Love Your Local: The Brewers Arms, Milton

BOSS Jo Clarke Johnstone, the landlady of The Brewers Arms in Milton. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122917-2)
BOSS Jo Clarke Johnstone, the landlady of The Brewers Arms in Milton. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122917-2)

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It’s renowned for being popular on Pompey match days.

Now The Brewers Arms, in Milton Road, Milton, wants to attract a different crowd.

In a bid to make the pub more family-friendly landlady Jo Clarke Johnstone has built a children’s park at the back of the pub.

And a separate beer garden has been kitted out with new paving slabs and colourful plants.

Outside benches and tables have been repainted in a bid to make the place more attractive.

A food menu was also introduced at the Fuller’s pub two months ago.

Jo has been in charge for three years.

‘We’ve always been a favourite on match days because we’re so close to Fratton Park,’ she said.

‘But now I’ve started making it a more family-friendly place.’

On September 28 the pub will join in Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and hold a table-top and cake sale in the beer garden.

The event kicks off at 10am.

On October 6 regular Robbie Sizer will join around 40 other cyclists as they pedal from Southampton General Hospital to the pub.

The team are raising money for the hospital’s nephrology ward, which cares for children with kidney disease.

Robbie’s daughter Sophia Sizer Hellard, one, has been cared for at the ward since her birth.

The cyclists aim to arrive by 1pm and hope to raise around £4,000.

During the day families will be treated to a bouncy castle, fun games, face painting and a barbecue.

Jo said: ‘Robbie and Becky are very close friends of mine as well as being customers here.

‘I’ve known them for about 14 years.

‘Unfortunately Sophie has spent most of her life so far in hospital.

‘As a pub we feel it is incredibly important to support local people and local causes.’

Every month the pub holds a ‘Brewer’s Got Talent’ talent competition.

The final will be held in December and customers can win cash prizes.