NESTLED in the heart of Emsworth, the Blue Bell Inn has had a long association with the sea.
So when Giles Babb, the landlord of the South Street pub came up with an idea to make a few pounds from the sale of a T-shirt with the pub’s new sign on it he didn’t hesitate to donate some of the profits to the RNLI.
The sale was so successful he went on to make hoodies and crew shirts with the pub’s name and logo on – raising £700.
‘There are people all over the world wearing Blue Bell tops now,’ said Giles.
‘People have been buying them for family and friends in America, South Africa and Australia.
‘It’s because people love this pub.
‘It’s family oriented and we welcome people from all walks of life.
‘If you come in here at 5pm on a week day you’ll find builders, families, guys in suits and the odd film star – but I can’t name any names.’
The pub is food driven and was named The News’ Guide Awards Pub of the Year this year.
And in 2009, The Times said it had the best fish and chips in the country.
Giles said: ‘Emsworth is a vibrant town and we are a family run pub that strives to be at the heart of this community.’