Pub to reopen its doors

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A POPULAR pub is to reopen after a grand refurbishment.

The Old Customs House, Gunwharf Quays, has been transformed with traditional Georgian colours.

And some of the rooms have been dedicated to important aspects of Portsmouth’s history, such as Charles Dickens and D-Day.

David Hughes, general manager of The Old Customs House, said: ‘The building is nearly 200 years old and we wanted to pay tribute to its history.

‘It has been many things during that time.

‘It was the first purpose-built office block, and the Royal Navy’s shore establishment of HMS Vernon before it became a pub.

‘They developed mines here in the past and it was even a diving centre at one point.

‘We wanted to reflect that history inside the building, while keeping it as a traditional English pub with fresh food and good drinks.’

Having closed on February 20 for the revamp, The Old Customs House will open its doors to punters once again on Thursday at 7pm.