Films for the kids and ale for the adults

SMILES Hugo and Lenka Van Der Walt behind the bar serving regulars Pete Saunders (left) and Andy Jones

SMILES Hugo and Lenka Van Der Walt behind the bar serving regulars Pete Saunders (left) and Andy Jones

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Everything about The Wyvern makes it an unashamedly local place to go for a pint.

There are live music nights with performances from local bands, top quality food made with produce from the area and even the odd show from local comedians.

Despite being in charge of the pub in Common Barn Lane, Lee-on-the Solent, for less than two years, landlord and landlady Hugo and Lenka Van Der Walt have made it their first priority to create a valuable hub for the community.

Hugo, 27, said: ‘We are a very friendly pub – friendly with kids, with dogs and with families. We have a children’s play area round the back and every second Saturday we have film mornings.

‘Youngsters can come in and quietly watch a movie while their parents can catch up with each other. It’s a great way of working with the community and providing something for the people who live here.

‘All our staff treat everybody very well. We banter with the regulars and treat newcomers with respect.’

With the former HMS Daedalus airfield just next door, drinkers can often be found sitting in the pub garden watching the light aircraft and gliders taking off.

Having worked in pub kitchens for many years, Hugo’s attention to detail when serving food never wavers.

‘I still work in the kitchens now until we can get a head chef but the food is very important,’ he added.

‘Sure there are places around here who do food that is slightly cheaper than us, but because we use local suppliers for meat and vegetables our food is of great quality.’

The Wyvern offers a selection of real ales including HSB, London Pride, Seafarers and a weekly guest ale.

Linda Phillips, 60, of Bosham Walk, said: ‘We come all the way down here from Peel Common because we like it so much.

‘The staff are always very friendly and that’s what makes us come back here so much.

‘I wouldn’t say we are regulars but we make the effort to come here once a week or so because it’s just so nice.’

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