Inn by the sea is back in business after a major refurbishment

From left, Samantha Tame, Kostas Nastoulis, Ian Lee, general manager Tracey Lee and Megan Merliny at the Inn by the Sea
From left, Samantha Tame, Kostas Nastoulis, Ian Lee, general manager Tracey Lee and Megan Merliny at the Inn by the Sea

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The Inn by the Sea has reopened following a big investment and extensive refurbishment.

The Lee-on-the-Solent pub has been relaunched as a Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery restaurant, creating 12 new jobs.

The former Crown Carvery in Portsmouth Road has a new look and a menu, and staff and regulars seem pleased with the refurbishment at the launch.

After being closed for two weeks, the pub hired an entertainer to make balloon models for children and a large balloon arch was created at the pub’s entrance.

Regulars and locals were invited to see all of the new features, which include re-upholstered furniture.

The pub is popular for its carvery dinners.

The decking station where the dinners were once served has been removed, along with bar tables and chairs, to make way for the brand new food court.

A pizza and salad bar has been installed in the court so that punters have a carb-fuelled or healthy option.

The food court features an ice-cream machine, with sweet machines hanging from the walls for the children to enjoy.

While the staple carvery and big breakfast plates remain, pizzas and burgers are now available.

Healthy options are also on the menu.

The team behind the pub, which is owned by firm Mitchels & Butlers, began renovations two months ago when it bought a climbing frame for the garden.

General manager Tracey Lee said: ‘We’re excited about the new changes and are looking forward to welcoming the people of Lee-on-the-Solent and the surrounding areas to come and see what Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery is all about!

‘The restaurant has been given a fantastic look and a menu that has something for everyone.

‘When you eat with us you can put on the plate exactly what you want, creating your meal, your choice, your way.

‘We’re a real part of the local community and are looking to support local charities, projects and host a variety of events and activities that everyone can enjoy.

‘When you next pop in to savour a good meal, or spend quality time with family and friends, be sure to ask us about what’s coming up!’

As well as providing a space for families to relax in and enjoy, the new jobs created by the refurb will also provide the local economy with a boost.