Love Your Local: The Golden Hind, Copnor

REFURB The Golden Hind in Copnor Road, Copnor. ''Picture: Steve Reid (121965-813)
REFURB The Golden Hind in Copnor Road, Copnor. ''Picture: Steve Reid (121965-813)

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It was once a pub that predominately served up carvery meals.

Now customers at The Golden Hind, in Copnor Road, Copnor, can enjoy more to eat thanks to a major revamp of the pub’s business model.

The local has taken on a ‘flame grill’ concept with a focus on grilled steak, fish, pork and lamb in different marinades.

The tasty new food is being offered alongside traditional pub offerings.

The new-look menu was introduced last month when the pub was given a huge makeover.

The premises was closed for two weeks while new carpets and wallpaper were put in and a new outside drinking and eating area installed.

The pub’s sign has also been replaced with a more modern one.

The work was carried out by the pub’s owner Greene King for an undisclosed amount.

Daniel Dursley, 33, has managed the pub for the last two and a half years.

He said: ‘I’m really impressed with how the pub looks.

‘All the customers have commented on how nice the place looks.

‘It’s definitely got more of a spacious, modern feel to it now.

‘Greene King decided to give the pub a flame grill concept because it thought it would go down well with the people who come in here.

‘And it definitely has.

‘People like the fact you can have the choice between flame-grill or traditional pub food.

‘We used to mainly focus on the carvery meals we did on a Sunday.

‘We still offer them but there is more of a focus on our new offerings now.

‘We still continue to make sure that our customers get value for money.’

Greene King is now looking to give a number of its pubs across the area a facelift.

The Golden Hind, which was built in 1929, was originally called Ye Olde Inne and was first owned by the former Portsea-based Brickwoods Brewery.

The pub was split into three rooms before being transformed into one bar.

It is one of many pubs named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, who sailed his Golden Hind ship around the world between 1577 and 1580.

Mr Dursley is now hoping the pub can do more for charity after it put on a family fun day in aid of The Rowans hospice early last year.

The pub welcomes live bands and DJs every weekend.

A weekly general knowledge quiz is held on a Wednesday.

‘It’s a great pub that is right at the heart of the community,’ Mr Dursley said.

‘We want to do more for local charities because it’s something I’m passionate about.

The manager, who leads a team of 19 bar and kitchen staff, added: ‘My team are a great bunch.

‘Everyone gets on really well.

‘We have a strong customer base.

‘A lot of the people who come in here have done so for a long time.’