Bitterne Park Hotel to reopen this week

Sharlene Warner

Sharlene Warner

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE tale of a historic Hampshire pub which suddenly closed has taken another twist – it will reopen this week.

The Bitterne Park Hotel closed in January when landlord Ian Houston called last orders and threw a party to mark his departure.

Last month the Daily Echo revealed how another city landlord, Kevin Guerrier, had stepped in to take on the Enterprise Inns site – but pulled out again within days.

But now it seems the future of the Cobden Avenue pub is secure – at least for now – with news of a new landlady at the helm who is planning to open for business on Friday.

Sharlene Warner used to run The Castle pub in Midanbury which closed in 2012.

The 34-year-old said she has been looking to take on a new pub, adding: “I am very excited to be running the Bitterne Park Hotel, it is a dream come true for me.

“I am from Bitterne Park and it has got massive potential. I am looking to do food and turn it into a family pub. But the first thing is to get the pub up and running again.”

Sharlene will be taking on five staff – most of whom used to work with her at The Castle – and will reopen on Friday with live music from indie band The Hiwatts.

A spokesman for Enterprise Inns said: “We are pleased to confirm that the Bitterne Park Hotel is due to reopen very soon under an interim management while we continue to interview the various candidates with a long-term vision for the pub.”

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7:46am Tue 4 Mar 14

Might SS says...

As I also live in Bitterne Park and only went there once under the old landlord - let's hope she can turn it around and bring in better csutomers - food will be good, but she really needs to advertsie locally that it is a changed environment (it'll have to be to get families in there) - we'll certainly give it another try - good luck Sharlene.
As I also live in Bitterne Park and only went there once under the old landlord - let's hope she can turn it around and bring in better csutomers - food will be good, but she really needs to advertsie locally that it is a changed environment (it'll have to be to get families in there) - we'll certainly give it another try - good luck Sharlene. Might SS
  • Score: 19

9:24am Tue 4 Mar 14

Jojo12 says...

If sharlene turned the castle into a family friendly pub I'm sure she will able to do it to the bp hotel, I for sure will start drinking in there when it opens and wish her good luck and every success ,
If sharlene turned the castle into a family friendly pub I'm sure she will able to do it to the bp hotel, I for sure will start drinking in there when it opens and wish her good luck and every success , Jojo12
  • Score: 15

9:31am Tue 4 Mar 14

10 Minute Man says...

I hope the BPH becomes a friendly open pub, welcoming to all comers, and not some old crusty "locals only" with a backup of drugs and violence on the side. It need not be a soul-less corporate food barn either. I would like something more like the SouthWestern Arms or The Crown on my doorstep. And I'd like the Butchers Hook to knock through into a couple of the surrounding units and start brewing their own. Oooh, and 25 years of pub closures following the Beer Orders change to be rolled back by magic so nobody knows who the duck Enterprise Inns or Punch Taverns are.
I hope the BPH becomes a friendly open pub, welcoming to all comers, and not some old crusty "locals only" with a backup of drugs and violence on the side. It need not be a soul-less corporate food barn either. I would like something more like the SouthWestern Arms or The Crown on my doorstep. And I'd like the Butchers Hook to knock through into a couple of the surrounding units and start brewing their own. Oooh, and 25 years of pub closures following the Beer Orders change to be rolled back by magic so nobody knows who the duck Enterprise Inns or Punch Taverns are. 10 Minute Man
  • Score: 10

9:36am Tue 4 Mar 14

Xgipper says...

Are Enterprise willing to make the significant investment this dilapidated pub needs?
Are Enterprise willing to make the significant investment this dilapidated pub needs? Xgipper
  • Score: 6

9:50am Tue 4 Mar 14

Bobs Your Uncle ? says...

historic for what ?
historic for what ? Bobs Your Uncle ?
  • Score: -1

9:51am Tue 4 Mar 14

loonaloop says...

if she done such a great job turning the Castle around how come it`s now a tesco? Rid a Public house of the "Regulars" Usually drunken pot smoking Chavs and you will close down simple as that. Six months tops. it`s obvious Enterprise have not had any offers so put a INTERIM in place for the short term.
if she done such a great job turning the Castle around how come it`s now a tesco? Rid a Public house of the "Regulars" Usually drunken pot smoking Chavs and you will close down simple as that. Six months tops. it`s obvious Enterprise have not had any offers so put a INTERIM in place for the short term. loonaloop
  • Score: -3

10:04am Tue 4 Mar 14

massimoosti says...

My previous post deleted......... obviously too close to the truth ?

With the Castle and BP shutting down how will she prevent the old clientele of previously mentioned from drinking in there and taking it full circle ?
My previous post deleted......... obviously too close to the truth ? With the Castle and BP shutting down how will she prevent the old clientele of previously mentioned from drinking in there and taking it full circle ? massimoosti
  • Score: 2

10:06am Tue 4 Mar 14

Bronson69 says...

The castle pub a family friendly pub !! This is the pub that was mainly run by gangs selling more drugs than the local chemist , it was the venue where an attempted shooting took place and a fire bomb thrown in that luckily didn't explode !

Can't wait to see what's in store for this run down shi# pit this time :-(
The castle pub a family friendly pub !! This is the pub that was mainly run by gangs selling more drugs than the local chemist , it was the venue where an attempted shooting took place and a fire bomb thrown in that luckily didn't explode ! Can't wait to see what's in store for this run down shi# pit this time :-( Bronson69
  • Score: 12

10:49am Tue 4 Mar 14

HillsidePaul says...

Two pubs opening within a week on Bitterne Park Triangle. Must be some kind of a record. Good luck.
Two pubs opening within a week on Bitterne Park Triangle. Must be some kind of a record. Good luck. HillsidePaul
  • Score: 13

11:03am Tue 4 Mar 14

Dave Juson says...

Bobs Your Uncle ? wrote:
historic for what ?
I used to drink there underage.
Pleased to see it is re-opening.
[quote][p][bold]Bobs Your Uncle ?[/bold] wrote: historic for what ?[/p][/quote]I used to drink there underage. Pleased to see it is re-opening. Dave Juson
  • Score: -3

12:16pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Dannyboy 930 says...

Wishing you luck Shar! Let's hope enterprise back you this time round!!
Wishing you luck Shar! Let's hope enterprise back you this time round!! Dannyboy 930
  • Score: 4

4:28pm Tue 4 Mar 14

mickey01 says...

Bobs Your Uncle ? wrote:
historic for what ?
drugs i think
[quote][p][bold]Bobs Your Uncle ?[/bold] wrote: historic for what ?[/p][/quote]drugs i think mickey01
  • Score: -1

5:01pm Tue 4 Mar 14

KSO16R says...

'A dream come true' ??? Good luck.
'A dream come true' ??? Good luck. KSO16R
  • Score: 1

5:46pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Bobs Your Uncle ? says...

mickey01 wrote:
Bobs Your Uncle ? wrote:
historic for what ?
drugs i think
must mean prehistoric , drugged up neanderthals.
[quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bobs Your Uncle ?[/bold] wrote: historic for what ?[/p][/quote]drugs i think[/p][/quote]must mean prehistoric , drugged up neanderthals. Bobs Your Uncle ?
  • Score: 1

6:04pm Tue 4 Mar 14

wwozzer says...

Personally I'd start by having a clear up at the front including replacing the god awful turquoise signage that looks like a primary school project and binning the "A" board that was always used to advertise thrilling events like "Darts night" written with a chalk brick and always sloped left to right by what appeared to be a Dyslexic drunk with prosthetic limbs wearing oven gloves.
Personally I'd start by having a clear up at the front including replacing the god awful turquoise signage that looks like a primary school project and binning the "A" board that was always used to advertise thrilling events like "Darts night" written with a chalk brick and always sloped left to right by what appeared to be a Dyslexic drunk with prosthetic limbs wearing oven gloves. wwozzer
  • Score: 6

6:07pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Jesus_02 says...

Good Luck... I too think there is great potential on the Triangle...I hope it gets the investment in both time and money. If Enterprise are to keep hold of it they will need to be patient as well as supportive
Good Luck... I too think there is great potential on the Triangle...I hope it gets the investment in both time and money. If Enterprise are to keep hold of it they will need to be patient as well as supportive Jesus_02
  • Score: 1

6:34pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Saint fans says...

Great to see our pub re opening, and with the band The Hiwatts a brilliant local band. We know there has already been some interior work carried and await to see if Enterprise keep to their word and carry out refurb! Things are what you make of it and we are looking forward to Friday, good luck Sharlene.
Great to see our pub re opening, and with the band The Hiwatts a brilliant local band. We know there has already been some interior work carried and await to see if Enterprise keep to their word and carry out refurb! Things are what you make of it and we are looking forward to Friday, good luck Sharlene. Saint fans
  • Score: 2

6:54pm Tue 4 Mar 14

ajs194@talktalk.net says...

the lady is a fool ,she should not move in until the owners have given the pub a refurb,
the lady is a fool ,she should not move in until the owners have given the pub a refurb, ajs194@talktalk.net
  • Score: -1

8:07pm Tue 4 Mar 14

SOULJACKER says...

Blimey, are they gonna repaint 'Interceptors' on the wall again & how about having a 'Pacman' video game like they used to have.
I gotta say I used to do underage drinking in there in the 80's & it was a hole back then.
Do they still have the old Hooker in there from Harcourt road that used to go in there in the late 80's :D
As for the Castle being a 'family friendly pub' are we on the same page here or did I miss something?
Anyway, good luck with it Marlene & I hope you succeed :)
Blimey, are they gonna repaint 'Interceptors' on the wall again & how about having a 'Pacman' video game like they used to have. I gotta say I used to do underage drinking in there in the 80's & it was a hole back then. Do they still have the old Hooker in there from Harcourt road that used to go in there in the late 80's :D As for the Castle being a 'family friendly pub' are we on the same page here or did I miss something? Anyway, good luck with it Marlene & I hope you succeed :) SOULJACKER
  • Score: -2

1:50pm Wed 5 Mar 14

kiddynamite says...

historic for being a complete dump full of pot smoking wasters.
Close it and build a co op i say!
Alcohol is the work of the Devil anyway.
historic for being a complete dump full of pot smoking wasters. Close it and build a co op i say! Alcohol is the work of the Devil anyway. kiddynamite
  • Score: -2

3:54pm Wed 5 Mar 14

durkiboy says...

It amazes me that when someone tries to make a living, start a new business etc, because it doesn't fit with people's points of view etc, they have nothing better to do than to hide behind their keyboards making petty, unnecessary remarks, that have no bearing to the story. Personally, I wish Sharlene the very best of luck, and I hope it's successful. It would be interesting to see how many of the people who post these comments would actually have the b@lls to do as she has.................
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It amazes me that when someone tries to make a living, start a new business etc, because it doesn't fit with people's points of view etc, they have nothing better to do than to hide behind their keyboards making petty, unnecessary remarks, that have no bearing to the story. Personally, I wish Sharlene the very best of luck, and I hope it's successful. It would be interesting to see how many of the people who post these comments would actually have the b@lls to do as she has................. . durkiboy
  • Score: 12

9:58pm Wed 5 Mar 14

SteveinTotton says...

The whole historic bit confuses me as well. Come on Daily Echo you keep saying historic, tell us why it is historic. Did soldiers drink there on the way to Agincourt or dud Jack drink there before getting on the Titanic with Rose.
The whole historic bit confuses me as well. Come on Daily Echo you keep saying historic, tell us why it is historic. Did soldiers drink there on the way to Agincourt or dud Jack drink there before getting on the Titanic with Rose. SteveinTotton
  • Score: -1

9:15pm Thu 6 Mar 14

clare87 says...

I wish shar the best of luck and if anyone can make the pub work and make it a success and family friendly it will b her. You cant judge pubs entirely because of the reputation because you can change that. I think the people need give the place the benefit of the doubt and watch this space. Only time will tell. The pub is meant to be a part of the community so have a bit of faith.
I wish shar the best of luck and if anyone can make the pub work and make it a success and family friendly it will b her. You cant judge pubs entirely because of the reputation because you can change that. I think the people need give the place the benefit of the doubt and watch this space. Only time will tell. The pub is meant to be a part of the community so have a bit of faith. clare87
  • Score: 2

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