Love your Local: The Tangier pub in Portsmouth

The Tangier pub in Portsmouth
The Tangier pub in Portsmouth

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Up until now many people wouldn’t have realised that The Tangier had reopened.

When landlady Gillian Drinkwater took over the pub in December following a three-month closure she decided to rely on word of mouth as a way of telling people it was back in business.

Now, after gaining the approval of neighbours in the local community, Mrs Drinkwater is eager to reintroduce the pub, in Tangier Road, Copnor, to a wider audience.

She has set up a Facebook page for the pub, which lists all its forthcoming events.

As part of the landlady’s mission to bring in extra custom she’s offering free cups of coffee and tea to pensioners before 2pm on a weekday.

They’ll be able to sit comfortably in the pub’s new look lounge bar, which has been refurbished.

The main bar’s previously dark red decor has been replaced with neutral colours and the toilets have been brought up to scratch.

Mrs Drinkwater, who grew up in Stamshaw Road, Stamshaw, said: ‘This is a community pub.

‘It’s an old-fashioned boozer – we’re not food-orientated.

‘People probably haven’t realised that the pub is open again.

‘The only form of advertising I have been using is word of mouth.

‘I can see big things happening here in the next year.

‘The target is to one day have the pub so full you wouldn’t be able to fit a cigarette paper in it.

‘We’re predominantly a drinking pub but we want to encourage pensioners and mothers with children to stop by and have a coffee.

‘If it’s a nice day then they can sit outside and enjoy one.’

But Mrs Drinkwater has decided to keep a few of the pub’s original touches.

Signed Pompey memorabilia left behind by the previous landlord remains on the walls because Ms Drinkwater is a huge fan of the club.

The pub’s green, glazed tiled exterior also remains intact.

‘I really love Pompey,’ she said. ‘Who cares that they’re going down? As long as the club survives that’s all that matters.

‘Ten years ago I used to go and watch them all the time.’

For more information about the pub call (023) 9269 3324 or search for The Tangier on Facebook.