionate about beer - However I just can't see how it will make a profit being as small as it is with limited opening hours - Just to pay the rent, heating, lighting, water etc. they would probably have to sell a minimum of 250/300 pints a week before any kind of wage for themselves??
Hi Bullarboy, we have very very low overheads compared to larger pub, and this isn't our main source of income.
[quote][p][bold]bullarboy[/bold] wrote: I hate being negative and really hope I am wrong as it looks as if these two guys are very passionate about beer - However I just can't see how it will make a profit being as small as it is with limited opening hours - Just to pay the rent, heating, lighting, water etc. they would probably have to sell a minimum of 250/300 pints a week before any kind of wage for themselves??[/p][/quote]Hi Bullarboy, we have very very low overheads compared to larger pub, and this isn't our main source of income. danrichardson
  • Score: 40

3:49pm Fri 28 Feb 14

ToastyTea says...

Amazing this is the first Micropub in the county, these establishments are very popular and common in most parts of Europe, good to see one in Southampton, good luck to them.
Amazing this is the first Micropub in the county, these establishments are very popular and common in most parts of Europe, good to see one in Southampton, good luck to them. ToastyTea
  • Score: 6

3:50pm Fri 28 Feb 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

bigfella777 wrote:
I can't stand hipsters, or beer.
And this affects the rest of us how?
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: I can't stand hipsters, or beer.[/p][/quote]And this affects the rest of us how? WalkingOnAWire
  • Score: 11

3:51pm Fri 28 Feb 14

wwozzer says...

In a world of corporate chains it's great to see stuff like this, they sound like they've done thier homework and haven't mortgaged themselves up to the hilt either. Wishing you every success.
In a world of corporate chains it's great to see stuff like this, they sound like they've done thier homework and haven't mortgaged themselves up to the hilt either. Wishing you every success. wwozzer
  • Score: 8

4:01pm Fri 28 Feb 14

loosehead says...

smallest pub? what about the Shirley Park Hotel?
smallest pub? what about the Shirley Park Hotel? loosehead
  • Score: -11

4:04pm Fri 28 Feb 14

10 Minute Man says...

What time do you open for breakfast ?
What time do you open for breakfast ? 10 Minute Man
  • Score: 3

4:19pm Fri 28 Feb 14

durkiboy says...

@danrichardson - am looking forward to popping in for a beer tonight!!!!
@danrichardson - am looking forward to popping in for a beer tonight!!!! durkiboy
  • Score: 5

4:35pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Jesus_02 says...

bigfella777 wrote:
I can't stand hipsters, or beer.
Or Fun !
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: I can't stand hipsters, or beer.[/p][/quote]Or Fun ! Jesus_02
  • Score: 12

4:57pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Harrysdog says...

What ales do you sell? Please say "Tribute" is flowing from the taps !!!
What ales do you sell? Please say "Tribute" is flowing from the taps !!! Harrysdog
  • Score: 1

5:40pm Fri 28 Feb 14

wilson castaway says...

best of luck..must visit..
best of luck..must visit.. wilson castaway
  • Score: 5

6:18pm Fri 28 Feb 14

HillsidePaul says...

This is great news for Bitterne Park Triangle. Not enough good places to drink this side of the river.
This is great news for Bitterne Park Triangle. Not enough good places to drink this side of the river. HillsidePaul
  • Score: 6

6:41pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Saint fans says...

First micro pub in Hampshire supporting local breweries and on our doorstep Will pop in soon. Good luck.
First micro pub in Hampshire supporting local breweries and on our doorstep Will pop in soon. Good luck. Saint fans
  • Score: 7

9:10pm Fri 28 Feb 14

forest hump says...

bullarboy wrote:
I hate being negative and really hope I am wrong as it looks as if these two guys are very passionate about beer - However I just can't see how it will make a profit being as small as it is with limited opening hours - Just to pay the rent, heating, lighting, water etc. they would probably have to sell a minimum of 250/300 pints a week before any kind of wage for themselves??
At least you feel guilty! A property of this size would not require huge overheads and with an 8K initial investment! Best wishes to the guys and hope you prosper. If I imbibed myself, I would certainly give it a go. In fact, I'll give it a shot and have a locally produced mineral water.
[quote][p][bold]bullarboy[/bold] wrote: I hate being negative and really hope I am wrong as it looks as if these two guys are very passionate about beer - However I just can't see how it will make a profit being as small as it is with limited opening hours - Just to pay the rent, heating, lighting, water etc. they would probably have to sell a minimum of 250/300 pints a week before any kind of wage for themselves??[/p][/quote]At least you feel guilty! A property of this size would not require huge overheads and with an 8K initial investment! Best wishes to the guys and hope you prosper. If I imbibed myself, I would certainly give it a go. In fact, I'll give it a shot and have a locally produced mineral water. forest hump
  • Score: 0

10:39pm Fri 28 Feb 14

arthur boutfaith says...

