Pub business booming despite England exit

Barmaid Lauren Going at The Tap pub, in London Road, Portsmouth  during the Costa Rica-England game
Barmaid Lauren Going at The Tap pub, in London Road, Portsmouth during the Costa Rica-England game
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IT MIGHT all be over for England in the World Cup but one landlady said things are just getting started for her pub.

The Tap in London Road, North End, screened the final England game against Costa Rica, which ended in a nil-nil draw.

But despite the home side being out of the tournament, landlady Julie Johnston said punters have been flocking to the venue.

She said: ‘I feel deflated about England going out so early. But what’s been great is we’ve seen an increase in the number of people coming in to watch the matches, but then come back again for food or live music.

‘The pub was packed when England played against Uruguay, and it was great to see people return after to enjoy the pub.’

Seb Loader, 32, of Queens Road, North End, was at the pub to watch England’s final game.

The telecoms engineer said: ‘It would have been good if we won one game as it would have been good to see something.

‘But I think since their last game the players’ hearts weren’t really in it.

‘It’s a shame as it would have been better to come back with something.’

But fan Gareth Warburton, 34, also of Queens Road, thought the team’s performance yesterday had been the best.

The salesman said: ‘This game was the best performance given by England.

‘There was a risk and gamble on playing the team we did.

‘I would say you needed John Terry and Steven Gerrard was stretched.

‘But in a few years’ time I think we may be able to get there.’