Love Your Local: The Newcome Arms, Fratton

Landlady Ellie Raven and bar staff Anne-Marie Carpenter, left, and Amanda Cumming.' Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142710-9)
Landlady Ellie Raven and bar staff Anne-Marie Carpenter, left, and Amanda Cumming.' Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142710-9)
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Just a stone’s throw away from Fratton Park, this Pompey boozer is a winner with football supporters.

The Newcome Arms, in Newcome Road, Fratton, has been enjoyed by Blues fans for years and is an ideal pitstop for a pint and some banter before a game.

23/09/14  MO''The Newcome Arms in Fratton which is a popular pub for Pompey supporters.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142710-1) PPP-140923-204032003

23/09/14 MO''The Newcome Arms in Fratton which is a popular pub for Pompey supporters.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142710-1) PPP-140923-204032003

Spearheading the bar for 17 years up until 10 weeks ago was popular landlord Nigel Tresidder.

But barmaid Ellie Raven has now stepped up to the plate as landlady after life-long Pompey fan Nigel decided to call time on a satisfying career.

And she’s enjoyed getting stuck in to day-to-day life at the local and freshening the place up, while making sure its existing charm stays in place.

More memorabilia associated with Pompey and the city has also been put up in the pub to emphasis it’s proud of its links.

Ellie, 41, was asked by Nigel to take over when he decided to retire.

She was reluctant at first as she wasn’t sure if she could face up to the challenge, but decided to give it a go as she knows everyone in the area.

She said: ‘It has been a big, big step up, it’s a completely different change of life for me.

‘But everyone seems happy with the change.

‘The running of the pub and everything has been fine, and I have got the hang of day-to-day things like bookwork now.

‘But Nigel still pops in now and then, he was happy for me to take over and for me to keep the pub running as it was, so nothing is really changing.

‘I know everyone down here, they are my neighbours and my friends.

‘We didn’t want someone who didn’t know the area and the people taking over the pub.

‘I am very hands on, if someone needs something doing for them then I will do it.’

The pub has its own Sunday football team as well as darts and pool teams.

Nigel is still on the darts committee and holds Portsmouth Supporters’ Club meetings there.

‘We’re a football pub when the football is on, but otherwise it’s very much a local, community pub,’ Ellie said.

‘We get families and we have seen children being born and grow up here.

‘The people that live around here and the locals are fantastic.

‘I have lived down here for 13 years so I know them anyway.

‘Everything we are doing, we seem to be doing quite well.

‘It’s just a case of providing what people want.

‘There’s a relaxed atmosphere here.

‘We’re not like the big chain pubs.’

The pub does its bit for worthy causes and supports the Tom Prince Cancer Trust and recently the Pompey Academy.