Good luck lads !
Cheers !!
Good luck lads ! Cheers !! arthur boutfaith
  • Score: 1

11:44pm Fri 28 Feb 14

dolomiteman says...

WalkingOnAWire wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
I can't stand hipsters, or beer.
And this affects the rest of us how?
I think he is trying to make a point along similar lines of we don't like trolls on the DE forum but tolerate them.

I wish them both the best of luck with the venture and I will make an effort to pop in one evening as I do like a beer and I will keep an open mind about the hipsters until I have tried a brew or 10.
[quote][p][bold]WalkingOnAWire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: I can't stand hipsters, or beer.[/p][/quote]And this affects the rest of us how?[/p][/quote]I think he is trying to make a point along similar lines of we don't like trolls on the DE forum but tolerate them. I wish them both the best of luck with the venture and I will make an effort to pop in one evening as I do like a beer and I will keep an open mind about the hipsters until I have tried a brew or 10. dolomiteman
  • Score: 0

7:39am Sat 1 Mar 14

eastsidemush says...

WalkingOnAWire wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
I can't stand hipsters, or beer.
And this affects the rest of us how?
Don't bother even commenting on bigfella's opinions. He's well known on this site for being a total w@nker. Just ignore him.
[quote][p][bold]WalkingOnAWire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: I can't stand hipsters, or beer.[/p][/quote]And this affects the rest of us how?[/p][/quote]Don't bother even commenting on bigfella's opinions. He's well known on this site for being a total w@nker. Just ignore him. eastsidemush
  • Score: 4

8:00am Sat 1 Mar 14

mickey01 says...

its nice to hear of a pub replacing a shop rather than the other way round
its nice to hear of a pub replacing a shop rather than the other way round mickey01
  • Score: 2

8:44am Sat 1 Mar 14

Wackywoo says...

Is there much in the way of parking around? If you don't live local & just want to pop in for a quick half? :)
Is there much in the way of parking around? If you don't live local & just want to pop in for a quick half? :) Wackywoo
  • Score: 0

11:21pm Sat 1 Mar 14

kaido says...

Like a great concept, just need to serve more legal highs on tap and at a lower price point if possible.
Like a great concept, just need to serve more legal highs on tap and at a lower price point if possible. kaido
  • Score: 0

10:14am Sun 2 Mar 14

BorislawGeorgiew says...

Fill with mingled cream and amber

I will drain that glass again.

Such hilarious visions clamber

Through the chamber of my brain —

Quaintest thoughts — queerest fancies

Come to life and fade away;

What care I how time advances?

I am drinking ale today


By Edgar Allan Poe
Fill with mingled cream and amber I will drain that glass again. Such hilarious visions clamber Through the chamber of my brain — Quaintest thoughts — queerest fancies Come to life and fade away; What care I how time advances? I am drinking ale today By Edgar Allan Poe BorislawGeorgiew
  • Score: 3

3:51pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Charlie Bucket says...

bigfella777 wrote:
I can't stand hipsters, or beer.
Nobody's asking you to.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: I can't stand hipsters, or beer.[/p][/quote]Nobody's asking you to. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 1

5:21pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Totton Ric wrote:
Reminds me of the Cuckoo in Hamptworth, small & cosy, will defiantly be going there :)
No need to be defiant Ric,they look very friendly, I'm sure they'll let you in ;0)
[quote][p][bold]Totton Ric[/bold] wrote: Reminds me of the Cuckoo in Hamptworth, small & cosy, will defiantly be going there :)[/p][/quote]No need to be defiant Ric,they look very friendly, I'm sure they'll let you in ;0) Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 2

2:46pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Taskforce 141 says...

bigfella777 wrote:
I can't stand hipsters, or beer.
#T.I.T!
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: I can't stand hipsters, or beer.[/p][/quote]#T.I.T! Taskforce 141
  • Score: 0

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