Meet the landlord: Jeff Upson of The Leopard Inn

HAPPY Landlord Jeff Upson and wife Louise.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves (120618-1)
HAPPY Landlord Jeff Upson and wife Louise. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (120618-1)
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LANDLORD Jeff Upson knows a thing or two about running his own pub.

In the last four years he has been the man behind the bar at The Beresford, in Twyford Avenue, Stamshaw, the Stamshaw Hotel, also in Twyford Avenue, the New Roebuck, in New Road, Buckland, and The New Clarendon, in Clarendon Road, Southsea.

But pub journeyman Jeff has no intentions of moving on again.

He says he has fallen in love with the way of life outside of the city.

‘Living in Purbook is much more relaxed,’ he said.

‘I find more often then not the people are friendlier up here.

‘I’m so happy with how things have gone since I took charge of this pub.’

Jeff, who grew up in Blyth, Northumberland, moved to Portsmouth in 1999 after he met his former wife Julie Upson, who was in The Women’s Royal Navy Service.

At the time Jeff was a mechanic and ran his own garage in Stamshaw.

But after the break-up of his marriage he decided to have a career change and enter the pub industry.

He began working at his friend Paul Dowsett’s pub, the Contented Pig, in Fratton Road, Fratton, before taking charge of his own local.

‘I used to be a doorman for clubs so I already had a general idea of how the pub trade worked,’ Jeff said.

Now he is proud to be back on his feet at The Leopard Inn with wife Louise.

‘For me, it was an easy decision switching from mechanics to the pumps,’ he said.

‘I’ve never looked back since.’