Top view attracts customers from across the area

SERVICE WITH A SMILE Barmaid Janice Blackett with regular Terry Nevitt at The Jolly Roger.    Picture: Steve Reid (111238-815)
SERVICE WITH A SMILE Barmaid Janice Blackett with regular Terry Nevitt at The Jolly Roger. Picture: Steve Reid (111238-815)
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A stunning view across Portsmouth Harbour greets the locals who frequent The Jolly Roger in Gosport.

The pub in Priory Road is one of many joining The News Love Your Local campaign.

Punters from across Gosport visit the pub every day for the spectacular views of the cliffs of Portsdown Hill across to the Royal Navy ships and on to the historic buildings of the dockyard in Portsmouth.

And people from as far as Southampton and Basingstoke have been known to visit the pub to try its home-made food.

The pub has a real navy feel to it.

A model of HMS Victory stands on the shelf and paintings and photographs of Royal Navy ships and sailors adorn the walls.

Landlord Mike Burchett says that his philosophy for providing a pub to which regulars will return time and time again is simple.

‘My prices probably should be higher but I have kept them the way they are. I like to see happy faces when they come in. I want to give a good atmosphere.

‘We have a very good local trade because they can walk here. We just look after everyone.’

Barmaid Janice Blackett has worked behind the bar at The Jolly Roger for four years.

She said: ‘We are quite an old-fashioned pub in a good location. It’s quite a busy pub. We have got the view out there.

‘Some of our staff have been here for years.’

The staff make a big effort to keep their customers happy.

Regular Terry Nevitt, 64, from nearby Bittern Close, drops in at the Jolly Roger every morning for a pint and a relaxing read of the newspapers.

He said: ‘I live on my own so if I didn’t come down here I wouldn’t speak to anybody.

‘I have been living in this area for about four years and I have got to know about 50 or 60 people.

‘It’s a fantastic view and there is good food. I have never been disappointed.

‘It’s the centre of the community. I just feel sorry for people who have lost their pubs.

‘It’s the best pub in Gosport. What you get is value for money.’

Janice has got to know the punters well.

‘Customer service in here is very good,’ she said.

‘We do have a good old chat with our customers. A lot of the locals we do know very well. And I think it’s good because it makes the pub a friendly place.

‘A lot of our locals come down here for the company and the chat. It’s nice to come into a friendly pub.

‘It’s nice to have the knowledge that when you come into the pub there are people that you can talk to.’