Award-winning beer garden and hearty grub at Gosport local

Local 22/11/11 (MO)''''Regulars (left), Dave Murrie, and Mick Newman enjoy a pint at the Five Alls public house in Gosport. [92585572]''Picture: Ian Hargreaves (114150-4)
Local 22/11/11 (MO)''''Regulars (left), Dave Murrie, and Mick Newman enjoy a pint at the Five Alls public house in Gosport. [92585572]''Picture: Ian Hargreaves (114150-4)
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At the crack of dawn five days a week, hearty breakfasts are dished up to ravenous locals at The Five Alls in Gosport.

Landlord Stephen Erne opens his doors at 6am and prepares the early-morning fry-ups for his customers Monday to Friday.

Stephen came up the idea six months ago after he realised there was a gap in the market for a good breakfast at value for money.

The 53-year-old who has owned the Forton Road pub for the past 14 years, said: ‘For just £3 my locals can have a rasher of bacon, two sausages, a fried egg, toast, a tomato and a dollop of beans. I don’t see anywhere else in Gosport doing that.

‘It’s all about helping out the local community.

‘It took a while for things to get going but now I have a group of customers who come every morning for their breakfast.

‘At first I opened up at 7am, but I got asked by people to do it an hour earlier because they wanted a good sit-down meal before they went off to work.’

The pub boasts an award-winning beer garden, which won the best business garden category at the annual Gosport in Bloom competition last year.

The award came after Stephen knocked down a disused garage and the bottle store shed and turned the space into a garden just after he took over.

Over the years he has planted trees, built a cobbled pathway and installed mood lighting and a wishing well to complete the transformation.

Stephen said: ‘I like to call it my own secret garden.

‘At the time I was beginning to realise that a smoking ban was going to come into force at some point, so I wanted to create a nice area for people to smoke and have a relaxing drink.

‘I’m proud that it’s won an award. The locals always comment on how nice the area is.’

In 2002 and 2004, the pub, which dates back to the Victorian period, also won Gosport in Bloom’s best public house category.

It also has its own ladies and men’s darts teams and cash raised from a Christmas raffle each year goes to Newtown Primary School, in Queens Road, or Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (Gafirs).

Lorna Westby, 50, from Avenue Road, Gosport, has been a regular at The Five Alls for the past 15 years.

She said: ‘The customers are loyal because it’s a great place to have a chat and have a bit of banter.

‘The hospitality and the food is great. Everyone is always made welcome.’