Trade picking up ‘slowly’ at revamped Portsmouth pub taken on by Gosport brewers

Martyn Constable from The Florist
Martyn Constable from The Florist

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THE landlord of the new-look Florist pub in Portsmouth says trade is picking up slowly – but is hopeful about the future.

Martyn Constable took on the pumps at the Fratton local on behalf of The Oakleaf Brewing Company, in Gosport, last month.

He reopened the doors following a refurbishment on November 24.

An events programme is now under way - and tonight the choir from nearby St Mary’s Church will go along to perform from 9pm.

Then tomorrow, Prize Old Mummers will perform a traditional mummers’ play at the pub.

A mummers’ play is a traditional English folk play, of a type often associated with Christmas and which was popular in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Speaking about how trade has been so far, Martyn said: ‘We are getting nice people in who appreciate what we are doing. Trade is growing slowly.

‘It’s about explaining to people what we do and the fact we don’t do any national brands.

‘It’s a pub that you can come to and appreciate good produce and have a chat in, as opposed to playing loud music and playing pool.

‘The vast majority of people who come in think the pub is great.

‘You are never going to please everybody, but the vast majority think it’s much better.’

The Florist is open from 3pm to 11pm Monday to Thursday, and from midday to 11pm on Saturdays.

It’s then open from midday to 10.30pm on Sundays.

As reported, a deal was made between Oakleaf and the pub’s freeholder, Chris Hunt, for the Gosport brewer to take on the lease of the venue. It’s the only brewer in the area with its own pub.