Frequently Asked Questions

When hiring a venue there are many questions you may want to ask – here are a few of the answers to popular questions;

  • Can I bring my own food?
    Yes, however this will incur a £100 tray charge. Please take a look at our menus and if you can’t find what you want speak to us about a bespoke menu to suit your and your guests requirements.
  • What is a private venue hire?
    Private venue hire means hiring out a venue exclusively to be used only by you and your guests.
  • Do you have wheelchair access and toilet access?
    The Hatter has wheelchair access to the venue aided by a specially built ramp and double doors that can be both opened if required. Unfortunately The Hatter only has one unisex toilet and is not accessible by wheelchair.
  • Is there a minimum spend?
  • Are children allowed in the venue?
    Yes, children are permitted to be in the venue accompanied by a responsible adult till 22:00.
  • Can I bring my own DJ or band?
    Yes, we have no problem with you bringing a band or dj to the venue – we are also happy for them to have use of our in house PA system which includes a speaker, mixing desk, mic and mic stand. All other equipment will have to be supplied by musicians or DJ. Please take a look at our wide range of DJ and bands that we can book for your event.
  • What is your smoking policy?
    Under our standard license smoking is permitted outside the premises till 23.00 after which we have a no entry or re-entry policy meaning that once you leave you will not be permitted to re-enter. With a license extension this extends to 1.30 – with a smoking area being fashioned outside for exclusive use for guests after 23.00.
  • Public Transport & Tax
    The Hatter is situated in the city centre therefore extremely well connected with all buses that pass through the city centre. Additionally there is a taxi rank situated 1 minute away or alternatively just ask us to call you a taxi.
  • What is parking like in the area?
    The Hatter has public parking approximately 20 meters away from the venue costing £2 per hour before 6pm and £2.50 from 6pm till Midnight. Alternatively there is an NCP car park just off Baldwin Street 5 minutes away.
  • What is a TEN?
    At the Hater our opening times permit us to serve alcohol between the hours of 11:30am – 23:30pm. Should you wish us to extend these hours our our experienced DPS can apply for extended opening hours (2am) subject to consents. Please let us know if you are considering this so we can discuss it with you further.
  • How many does the venue seat for a dining?
    We can accomodate 40 seated inside and another 30 seated outside (weather permitting) however we speicalize in providing buffet categring up to 100 people.
  • I want to put on an event?
    The Hatter welcomes people wishing to put on an event – what ever your event is please get in touch with details in order for us to discuss it further. Please take a look at our Promoters, Pop up and band section for further information and use the contact form at the bottom of the page to get in touch.
  • How much is the deposit?
    We require a £50 deposit in order to secure a date.

When hiring a venue questions that you should ask?

  • How much are the  drinks prices?
    We aim to provide high quality drinks at a reasonable price. We also serve a great selection of cocktails at a very competitive price. We would be happy to give you a price list on request so you can compare.
  • Will I be sharing the venue with other customers?
    This is entirely up to you.
  • Does it have a sound system?
    Yes, we have a P.A. system available free of charge upon request.
  • Can I get food?
    Yes, please see below our hot and cold buffet and set menu options. Alternatively, let your guest choose from our daytime & evening menu
  • Can you organise live entertainment for me?
    Yes, here at The Hatter we have live entertainment up to 5 days a week including some of Bristol and beyonds best old and new talent. Please speak to us if you would like suggestions or have someone in mind.
  • Can I organise my own live entertainment?