A community tavern where there is always something going on

CHEERS Andy Balderston, left, with the landlord's son Ian Saynor.     Picture Ian Hargreaves  (111630-3)

CHEERS Andy Balderston, left, with the landlord's son Ian Saynor. Picture Ian Hargreaves (111630-3)

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A PUB with more than 150 years of history, the Rose in June is still to this day a vibrant part of its community.

Boasting events every week, a loyal troupe of regulars and one of the city’s finest beer gardens, the Milton alehouse is normally buzzing with activity.

Owned by Enterprise Inns, the pub is jointly managed by two couples: Paul and Mary Saynor, and Paul and Caroline Taylor.

Together they have turned the Rose into one of the most well-known pubs in the local area.

And its reputation for good beers, regular live entertainment and a friendly atmosphere has been built up over the years.

Now the pub plays host to live music, two pool and darts teams, quiz and meat raffle nights, and is predictably packed whenever Pompey play.

Everyone from the Victory Morrismen and the Unite union, to the local Ghosthunters and Masonic Lodge make use of its rooms.

Even Barclays Bank is getting in on the act – taking over the entire pub soon for a huge quiz.

The Rose also now hosts a well-attended beer festival every year, featuring ales and ciders chosen from specific regions on the UK – with 2011’s crop coming from the North East of England.

Co-manager Paul Taylor said there is a sense of pride in taking over a such an old and popular pub.

‘You certainly feel like you have a responsibility to maintain it,’ he said. ‘But also to appeal to all sorts of people.

‘We really do get such a range of groups and clubs, and they all keep coming back.

‘We like to have a lot going on – that’s what a proper pub should be like.’

And if there’s one improvement no one could find fault with, it’s the expansion of the pub’s garden.

Reclaiming an area of overgrown, disused land behind the pub, the managers cleared room for benches, wooden play equipment, a barbecue and even a large marquee which can be used for weddings during the summer.

Regular Andy Balderson, 34, lives in Milton Road just down from the pub and said it’s brilliant having it right on his doorstep.

‘It’s just a great friendly place to go for drink,’ he said. ‘And the kids love it because of the garden, they’ve done such a good job.

‘There’s loads of stuff which goes on and it feels like a good community pub.’

Events at the pub often collect money for a number of charities, including St Mary’s Hospital, The Rowans Hospice and the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

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