Old-fashioned charm served at historic pub

REGULARS From left, Keith Abraham, Chris Martin and Phil Murphy
REGULARS From left, Keith Abraham, Chris Martin and Phil Murphy

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SOMETIMES all you want to do after work is meet up with your friends, have a pint and a good natter.

And that’s just what Phil Murphy and his pals do in the relaxing atmosphere of The Travellers Joy in Southbourne, West Sussex.

They say the 200-year-old pub is the perfect place to chat and have a laugh, with a great landlord, amazing food and some cracking ale.

Mr Murphy, a 57-year-old chef from Garsons Road, Southbourne, said: ‘I like it because it reminds me of how great locals used to be.

‘It’s very traditional. There’s always a friendly face and the landlord Colin Elford takes a real interest in his customers.

‘He’s the best landlord I’ve come across for a long, long time. He’s the old fashioned type who is always behind the bar, and looks after his regulars in more ways than one.

‘For instance, if I got stuck with the car he would give me a jump start. He goes the extra mile.’

The pub is loved by all ages, from young families to pensioners.

Mr Murphy says: ‘It’s a very family-oriented pub because the landlords have two children.

‘And it always has great bands at the weekends.’

The pub gets a lot of trade from the caravan park which is next door to the pub in Main Road.

The food is made up of traditional pub dishes and the home-made pies are a real favourite with regulars.

In the summer, the front of the pub bursts with colour from the carefully tended hanging baskets, making it a landmark on the old Havant-to-Chichester road.

Keith Abraham, 61, added: ‘I’ve been to plenty of pubs in my time and this is the best.

‘I go there every single day for my dinner – the food is that good. And the landlord really looks after his bitter.’