Hatchet Inn, Bristol

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Hatchet Inn
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The Hatchet Inn
Hatchet Inn, Bristol is located in Bristol
Hatchet Inn, Bristol
Location within Bristol
General information
Town or cityBristol
Coordinates51°27′16″N 2°36′02″W / 51.454314°N 2.600652°W / 51.454314; -2.600652Coordinates: 51°27′16″N 2°36′02″W / 51.454314°N 2.600652°W / 51.454314; -2.600652
Completed1606 (1606)

The Hatchet Inn is a historic public house situated on Frogmore Street in the English city of Bristol. It is a Grade II listed building.[1] The name is thought to originate from the axes/hatchets that the local woodsmen used in Clifton Woods.[2]

The building dates from 1606, but has undergone significant alteration since[3] and is a grade II listed building.[1] It is the oldest still operating public house in Bristol, though while it was still operating the Llandoger Trow was of a similar age.[4]

Since the 1980s the Hatchet has been known as one of Bristol's few alternative pubs hosting rock music upstairs.[5][2] The pub has a pool room located upstairs as well as a venue which is used for clubs and can be hired for private bookings. There is a beer garden located on the side of the property, facing the O2 Academy venue.[6]

Located behind the pub was the old Cannon Cinema, which closed down in 2000. The building is now an Academy Night Club/gig venue where many well known bands have played.[7]

In the 18th century there was a rat pit at the rear of the building.[8] In September 2006 the Hatchet celebrated its 400-year anniversary. The streets nearby were closed, staff and some regular customers dressed up in historic costumes.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1372291)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Pub of the week: The Hatchet Inn". Bristol Culture. Archived from the original on 20 December 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  3. ^ Burrough, THB (1970). Bristol. London: Studio Vista. ISBN 0-289-79804-3.
  4. ^ Murray, Robin (5 October 2019). "Bristol's oldest pub The Hatchet has gone vegan". Bristol Post. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  5. ^ "the hatchet inn in bristol". Skiddle. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Pub Profile: The Hatchet Inn". The Night Shift. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  7. ^ "The Hatchet Inn". Time Out. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Brigstowe, Bristol and beer" (PDF). CAMRA Bristol. Retrieved 18 August 2018.