My Weekend: Gareth Cowell

Gareth Cowell
Gareth Cowell
The Bridge Tavern and Camber Dock''''Picture: Paul Simpso

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Gareth Colwell, communications manager at Aspex Gallery, Gunwharf Quays, is a proud new father who loves political thrillers, craft beers and visiting good local pubs.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

The last holiday I went on was in the UK – we headed down to Westward Ho! in Devon with the family. I’ve been going down to the West Country since I was a kid. It’s a lovely part of the world with a stunning coastline.

What was your last gig?

Gigs have been thin on the ground while waiting for our new baby to arrive. I attended Victorious Festival in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard last year and I can’t wait for this year’s instalment. I’m a huge fan of 2manydjs and seeing them in Southsea will be a dream come true.

What about the last theatre show you saw?

I like to go and support the Hayling Amateur Dramatics Society when I can – my friend Daren Cooper is a regular participant in its plays and pantomimes!

And the last book you read?

Kill Your Friends by John Niven – a very black comedy on the 1990s music industry, which is just about to be made into a film starring About A Boy’s Nicholas Hoult. Not for the faint-hearted!

What was the last film you watched?

Cuban Fury on Valentine’s Day, which was suitably light hearted for the occasion. I’m a big Nick Frost fan, and it was also great to see Chris O’Dowd playing the bad guy for a change.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

I really enjoy ales and craft beers, so sitting down in the garden on a sunny day with a new brew is my idea of heaven. I’m looking forward to trying a few new beers at the Portsmouth Beer Festival next month.

What do you watch on TV?

Being a politics graduate, I can’t get enough of the new House of Cards on Netflix, Kevin Spacey is insanely good playing the lead role of a ruthless politician.

Which celeb would you like to spend the weekend with?

Rob Brydon – from watching The Italian Trip. I think I could easily spend 48 hours eating, drinking and doing impressions with him.

What do you like to cook?

I make a mean home-made curry with fresh ingredients and spices from Southsea’s legendary Akrams. You’ve got to support your local traders.

Which pubs and bars do you like?

I like a pint in The Phoenix or the King Street Tavern, and you can’t beat the range of beers in The Leopold. For a Sunday roast, it’s got to be Little Johnny Russell’s.

Where’s good for a day out locally?

A trip out to Durleighmarsh pick-your-own over near Petersfield, followed by a spot of lunch in The Red Lion at Chalton looking out across the Hampshire countryside.

And what about a day trip further afield?

You can’t beat a day sightseeing up in the capital. However, I’m more than happy with a visit to IKEA, as long as I get some meatballs.