Love Your Local: The Seagull, Portchester

READY TO GO From left, bar staff Kirsty Linter, house manager Alex Jeffery and Stacey Brison
READY TO GO From left, bar staff Kirsty Linter, house manager Alex Jeffery and Stacey Brison
James Taylor at his desk in his office at 116 High Street, Old Portsmouth.

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It is a pub that’s proud to be at the centre of the community.

Now The Seagull, in Cornaway Lane, Portchester, is enjoying life better than ever before after getting a new lease of life.

And the management team is confident the future of the Greene King business looks bright now the venue has been spruced up.

The pub is popular with families, football fans and drinkers alike and boasts a top food menu.

And everyone was welcomed back on Saturday following the refurbishment, which happened over three weeks from April 14.

Speaking about the changes, pub manager Alex Jeffery, said: ‘The refurbishment has made a huge difference to the Seagull, inside and out.

‘The pub has a more modern look now and the work has given it a brighter, more spacious feel that creates a really welcoming atmosphere, which is important to us as a family-friendly community hub.

‘The green-fingered makeover of the front garden, including colourful new planters, lighting and a fresh coat of paint, gives a great first impression of the pub too.’

The function room was redecorated and the restaurant has been given a new layout.

New furniture and carpets have been put in and the pub has been given a fresh coat of paint.

Work was done to the bar, and a large TV and projector screen have been added.

‘Like any good pub, we are proud to be right at the heart of the local community, so we knew that we had to get this project just right for all the people who love coming here,’ Alex said.

‘The feedback from customers has been very positive, and there have been lots of comments about how good the whole place looks, especially our seven new dining booths, which feature TVs to help keep the kids entertained while the adults finish their meals.’

Alex said much of the appeal of The Seagull is ‘the promise of a good time’ and its reputation as a friendly boozer.

‘With the refurbishment completed and the team behind the bar raring to go, the future for the business looks bright,’ he said.

The pub launches its new summer drinks menu today and a quiz night is held on Tuesdays.

Live music acts perform on the last Saturday of every month, with a Jessie J tribute act earmarked for the next one.

The pub has also started planning a music and family fun day festival called Gullfest, which will take place in September in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.