Flood nightmare costs pub £700,000

Daily Echo: Flood nightmare costs pub £700,000 Flood nightmare costs pub £700,000

A HAMPSHIRE pub is back pulling pints after a £700,000 flooding nightmare that has forced it to close for four months.

The White Swan found itself underwater for several weeks as Hampshire was hit with the worst flooding in 200 years earlier this year, destroying everything inside.

Daily Echo:

The manager and his family were forced to move out, staff were laid off and the whole building had to be stripped back to the brick due to the sheer amount of water which submerged the whole pub for more than a month.

But after months of hard work and determination to get the pub restored to its former glory, its back looking better than ever and staff are cannot wait to start serving customers.

The pub in Mansbridge, which backs onto the River Itchen, first flooded over the Christmas period and since then it has been a constant battle to keep it above water.

Daily Echo:

There were hopes in early February that it could reopen after a seven-day closure but as the rain continued to fall, the water got deeper and even parts of the property which had never flooded before couldn’t escape.

With nowhere to go, the water lay stagnant inside for weeks on end, giving manager Steve Hammond no choice but to lock up, move out and tell 30 members of staff that there was no work for them.

Daily Echo:

But once the water drained away, work got started to get the place ready for customers and now it boasts a completely new interior, new dining rooms and kitchen.

One of the new additions includes the Titanic Room, which is decorated with authentic blueprints of the ill-fated ship and memorabilia.

Daily Echo:

The floods have cost the pub in excess of £700,000 and more than £30,000 has gone on better flood defences to help prevent it happening again, but with its new look, Steve hopes that customers will come flocking back.

He said: “It has been a horrific last few months and we have worked very hard to be where we are today.”

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7:08am Thu 22 May 14

Suntanned Snowman says...

Until the next time!
Until the next time! Suntanned Snowman
  • Score: 12

8:30am Thu 22 May 14

wwozzer says...

"more than £30,000 has gone on better flood defences to help prevent it happening again"

The only way this will never happen again is by sticking it on a barge or stilts.
"more than £30,000 has gone on better flood defences to help prevent it happening again" The only way this will never happen again is by sticking it on a barge or stilts. wwozzer
  • Score: 8

8:35am Thu 22 May 14

Frank28 says...

Many businesses like this will find that their insurers will no longer cover them for flood damage.
Many businesses like this will find that their insurers will no longer cover them for flood damage. Frank28
  • Score: 7

8:47am Thu 22 May 14

Jonny Maths says...

so not rebuild on stilts then.... EPIC FAIL.... ( as the kids say ).
so not rebuild on stilts then.... EPIC FAIL.... ( as the kids say ). Jonny Maths
  • Score: -1

9:34am Thu 22 May 14

Outside of the Box says...

Good luck to everyone at the White Swan, my stepson who was recently made redundant from another has been given a job there, yes I'm biased but I wish them all the best of luck.
Good luck to everyone at the White Swan, my stepson who was recently made redundant from another has been given a job there, yes I'm biased but I wish them all the best of luck. Outside of the Box
  • Score: 26

10:15am Thu 22 May 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

The WHITE SWAN , has suffered flooding for years , many many years . So WHY keep renovating / repairing , without any REAL SOLUTION . Surely with PUBs closing down , then this SHOULD be a number 1 candidate , the site then could be better used .
The WHITE SWAN , has suffered flooding for years , many many years . So WHY keep renovating / repairing , without any REAL SOLUTION . Surely with PUBs closing down , then this SHOULD be a number 1 candidate , the site then could be better used . SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: -15

10:53am Thu 22 May 14

For pity sake says...

SPIKEISLANDTRADER wrote:
The WHITE SWAN , has suffered flooding for years , many many years . So WHY keep renovating / repairing , without any REAL SOLUTION . Surely with PUBs closing down , then this SHOULD be a number 1 candidate , the site then could be better used .
Perhaps they could sell it to a Tory MP as a duck house.
[quote][p][bold]SPIKEISLANDTRADER[/bold] wrote: The WHITE SWAN , has suffered flooding for years , many many years . So WHY keep renovating / repairing , without any REAL SOLUTION . Surely with PUBs closing down , then this SHOULD be a number 1 candidate , the site then could be better used .[/p][/quote]Perhaps they could sell it to a Tory MP as a duck house. For pity sake
  • Score: 5

11:47am Thu 22 May 14

Huey says...

