Love Your Local: The Harvest Home, Denmead

Chrissie Hicks, the assistant manager of The Harvest Home in Denmead, with some of the regulars
Chrissie Hicks, the assistant manager of The Harvest Home in Denmead, with some of the regulars
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It’s a pub that already welcomes the community with open arms.

Now The Harvest Home, in Denmead, is seeking to go one step further to please its loyal customers.

The friendly local in Southwick Road is holding its first beer and music festival on June 19 and 20.

Real ales from around the country will be served out of a marquee at the front and eight live bands will perform for crowds over the two days.

A barbecue and children’s entertainment will be laid on at the Fuller’s pub.

And assistant manager Chrissie Hicks hopes the occasion will go down a storm and further show The Harvest Home is the place to be.

The event runs from 5pm to midnight on the Friday and midday to midnight the next day. Entry is free.

Chrissie, 53, said: ‘We have had live music here for a couple of years and it’s gone down so well, so initially we thought about doing a music festival.

‘But then the idea was put to us about making it a live music and beer festival.

‘We are a real ale pub, so we thought, “let’s try it”.

‘It’s gained a lot of interest. I have got a good feeling about it.

‘It was sort of everybody’s idea – the staff, the customers, the brewery’s, everyone said we should try it.’

News of the festival comes after the pub had a complete makeover in May.

A new bar was fitted and the place was given a fresh coat of paint.

Toilets were refurbished as part of the refurbishment, which took place over three weeks.

The pub was closed for four of those days.

The pub is gearing up once again for its annual charity bike ride on July 25.

The Denmead Cycle Ride, in its 14th year, sees cyclists brave 10-mile, 20-mile or 35-mile routes through the South Downs for good causes.

This year, pub-goers will be supporting Hampshire child bereavement charity Simon Says and the Portsmouth branch of the MS Society.

And through the summer children can have some fun on a bouncy castle and in a sandpit in the pub’s enclosed garden.

Chrissie, who works for the pub’s leaseholders, Darren and Dawn Anchor, said: ‘Things are really looking up this summer.

‘We have been here for five years and when we came in, there was no trade to speak of.

‘But our customers have been really great, and between the whole team we have raised the profile of the pub and we are a thriving, community pub now.’