Love Your Local: The Ship Inn, Langstone

NEW START The Ship Inn landlord Daniel Bowden and wife Debbie. Picture: Steve Reid (132507-281)
NEW START The Ship Inn landlord Daniel Bowden and wife Debbie. Picture: Steve Reid (132507-281)

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With stunning views and fresh ingredients on its menu, a pub is thriving under its new management.

The Ship Inn, on Langstone Road, Langstone, was recently taken over by landlord Daniel Bowden.

Located next to the harbour, the pub offers calming views, bringing in customers who love to relax when having a meal or a few drinks.

And it was his love for Langstone that made Daniel want to take over the pub.

He said: ‘Upon my first visit I could see the massive opportunity of such a fantastic landmark.

‘Located in the beautiful Langstone Harbour, I wanted to be a part of giving it the much-needed TLC and a refocus.

‘I hope customers will love the improvements being made and the care I’ve put back into The Ship.

‘I look forward to offering everyone a warm welcome.’

The pub has a patio that is perfect for enjoying a quiet drink or for meeting friends.

And Daniel thinks this helps bring people to the pub.

He added: ‘Whether people want to relax in our cosy new pantry or have a drink, we have everything to make them feel at home.

‘They can also enjoy a bite to eat and look across the beautiful Langstone Harbour.

‘Or, if they’re really hungry, they can have a three-course meal in our lovely upstairs dining room with great views.

‘We definitely have the areas and surrounding to make people feel welcome.

‘Our chefs produce hearty traditional food, we have some fantastic wine, real ales and the best fish dishes. We aim to be your home from home.’

The Ship Inn also has a new pantry open daily from 9.30am. Visitors can enjoy a serving of tea, coffee and treats.

But that is not all Daniel has bought in.

The pub now has new weekly and monthly events to boost customer numbers and give people the chance to experience their restaurant theatre, new menus using the finest seasonal fresh ingredients and their daily specials.

One of these events includes a Macmillan Charity Coffee morning.

The event takes place on Friday, September 27, from 9am, and is a great opportunity for people to enjoy a morning out with friends.

The Ship Inn is also now taking bookings for Christmas.

The pub is also set to have the best Christmas yet with a great festive menu.

For further information, call landlord Daniel on (023) 9247 1719 or e-mail him at shiplangstone@fullers.co.uk

MEET THE LANDLORD

DESPITE not being from Portsmouth, Daniel fell in love with the area and moved his family down from London.

The 43-year-old has worked in hospitality his whole life, having owned several pubs in London and Surrey, where he is originally from.

But he has always had close links with Hayling and the Witterings as his family used to holiday in the area.

Daniel said: ‘I have worked up in London for a long time in several different pubs in many different positions.

‘I have been landlord on a few occasions and even helped with a family business.

‘But it has always been an industry I’ve loved and I have a lot of experience in it.

‘I was excited to see The Ship Inn and as soon as I saw it, I had ideas for what I could do with the place.

‘And the view really confirmed it for me.

‘It’s a great location and I like being near the water.

‘It reminds me of my childhood.’

Even though Daniel enjoyed London, he likes living near the coast.

He often goes on walks around the harbour with his three young sons.

And he’s not shy to get stuck in as he immediately joined the annual raft race that the pub holds.

He added: ‘It was a great day and I enjoyed heading up the charity day.

‘Blessed by the big orange thing in the sky and the perfect back drop, I had a cracking day raising funds for Hayling lifeboats.’

But pubs and serving customers isn’t the only thing Daniel enjoys.

He also plays tennis and got a job as an assistant manager for a club in London.