A NEW Wetherspoon pub in Waterlooville town centre will open its doors on November 1, it has been announced.
The company says it has spent £1m redeveloping the site, which was previously a discount retail store in London Road.
The pub, which will be called The Denmead Queen after the name of a bus that ran through Waterlooville between the two world wars, will be managed by Sarah Dalton.
She was previously at The Crown Inn in Fareham.
The pub will feature one bar, a small beer garden at the back, where smoking will be permitted, and a non-smoking pavement cafe-style area at the front.
Eddie Gershon, spokesman for JD Wetherspoon, said: ‘Photos, local history artwork and information boards relating to the history and characters of the area will be displayed in the pub, including pieces about historical figures such as General Eisenhower, who camped under the cover of the nearby Forest of Bere in the run up to D-Day.
‘The design of the pub interior reflects the Forest of Bere.
‘And there is also a specially-commissioned sculptural screen, by local sculptor Charles Normandale, which celebrates the history of Waterlooville.’
As reported in The News, Waterlooville Business Association wrote a letter to the company to ask if the name Denmead Queen could be changed as it could cause confusion, but the firm has said it is happy with the name.
Mrs Dalton added: ‘We are looking forward to welcoming customers into the pub and we are confident that it will be a good addition to Waterlooville’s community.’