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.
There is a large chalkboard on the wall with all the beery options available.
Sometimes though such choice can be hard work even for experienced hipsters and beermen.
I had no such deliberations and was straight into a Vibrant Forest Chinook.
Followed by aptly named , Unity- This Must Be The Place, which was actually the best beer of the day.
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.
Once sorted it was back out in the rain at the bus stop , watching the cars speeding by over the river bridge .
I was quite happy with my latest scalp.