A weekend with: Kate Preston

Kate Preston, landlady of The Wellington pub in Old Portsmouth.   Picture:Steve Reid (114449-437)
Kate Preston, landlady of The Wellington pub in Old Portsmouth. Picture:Steve Reid (114449-437)
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Landlady Kate PReston is 47 and proprietor at the Wellington Pub in Old Portsmouth where there is a family fun day to raise money for Dorothy’s Dream at the Rowan’s Hospice from noon to 6pm today. Here she describes her perfect weekend.

What would be your ideal weekend destination?

Anywhere where no-one knows me. What a miserable humbug I am!

I love taking mini-breaks to European cities and discovering their cultures.

Not counting your loved ones, who would be your dream companion?

Someone tall dark and handsome with their own teeth and hair and under 70! Not too much to ask for is it?

What music would you take with you?

Genesis, Phil Collins, Motown, David Essex, Michael Buble, Caro Emerald, Donna Summer, Susan Boyle. Most people think my taste is cheesy.

What about something to read?

Girlie easy reads, detective stories or books based on true stories. It depends on my mood and how tired I am, but I always have a book on the go. The best book I have read recently was Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. It’s very sad but I couldn’t put it down.

What would be your ultimate way to relax?

I go swimming four or five times a week, have a Jacuzzi and a steam. It’s a complete switch-off and clears my head.

If money were no object, which shop would you head for?

De Beers, ’cause diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

What’s your all-time favourite film?

Shirley Valentine. My favourite line is ‘hello wall’. We all want to run away sometimes.

We’re buying the drinks tonight. What’s your poison?

Bacardi and diet Coke – always has been. It doesn’t go to my head.

What are you doing this weekend?

Today I have a family fun day at the pub to raise money for the Rowans Hospice.

We have face painting, a raffle, colouring competition, guess how many sweets are in the jar, name the bear, cream teas and homemade cakes and a ukulele band – all from noon to 6pm.

We’ll then clear-up and get the pub ready for diners from 6.30pm to 9pm.

Then I’ll be behind the bar until 1am. Tomorrow, I’m in the bar all day too.

What’s a favourite local

destination for a weekend day out?

This doesn’t happen often because I need to be looking after the pub, but if I could I would like to go out for a lovely relaxing Sunday lunch in the country somewhere.