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Romsey pubs get a new lease of life
5:11pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
TWO of Romsey’s edge-of-town pubs have been given a new lease of life after being closed for months.
The Duke’s Head at Greatbridge is back in action and the Hunters Inn at Woodley has also reopened after owners Enterprise Inns found new tenants for both.
The new landlord at the Duke’s Head, Shaun Green, said that the pub will become more food-orientated.
He worked as a chef at the Ministry of Defence’s Worthy Down site near Winchester for about three years before taking on landlord duties at the Duke’s Head this month.
Romsey born and bred, the 44-year-old said: “I’ve always been a chef and I’ve had my own pub and restaurant in Chichester for 12 years prior to 2010. I thought I’d give it a go here at the Duke’s Head. I’d always liked the pub. It was run-down and in a state and it’s now been smartened up.”
His girlfriend, Karen Hansford, is working behind the bar and as a waitress.
Meanwhile Carol and Martin Rickman are the tenants of the Hunters Inn.
The couple are building up a mini pub empire as they already have the Malthouse Inn, Timsbury and the Sun Inn at Romsey.
The reopening of the bar brought 170 customers through the doors.
The new-look Hunters will have two bars – one with large screen TVs for showing football and other sports events and another, quieter, family-friendly saloon bar.
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