No discos, just a lot of community spirit at this pub

CHEERS From left, Keith Harris, Tony Owen, landlady Rebecca Lambert  and Colin Wall.  Picture: Sarah Standing (114073-9962)
CHEERS From left, Keith Harris, Tony Owen, landlady Rebecca Lambert and Colin Wall. Picture: Sarah Standing (114073-9962)
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It used to be a disco-themed pub with sticky carpets, pink neon lights and wall posters of old pop stars.

But four years ago, landlady Rebecca Lambert, 47, took over The Hampshire Rose, in London Road, Widley, and gave it a much-needed facelift.

A splash of cream paint, new wooden flooring and the introduction of a separate dining area has given the pub, which dates back to 1930, a more modern feel.

Rebecca, who leases the pub from its owner Enterprise Inns, has a team of 13 barmaids, a barman and two male and female chefs behind her.

She is proud that the pub has become a haven for the community.

She said: ‘There used to be live music and battle of the band competitions, but the problem was that it attracted a lot of trouble and gave the place a bad name.

‘I wanted to give something back to the community and get it running as a family pub.

‘I’ve done everything I can to make that happen.

‘We’ve increased the amount of beer and barrels we stock by 10 per cent, and turnover has doubled in the space of four years.

‘Every Sunday we make over a 100 roast dinners for families, and all the food is locally-sourced.’

The pub dishes out free lollies to kids and it will host a Santa’s grotto on December 18.

Solent City Chorus will sing carols to visitors at the event.

In January the pub is set to hold a live music and cupcake stall evening in aid of Help for Heroes. A date has not yet been confirmed.

The pub has chosen to support the armed forces’ charity because Rebecca’s son, Jake Barnes, 22, was a friend of marine Richard Hollington, who died after a bomb blast while on patrol in the Sangin district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, in June last year.

Hampshire Rose regular John Mills, 85, of Court Lane, Cosham, said: ‘The pub had a bad name, but it’s been turned around.

‘The staff are friendly and the owner is excellent at organising everything.’