Awesome views and great company make The Lord Raglan tops

Dave Dean (left), and Dave Mahoney who are regulars at the Lord Raglan public house in Emsworth.
Dave Dean (left), and Dave Mahoney who are regulars at the Lord Raglan public house in Emsworth.
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A PUB with one of the best views in the area is a big hit with singles, music lovers, dog-lovers and church- goers.

The Lord Raglan, in Queen Street, Emsworth, has occupied a prime position in the town, overlooking the Mill Pond and the River Ems, for more than 150 years and is still a favourite with the locals.

Landlady Sally Taylor has made it her home.

After working in the pub for three years she leapt at the chance to run it with her partner Pete Mahoney, who is in the army and commutes daily to Salisbury.

Since they took over 15 months ago they have given the pub a bright facelift but kept the integrity of the traditional flint building which the customers love.

Dave Dean, 35, is a regular. He said: ‘I started using the pub about 12 months ago when I heard it was under new ownership.

‘I live quite close by but had never been there before – now I wouldn’t go anywhere else. It has everything I need.

‘The view from the garden is awesome, especially at night when you can see little lights twinkling at the end of the Slipper Pond.

‘I had family down at the weekend and I recommended we go there for a roast and they absolutely loved it.’

In the summer, the pub garden, is crowded with people of all ages, including walkers and cyclists stopping off for a pint, enjoying the sunshine and the good company.

And in the winter there’s fierce competition for the prime spots in front of the two inglenook fireplaces with roaring fires.

Every Sunday there is live music with a festival atmosphere with music to suit all tastes.

On Thursday, single men and women meet for the hugely successful Club After Eight where they get the chance to enjoy the food, drink and the company of new friends.

And twice a week members from the New Life Church, based in Emsworth, hold their meetings at the pub.

Sally, 32, said: ‘I absolutely love it here. Just as we decided to take it over we found out I was pregnant and I said to Pete “Can we really do this?”.

‘We just went for it. The customers absolutely adore our daughter Layla-Rose – she had 103 cards for her first birthday!

‘She is a mini celebrity around here and people come in just to see her.

‘We’re dog friendly too which people love.

‘We have lots of new clientele who love the garden and we have a hard core of regulars who keep us going through the winter. It is a warm, traditional pub and that’s why people love it so much.’