LANDLORD Paul Fewings had a flair for food as a chef prior to joining the pub trade.
Paul, who grew up in New Road, Buckland, studied at Buckland’s former George Street School before pursuing a career as a care worker.
After deciding it wasn’t the right path, Paul jumped at the opportunity to join friends for a new adventure in St Ives, Cornwall.
He said: ‘I had a group of friends who had just opened up a new restaurant on the seafront down there. They asked me if I wanted to help them out running it. I couldn’t resist, it was a real breath of fresh air.’
But after two years of life on the south-west coast shoreline, Paul decided it was time to come back to his roots.
He said: ‘The experience was fantastic, I loved every second of it. But financially me and my friends were realising we couldn’t survive the winters down there. I still talk about my time there today, it had an impact on my life.’
After he returned to Portsmouth Paul helped set up The Char Bar, at The Boardwalk, Port Solent, before joining the kitchen at The Tap, in London Road, North End.
He worked his way up the ladder to become the pub’s kitchen manager, before seizing the opportunity to become the new landlord of The Winchester Arms in 2003.
Paul said: ‘I can see myself staying here for a long time yet.
‘Times have changed and there’s no money in the game now, but I still love it.
‘You meet people from all walks of life – from the old man and his dog to families and young people.
‘We have a great crowd.’