Meet the landlady: The Fifth Hants Volunteer Arms - John Nash

John Nash
John Nash
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LANDLORD John Nash is only the third person to run the pub, which has been going for more than a century.

Situated in the hustle-bustle of Albert Road, Southsea, the Fifth Hants Volunteer Arms pub is run by John, 61.

He has been running the pub for 26 years, and said: ‘When I left school I went into the printing trade, but after nine years I gave that up.

‘I then started working in a bar and became a supervisor.

‘And that’s when I realised that’s the trade I wanted to follow.

‘That’s when I knew I wanted to get my own pub.

‘I looked at quite a lot of bars before I got a pub.

‘This place has gone from strength to strength and is still doing particularly well.’

John believes pubs are the backbone of this country.

‘They are an institution of this country and long they should remain in that way,’ added John.

‘I want to stay on here until I’m retired.

‘This pub can be quite relaxed, but we never let any wrongdoings take place – people always have a great laugh.

‘In the past few years we have also started to draw in younger people – it’s because it’s a fun place to be.

‘All of the people behind the bar know how to interact with the customers and are always friendly.

‘Albert Road is a great location as well.

‘Over the past few years it’s become the place to be instead of Gunwharf Quays or Guildhall Walk.

‘People come because it’s more diverse down here and there are plenty of different pubs along the road.’