Take A Butchers

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A trip to Southampton last Saturday saw me leave The Bookshop Alehouse  on a number 7 bus crossing the River Itchen into Bitterne in search of a new scalp, The Butchers Hook. I would have happily walked the mile or so but the weather was being less than cooperative, it was two quid well spent. Well spent apart from the fact I overshot the stop I should have got off at and had to walk back five minutes in the hissing rain. The next problem was trying to find the bloody place, Its set in a small triangle of some twenty or  so shops and food outlets, a couple of circuits later, becoming  increasingly damper I nailed it down, there is no exterior signage apart from on the glass window in the front door, but for future reference not only do I know which bus stop to get off at , the pub is located between The Bitterne Balti and the Tattoo Parlour.

The Butchers Hook is of course a Micropub, the first apparently, of now quite a few in Southampton.

Inside there is plenty of practical if not particularly comfortable seating.

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Steamy windows

There is a large chalkboard on the wall with all the beery options available.

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Beery choices

Sometimes though such choice can be hard work even for experienced hipsters and beermen.

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What to go for?
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I just don’t know

I had no such deliberations and was straight into a Vibrant Forest Chinook.

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Cask Vibrant Forest in a Siren glass

Followed by aptly named  , Unity- This Must Be The Place, which was actually the best beer of the day.

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Keg Unity

Micropubs aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, I really liked it here,It got busy without being uncomfortably so, good beer with plenty to choose from , a nice atmosphere in general.

It was time to make a move but a pit stop was required first and I discovered the toilets were also as hard to find as the pub itself was.

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Toilets this way

Once sorted it was back out in the rain at the bus stop , watching the cars speeding by over the river bridge .

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I was quite happy with my latest scalp.


9 thoughts on “Take A Butchers

  1. That’s spot on – lots of seating but a bit tight. Met BRAPA here a couple of years ago, thought it was above average, more craft bar than micro, excellent beer. Lovely hipster pics !


  2. Indeed I have; Witches Brew, Bar Marina, Brewhouse & Kitchen and Caskaway. Four new GBG pubs in one city (plus the usual three newbies over in Pompey) makes for a nice overnighter. If you’re free for a pint down there let me know via Beer & Pubs messaging and I’ll plan my trip accordingly !


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