SOMETIMES all you want to do after work is meet up with your friends, have a pint and a good natter.
And that’s just what Phil Murphy and his pals do in the relaxing atmosphere of The Travellers Joy in Southbourne, West Sussex.
They say the 200-year-old pub is the perfect place to chat and have a laugh, with a great landlord, amazing food and some cracking ale.
Mr Murphy, a 57-year-old chef from Garsons Road, Southbourne, said: ‘I like it because it reminds me of how great locals used to be.
‘It’s very traditional. There’s always a friendly face and the landlord Colin Elford takes a real interest in his customers.
‘He’s the best landlord I’ve come across for a long, long time. He’s the old fashioned type who is always behind the bar, and looks after his regulars in more ways than one.
‘For instance, if I got stuck with the car he would give me a jump start. He goes the extra mile.’
The pub is loved by all ages, from young families to pensioners.
Mr Murphy says: ‘It’s a very family-oriented pub because the landlords have two children.
‘And it always has great bands at the weekends.’
The pub gets a lot of trade from the caravan park which is next door to the pub in Main Road.
The food is made up of traditional pub dishes and the home-made pies are a real favourite with regulars.
In the summer, the front of the pub bursts with colour from the carefully tended hanging baskets, making it a landmark on the old Havant-to-Chichester road.
Keith Abraham, 61, added: ‘I’ve been to plenty of pubs in my time and this is the best.
‘I go there every single day for my dinner – the food is that good. And the landlord really looks after his bitter.’