For pity sake wrote:
SPIKEISLANDTRADER wrote:
The WHITE SWAN , has suffered flooding for years , many many years . So WHY keep renovating / repairing , without any REAL SOLUTION . Surely with PUBs closing down , then this SHOULD be a number 1 candidate , the site then could be better used .
Perhaps they could sell it to a Tory MP as a duck house.
Or turn in into a licenced trout farm with ample mooring and water garden, families welcome.
[quote][p][bold]For pity sake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SPIKEISLANDTRADER[/bold] wrote: The WHITE SWAN , has suffered flooding for years , many many years . So WHY keep renovating / repairing , without any REAL SOLUTION . Surely with PUBs closing down , then this SHOULD be a number 1 candidate , the site then could be better used .[/p][/quote]Perhaps they could sell it to a Tory MP as a duck house.[/p][/quote]Or turn in into a licenced trout farm with ample mooring and water garden, families welcome. Huey
  • Score: 0

4:46pm Thu 22 May 14

wilson castaway says...

Titanic room...very apt! good luck guys.Hope to pop down one sunny Sunday.
Titanic room...very apt! good luck guys.Hope to pop down one sunny Sunday. wilson castaway
  • Score: 1

5:08pm Thu 22 May 14

Bobs Your Uncle ? says...

does the food still taste like it came off the titanic?
does the food still taste like it came off the titanic? Bobs Your Uncle ?
  • Score: 1

7:04pm Thu 22 May 14

andysaints007 says...

Jonny Maths wrote:
so not rebuild on stilts then.... EPIC FAIL.... ( as the kids say ).
PRATT
[quote][p][bold]Jonny Maths[/bold] wrote: so not rebuild on stilts then.... EPIC FAIL.... ( as the kids say ).[/p][/quote]PRATT andysaints007
  • Score: -4

9:21pm Thu 22 May 14

sass says...

"Submerged the whole pub". What, including the roof too? I think not!
"Submerged the whole pub". What, including the roof too? I think not! sass
  • Score: 0

9:24pm Thu 22 May 14

derek james says...

this pub is well known throughout the country, had to see the md of a factory in wales some years ago, it was his favourite pub
this pub is well known throughout the country, had to see the md of a factory in wales some years ago, it was his favourite pub derek james
  • Score: -2

9:59pm Thu 22 May 14

AnnaSouthampton says...

Fantastic news to have this pub back open again! Well done to all the staff and management! Looking forward to a celebratory drink at the weekend!
Fantastic news to have this pub back open again! Well done to all the staff and management! Looking forward to a celebratory drink at the weekend! AnnaSouthampton
  • Score: 3

11:53pm Thu 22 May 14

mike coll says...

When I last called in, 2011 I think it was on a return to the U:K the beer was crap, BUT with no NO DOGS sticker anywhere we took the dog through to sit by the river which I used to do with my parents some 45 years before, half way through the bar heading to the rear some woman staff member barked NO DOGS. we did not stay for another pint,
If they want to sell the place to me I could make an offer.
When I last called in, 2011 I think it was on a return to the U:K the beer was crap, BUT with no NO DOGS sticker anywhere we took the dog through to sit by the river which I used to do with my parents some 45 years before, half way through the bar heading to the rear some woman staff member barked NO DOGS. we did not stay for another pint, If they want to sell the place to me I could make an offer. mike coll
  • Score: 1

3:06pm Fri 23 May 14

Comfytibble says...

As a local to the White Swan I'm very happy this place has reopened. I popped down yesterday, in the pouring rain, to have dinner and a few drinks. It still have that new smell!
The toilets could have done with a refurb but the food was good and staff were friendly and helpful, as always. The White Swan has always been a bit expensive but for the convenience of having this on my door step, I'm not going to complain.
As a local to the White Swan I'm very happy this place has reopened. I popped down yesterday, in the pouring rain, to have dinner and a few drinks. It still have that new smell! The toilets could have done with a refurb but the food was good and staff were friendly and helpful, as always. The White Swan has always been a bit expensive but for the convenience of having this on my door step, I'm not going to complain. Comfytibble
  • Score: -2

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