The Junction Tavern, Gosport

BUSY The Junction Tavern in Gosport.    Picture: Steve Reid (120885-791)
BUSY The Junction Tavern in Gosport. Picture: Steve Reid (120885-791)
Amanda Morby, Portsmouth

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When landlady Deana Geary asked her brewery if she could start selling real ales in her pub, it didn’t think people would buy them.

But Deana has proved the doubters wrong by turning The Junction Tavern into a haven for real ale drinkers.

After putting on the pub’s first real ale festival last year, Deana has decided to treat her locals to another one next month.

Up to 15 ales, three ciders and a perry will go through the taps at the local in Leesland Road, Gosport between April 6 and 9.

Deana, 38, took the reins behind the bar two years ago.

It was then that she contacted owners Pubfolio Limited, which went into administration later that year, about setting up cask ale pumps.

‘The previous owner was never keen on selling them but I knew there was a demand for them,’ she said.

‘Customers were asking me if I could order them in.

‘Real ales had become fashionable again – I knew I had to tap into that.

‘Ever since I brought them in trade has gone through the roof.

‘I’m delighted with how things have gone here.

‘It’s the best thing that has ever happened to this pub.

‘It’s put it back on the map.

‘Before I came in the place had quite a bad name.’

Deana, who has a team of three barmaids behind her, has spent £10,000 getting the local back on its feet.

‘The previous owner had stripped the place of everything,’ she said.

‘So I had to start from scratch and replaster everything.

‘We put in new floors, refurbished the toilets and spruced up the garden.’

The pub has two darts teams, two pool teams and a football squad.

Recently locals raised £165 for The Huntington’s Disease Association at a music quiz inside the bar.

The pub’s current owners GRS Inns Limited donated small prizes.