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LOCAL The Jolly Roger pub at Hardway in Gosport. Picture: Steve Reid Blitz Photography
LOCAL The Jolly Roger pub at Hardway in Gosport. Picture: Steve Reid Blitz Photography
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A traditional pub with lots to offer on the menu, The Jolly Roger is a favourite with residents.

Situated near the historic Priddy’s Hard, on Priory Road, Gosport the pub gives stunning sea views across to Old Portsmouth, Portchester Castle and Port Solent.

Customers can enjoy the view along with a relaxing atmosphere from their large patio area during the summer.

When winter comes, locals can then get the same from the warmth of the cosy bar and restaurant areas.

But it is the traditional charm of the pub that keeps the regulars coming back for more.

The bar is in keeping with the pub with its old timber beams and a large open fire place that customers love during the winter months.

They also pride themselves on their wide array of cask ales, lagers, wines, spirits and soft drinks.

Michael Burchip has been landlord of the pub for nine years and he feels the location and feeling of the pub is what keeps it popular.

He said: ‘Our customer base is mostly regulars but, with our location, we do get people who have come here for the day and pop in for lunch or dinner.

‘They quite enjoy looking around the marina and the waterside and then coming in to escape the heat in summer or the cold in winter.

‘But we do get regulars who enjoy the laid-back atmosphere that we have here.

‘We aim to please them and we don’t have loud music playing or hectic quiz nights because they don’t want them or need them.

‘They come to us to enjoy a nice, quiet drink and chat.’

The demographic of the customers do vary, with The Jolly Roger getting people in their early 20s to their late 80s.

But they all have one thing in common – they love the location and the food at the pub.

Michael added: ‘We have quite a range of food on our menu and where it can be, it is all local ingredients and home-made.

‘It really gives our food a great taste because the pies, the lasagne and all the desserts are home-made, here in the pub.

‘Customers can tell the difference and enjoy the fresh products.

‘We have a meat and fish board and we try to meet everyone’s needs.’

But good food and a great location isn’t all the pub is known for.

Every August, they do their annual raft race and teams from the area take part.

Michael said: ‘We always look forward to the raft race.’

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WITH nine years under his belt, Michael Burchip knows The Jolly Roger and knows his customers.

The landlord has a strong team of staff behind him who help keep the pub traditional and a favourite with the regulars.

He said: ‘Our old restaurant has a wonderful traditional and cosy feel, keeping all of its 18th-century charm.

‘With lovely rustic brick walls and old timber beams, the spacious and traditional environment makes a wonderful place to snack, lunch or have dinner.

‘Our new light and airy extension gives magnificent views down to HMS Victory.

‘Choose from an exciting selection on our a la Carte menu or regularly updated daily special board menu.

‘All food is freshly prepared and local produce is always used where available.

‘Being opposite Old Portsmouth means freshly-caught fish is always

available.’

Michael prides himself on the food at The Jolly Roger and it is a factor he is always thinking about and perfecting.

From traditional pub grub like fish and chips and steak and kidney pie, to more restaurant-style meals like leg of lamb steak and chicken stroganoff, there is something for everyone and for all occasions.

Michael added: ‘The Jolly Roger pub and restaurant boasts 80 covers.

‘But that still allows for plenty of space between each table making it the ideal venue for all the family, for all occasions.

‘It is just a great pub and we aim to continue pleasing out customers.’