Wednesday 13 December 2017

Ashmore gets ready to rock with pop-up Irish pub at Glastonbury

Glasto Bound: Metallica. Photo: Markus Schreiber
Glasto Bound: Metallica. Photo: Markus Schreiber

THE strip club in Bristol is no more. Former Goodbody and Pilot View Capital ace trader Bruce Ashmore is now into pubs. "I'm looking at setting up one at Glastonbury," he told me last week. "It'll be a pop-up one."

The Glastonbury Festival, which will be headlined by Metallica, Arcade Fire and Kasabian, kicks off on June 25, with Ashmore's pub likely to be the biggest Irish attraction. No U2 at Worthy Farm this year. Again.

As head of equities at Goodbody, Ashmore was seen one of the shrewdest traders on the market before moving to other more exotic businesses. He branched into property, pubs and hotels in the Bristol area. This is how he got involved in a 'gentleman's club' which had a number of exotic names ranging from 'Lounge @30' to 'Grace of Bristol'. It was a proper nudie club and one of the biggest and best in Bristol. Apparently.

Ashmore applied for the licence for "technical reasons" but didn't actually run the club, he was just the landlord. Ultimately 'Grace of Bristol' closed down as Bristol cut the number of strip clubs it licensed from four to two. Now it's a craft beer pub called 'Copper Jacks', Ashmore tells me.

The former Goodbody trader is also building houses at Keward Mill just down the road from the Glastonbury Festival. "We've bought a couple of sites," he told me.

Ashmore was once said to have remarked that he had never lost money on an investment in his life.

He actually never said that, though his friends still bring it up. Property and rock 'n' roll. Far more exciting than ... the stock market.

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