After worries that their local pub might be closing, visitors to the New Inn, in Gosport, will be happy to hear the owner has big plans.
The new tenant Chris Faulkner took over The New Inn, on Melville Road, two months ago.
It was the second time the pub has closed in recent years and Chris wants to bring stability to it.
He said: ‘The New Inn had only been closed for a couple weeks when I bought it.
‘It had been abandoned by the old tenant and the regulars feared it would close down.
‘I think they’re grateful that the pub is staying open and hasn’t become a Tesco Express or anything like that.’
Since Chris bought it, the pub has had a huge refurbishment.
And Tracey Bone, manager, thinks the improvements are a fresh start for the old pub.
She said: ‘The new work is great.
‘We have painted the walls, installed new lights and the overhead bar was removed.
‘We also knocked down the garage which allowed for us to build a patio in the back.
‘We now have six tables and chairs out there which is lovely for when the weather is hot.
‘The garden gets a lot of sunshine so it is good that we can now enjoy it.’
The pub has also had four televisions installed and has Sky.
A new kitchen has also been built meaning the pub will serve food for the first time.
Chris said: ‘We are going to be launching a new menu in the next couple of weeks.
‘We will be offering good, hearty, traditional pub food.
‘We will be having deals like two meals for £8 or something similar so we’re excited to see that start.
‘It is a first for the pub and I think it will be an improvement.’
The New Inn was relaunched with a party and local residents were invited to enjoy a day at the pub.
A bouncy castle was set up along with face painting and a barbecue. They also raised money for charity.
Both Chris and Tracey also want to concentrate on making the pub family-friendly and involved in the community.
Chris added: ‘We want to see the pub be a part of the community more.
‘We are going to be more family orientated and host lots of fun days over the summer.
‘The plan is to have more days like the relaunch day which was great.
‘Everyone got involved and people are happy just to have their pub back.
‘We want to have a welcoming atmosphere that the community can be proud of.’
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SHE had only been manager for a few weeks when The New Inn pub was closed.
But with a new tenant in place, Tracey Bone is looking forward to a bright future for the pub.
The 47-year-old started working at The New Inn in 2011 but it is the future she is looking forward to.
She said: ‘I love my job and I think I will enjoy it even more with Chris as the new tenant.
‘The refurbishment has made the pub so much more open and it is so different but really nice.’
Tracey has worked for other pubs and was manager of the Green Dragon, in Rowner Road, Gosport.
She worked there for five years and loved every minute.
She added: ‘I love working in pubs so much because of the atmosphere that the locals make.
‘I enjoy giving the customers what they want and ensuring they’re having a good time.’
‘The changes to The New Inn will give our customers this.’
But it is not just the new look which will please customers.
Tracey hopes to have more dart teams formed and a pub football team set up.
She added: ‘I really love my darts and I love playing with the regulars.
‘It would be nice if we had more teams to play tournaments. ‘It would be great fun, not only for me, but the other dart players too.
‘It always offers friendly competition and is a great night.
‘With live music and the new food, it will make for a fun evening.’