Brigadier Gerard, Horton Heath

Daily Echo: Brigadier Gerard, Horton Heath Brigadier Gerard, Horton Heath

THEY have swapped a life in the sun for shifts behind the bar at a British pub.

But landlords Glynis and Paul Bates say they could not be happier to be back in the country after living in Spain – and are seeing their new business venture get off the ground.

Pub-goers in the area may well recognise the pair, who have managed several successful watering holes – including the Bugle Inn at Twyford, and the Fox in Fair Oak .

After an eight-year break in Spain, where they ran a popular sea-front bar, the couple have now taken over at the Brigadier Gerard in Botley Road, Horton Heath.

Paul said: “There were alarm bells going with the euro and Spanish economy and we decided that it was time to come back home.

“It’s great to be back. The Brigadier Gerard was a very run down pub, but we have just put it back together.

“We closed it down, decorated it all, refurbished it and I put all my hanging baskets up.

“We just put a bit of love and care back into it and it’s really taking off.

“You hear all these stories about pubs closing and people say pubs are struggling, but I think it is possible to make it work – if you do things right.”

And less than five months after reopening, the pub is already gaining a reputation for its food.

The pub has installed a special pizza oven and is now also offering a takeaway service.

Glynis said: “We change the menu every day. It’s good pub food that’s not overpriced.”

Botley Road,
Horton Heath,
Eastleigh .
Hampshire.
SO50 7DQ.
023 8069 3458.

Comments (8)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

4:34pm Wed 15 Aug 12

pod says...

might try this again, last time we went there last summer, we were told we could not have food in the garden that needed a knife and fork (h & s) as we were 6 adults with 6 kiddis looking for a drink and a meal eating inside was not an option, so we left.
might try this again, last time we went there last summer, we were told we could not have food in the garden that needed a knife and fork (h & s) as we were 6 adults with 6 kiddis looking for a drink and a meal eating inside was not an option, so we left. pod
  • Score: 0

10:39pm Wed 15 Aug 12

KenF on the Bright Side says...

It's gone back to being a proper pub, with a proper landlord and excellent happy staff. Well done Paul & Glynis. Keep up the good work.
It's gone back to being a proper pub, with a proper landlord and excellent happy staff. Well done Paul & Glynis. Keep up the good work. KenF on the Bright Side
  • Score: 0

12:46pm Fri 17 Aug 12

Ortneef Resident says...

It's good to have 'The Brig' back up and running properly again.
It's good to have 'The Brig' back up and running properly again. Ortneef Resident
  • Score: 0

11:52am Mon 20 Aug 12

UnkownUser69 says...

i havent seen the menu change in the last 4 months, and i believe they still have the same chef - and good luck eating in the garden - there is no garden at all now, at least there was a play area for the kids before, not any more!
i havent seen the menu change in the last 4 months, and i believe they still have the same chef - and good luck eating in the garden - there is no garden at all now, at least there was a play area for the kids before, not any more! UnkownUser69
  • Score: 0

3:55pm Wed 22 Aug 12

The Brighter Side says...

Will improve once the landlord learns how to pull a full pint of Fosters
Will improve once the landlord learns how to pull a full pint of Fosters The Brighter Side
  • Score: 0

12:00pm Thu 23 Aug 12

Like it is says...

I have used this pub occasionally for the past 20 years, and seen a succesion of Landlords come and go, but have usually enjoyed what has been on offer. We have always considered the Brigadier to be a 'proper' pub. with reasonable food. I am unable to see other than the flowers, and they are beautiful, what improvements have been made. The kids play equipment has been removed, discouraging families, the Bar Billards and Quiz machine removed from the Bar, and T.V. added, I can watch T.V. at home!
The main claim to fame seems to be they now do Pizzas, wow. so do Dominos. Also we have not noticed changes of menu as stated in your review,.
We did not find happy staff,or a welcoming atmosphere.
I have used this pub occasionally for the past 20 years, and seen a succesion of Landlords come and go, but have usually enjoyed what has been on offer. We have always considered the Brigadier to be a 'proper' pub. with reasonable food. I am unable to see other than the flowers, and they are beautiful, what improvements have been made. The kids play equipment has been removed, discouraging families, the Bar Billards and Quiz machine removed from the Bar, and T.V. added, I can watch T.V. at home! The main claim to fame seems to be they now do Pizzas, wow. so do Dominos. Also we have not noticed changes of menu as stated in your review,. We did not find happy staff,or a welcoming atmosphere. Like it is
  • Score: 0

7:14pm Mon 3 Sep 12

wagster says...

I took my family in there about 6 Weeks ago we arrived 5 minutes after opening time and there words were ' leave us alone we've only just opened ' I couldn't believe it we were going to have a meal there were 6 adults and 2 juniors we walked straight out and will never go back, how rude can you get!
I took my family in there about 6 Weeks ago we arrived 5 minutes after opening time and there words were ' leave us alone we've only just opened ' I couldn't believe it we were going to have a meal there were 6 adults and 2 juniors we walked straight out and will never go back, how rude can you get! wagster
  • Score: 0

4:25pm Tue 4 Sep 12

pod says...

and then pubs wonder why they do not get any trade, after reading this lot I will not be wasting any time giving it another
go.
and then pubs wonder why they do not get any trade, after reading this lot I will not be wasting any time giving it another go. pod
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

Get Adobe Flash player
About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree