THE NEW landlady of a previously failing pub has hailed her reopening a ‘success’.
Lorraine Witheyman has spent the last few months tidying up The Good Intent in Trinity Street, Fareham after it received a zero hygiene rating under the previous owners and reopened on Thursday.
She said: ‘The opening was amazing and the atmosphere was electric. It was a major success and I am absolutely buzzing.’
The mother-of-four is determined to make the pub aplace for the community to congregate just 18 months after her husband committed suicide.
The 49-year-old said: ‘Every day is hectic and there is always something to focus on so it channels my mind.
‘There is so many things the locals want to bring back that the previous owners stopped doing like a bonus ball bet on the lottery and darts and pool teams so I will be finding out next week how to sign up to a league so we can get that going again.’
Lorraine launched a gin selection for the reopening and has plans for a new menu.
She said: ‘I want to serve food but due to the previous owners getting a zero rating I can’t at the moment so I have invited Environmental Health to come round in a couple of weeks so they can tell me exactly what I need to do and then I can get a kitchen up and running.’
Lorraine, who has lived in Fareham for over 28 years, will have the support of her four children with her new venture.
She said: ‘My family have been great and it is lovely to have people come in to the pub who are regulars, impeccably behaved youngsters and others who previously did not come to the pub because of trouble, all to say how lovely it is.’