The Anglers Inn. Bishopstoke

By Duncan Eaton

RUNNING a pub in this picturesque corner of Hampshire really is a family affair.

For the mine hosts at The Anglers Inn, Bishospstoke are sisters Carey and Rachel Light and they are making their debut in the pub trade.

It was back in March that their dad Chris Light, who lives and works in Dubai, bought the pub and his daughters have been running it ever since.

And they are certainly enjoying the daily challenge of running their first pub.

Carey, aged 32, explained: “Dad grew up in the area. He knows the local history and a lot of the local people.”

She said that he wanted to put something back in the community and make sure that The Anglers, which has been so much part of village life, remained on the local scene.

Carey said: “We wanted it to be a traditionally family run pub.

It has been a huge challenge but we are already making The Anglers very much part of the community.

“It is nice to see people come into the pub to chat, have a laugh and unwind.”

In a very short time the new management have tripled sales and turned what was the public bar into a very successful restaurant. The pub also has bed and breakfast facilities.

Chef Chris Hoad has produced a very mouth-watering menu which is all home-made with locally produced meats and vegetables.

It has become so popular that diners come from far and wide, including customers who once travelled from Somerset just to sample the soup.

The menu has something to suit all tastes, ranging from ribeye steak with mixed leaf and spinach leaf salad and chips to Hampshire bangers and mash served with onion gravy and vegetables.

There is live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights, included bands and karaoke, and a quiz on Wednesday evenings.

The Anglers was also very much the focal point of last weekends’ Bishopstoke Carnival although it was feared that plans for a barbecue might be washed away.

The pub overlooks the river, which winds through the heart of the village, and is also a popular setting for weddings, christenings and birthday celebrations.

Plans are also being drawn up for a Nov 5 firework party and Hallowe’en evening.

Dating back to the early 1880s, The Anglers is steeped in history and also has spirits of a very different kind. It has a friendly resident ghost known to wander the bars in a long flowing skirt.

She is believed to be old Annie, the original landlady, who particularly enjoys walking up and down the stairs.

■ The Anglers Inn is at 17, Riverside, Bishopstoke.

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