Chris Evans could become partner in former Tollhouse Inn in Lymington

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CELEBRITY Chris Evans could become a partner in a Hampshire pub that closed down after an arson attack.

The Tollhouse Inn in Lymington has undergone a massive revamp after suffering £100,000 damage in a blaze started by the landlord and his wife.

It is set to re-open today as The Haven Bar at the Monkey House having been taken over by Rob Smith, who also owns the The Haven Bar and Bistro at Lymington Yacht Haven.

Mr Smith, who painted a Lymington post box gold to honour the town’s Olympic sailing hero Sir Ben Ainslie, is a friend of the former TFI Friday star who is currently a presenter on Radio 2 and of the BC’s The One Show.

Multi-millionaire Mr Evans already owns a pub in Surrey.

Dean Thomas, 42, and his wife Melynda, 36, were jailed for six ad three years respectively for setting fire to The Tollhouse Inn by spreading petrol around the bar area and igniting it.

Southampton Crown Court heard how they started the blaze because of mounting debts while Melynda’s teenage daughter and her boyfriend and a pub worker were asleep upstairs.

Both were found guilty of arson being reckless as to endanger life by a jury after denying the charge.

Dean Thomas was also given a 12-month prison sentence for perverting the course of justice to run concurrent to his six-year sentence after the couple tried to pin the blame on his brother-in-law.

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10:11am Fri 10 Jan 14

Frank28 says...

Although it has traded under various names and had many Licensees; celebrity ownership will not change things for a pub that doesn't draw people.
Although it has traded under various names and had many Licensees; celebrity ownership will not change things for a pub that doesn't draw people. Frank28

11:09am Fri 10 Jan 14

SilvanDryad says...

In the report in the Lymington Times I read this morning at 7.30am, it said Chris Evans may pop into the pub this weekend for a pie and a pint with his good friend Mr Smith.
However, that will not make me patronise this establishment, rather the reverse.
In the report in the Lymington Times I read this morning at 7.30am, it said Chris Evans may pop into the pub this weekend for a pie and a pint with his good friend Mr Smith. However, that will not make me patronise this establishment, rather the reverse. SilvanDryad

2:42pm Fri 10 Jan 14

NewForestStu says...

Too far from town for my liking. In all my time living in Lymington i have rarely frequented the Monkey House having only been there about twice. With Mr Smith taking over the reigns don't think this is likely to change either.
Too far from town for my liking. In all my time living in Lymington i have rarely frequented the Monkey House having only been there about twice. With Mr Smith taking over the reigns don't think this is likely to change either. NewForestStu

8:17am Sat 11 Jan 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

Chris Evan s ABOUT as tempting as a bowl of SNOT , and in LYMINGTON you would pay a premium for it
Chris Evan s ABOUT as tempting as a bowl of SNOT , and in LYMINGTON you would pay a premium for it SPIKEISLANDTRADER

1:42pm Thu 16 Jan 14

georgetheseventh says...

SPIKEISLANDTRADER wrote:
Chris Evan s ABOUT as tempting as a bowl of SNOT , and in LYMINGTON you would pay a premium for it
Unless another Estate Agent chases him out of town, I think you might get lumbered with him.
He LOVES you southern softies.
[quote][p][bold]SPIKEISLANDTRADER[/bold] wrote: Chris Evan s ABOUT as tempting as a bowl of SNOT , and in LYMINGTON you would pay a premium for it[/p][/quote]Unless another Estate Agent chases him out of town, I think you might get lumbered with him. He LOVES you southern softies. georgetheseventh

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