Richard Peckham, 50, and Debbie Moorhead, 54, both from Southsea, opened Sherlock’s in Clarendon Road in July 2020.
The pair were inspired to start a bar after seeing the premises, a former café, was up for sale.
Despite friends calling them mad for starting a business in a pandemic and neither having run a bar before, the pair poured their enthusiasm into the business – and they are delighted to see their hard work finally starting to pay off.
Sherlock's Bar has outdoor seating, facing south to make the most of the sunny afternoons.. Picture: Mike Cooter (300721)
‘Due to the lockdowns, we have only been open six months out of the 12, so now the restrictions have been relaxed we are looking forward to doing what we wanted to with the bar.’
The spacious and stylish interior at Sherlock's Bar. Picture: Mike Cooter (300721)
The couple, who have four children between them and two grandchildren, have also opened the bar up to the community, allowing inclusive and supportive charity Spark Community Space to put on coffee mornings.
Richard said: ‘We wanted to support a charity and to have a local charity like Spark near us, run by Becki who is amazing, was a perfect fit. It makes you feel good to do something to help.’
The pair now plan to start hosting live music as well as entertainment in the evening such as quiz nights, games nights and singles events. They also plan to start tasting nights, called Moretti Munch and Prosecco Brunch, and they plan to start selling a small food menu soon.
Richard said he has been grateful for all the support shown for their venture over the past year.
Sherlock's bar on Clarendon Road. Picture: Mike Cooter (300721)
He added: ‘Hopefully we have gone through the worst part. Now the restrictions have calmed down, we can get back to normal bar and do the things that we love.’
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One of the bespoke pieces decorating the bar's interior. Picture: Mike Cooter (300721)
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