Owners secure future for Bitterne Park Hotel in Southampton

Daily Echo: Pub future secured Pub future secured

THE FUTURE of one of Southampton’s most historic pubs has been secured.

The Bitterne Park Hotel is celebrating after the appointment of new long-term owners who have big plans to give it a new look and restore its hotel status.

But that is not all – the watering hole has also been named as a community asset by council bosses, giving locals the chance to take control should its future ever be in doubt again.

It is the second listed community asset in the city after The Bittern pub in Thornhill Park Road became one last year.

It has been a rocky few months for the pub, with its future cast into doubt when it closed in January following the departure of landlord Ian Houston.

Another owner was found in February but within days they had pulled out.

Since then the Cobden Avenue establishment has been able to steady its ship thanks to Sharmene Warner, former landlord of the Castle pub, in Midanbury, who took the reigns as an interim manager.

But now Enterprise Inns have new long-term lease holders at the helm, with Raymond Raynor and Gina Coulson taking position behind the bar.

The brother and sister duo are delighted to have taken on the lease.

Raymond said: “We are really happy that it is a community asset and we hope that the community will get behind the pub.”

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The pair are hoping that the pub will have an extensive refurbishment in the coming months and will also run as a hotel with seven rooms in the future.

As the pub is now a community asset, it means the community in Bitterne Park could bid on and buy the property, should Enterprise Inns ever decide to sell it in the future.

Conservative councillor for Bitterne Park, Peter Baillie believes it will be a great boost for the area.

He said: “I am glad that it is a community asset, because Bitterne Park needs a pub, hopefully that will mean it will continue.

“People realised that it is a difficult environment for pubs and when you lose a pub it is difficult to get it back.”

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12:16pm Tue 27 May 14

Dasal says...

Good news !
Will stop some "hopping in" to THE decent pub down the road................
...
Good news ! Will stop some "hopping in" to THE decent pub down the road................ ... Dasal
  • Score: 10

12:35pm Tue 27 May 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

Keep the character and you will keep the regular s . CHANGE and it will be yet another quick close.
Keep the character and you will keep the regular s . CHANGE and it will be yet another quick close. SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: -6

12:44pm Tue 27 May 14

Dave Juson says...

Good news, but I am still wondering why the Echo regards it as historic?
Good news, but I am still wondering why the Echo regards it as historic? Dave Juson
  • Score: 4

12:50pm Tue 27 May 14

03alpe01 says...

Dave Juson wrote:
Good news, but I am still wondering why the Echo regards it as historic?
Was about to ask the same question. Just what is so historic about it?
[quote][p][bold]Dave Juson[/bold] wrote: Good news, but I am still wondering why the Echo regards it as historic?[/p][/quote]Was about to ask the same question. Just what is so historic about it? 03alpe01
  • Score: 1

1:25pm Tue 27 May 14

Bobs Your Uncle ? says...

historic in a non historic kind of way.
historic in a non historic kind of way. Bobs Your Uncle ?
  • Score: 3

1:30pm Tue 27 May 14

From the sidelines says...

... who took the reigns as an interim manager ...


How very regal. Is a landlord's period of tenure known as a reign?

Or did you mean rein?
... who took the reigns as an interim manager ... How very regal. Is a landlord's period of tenure known as a reign? Or did you mean rein? From the sidelines
  • Score: 6

1:48pm Tue 27 May 14

kiddynamite says...

So our council see this dive as a Asset along with the Bittern? I always wonder what type of people drink in places like these, Id be scared id get my shoes dirty in either!
So our council see this dive as a Asset along with the Bittern? I always wonder what type of people drink in places like these, Id be scared id get my shoes dirty in either! kiddynamite
  • Score: -4

3:26pm Tue 27 May 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

HOPE THE PRICES ARE STREET LEVEL!
HOPE THE PRICES ARE STREET LEVEL! Fatty x Ford Worker
  • Score: -2

4:36pm Tue 27 May 14

Block 42 says...

#polishingaturd
#polishingaturd Block 42
  • Score: 1

4:39pm Tue 27 May 14

TrueRed32 says...

Glad it's been kept open! Went here for first time on Saturday night everyone was very friendly! & welcoming! Unlike the clickie atmosphere you get down the station pub
Glad it's been kept open! Went here for first time on Saturday night everyone was very friendly! & welcoming! Unlike the clickie atmosphere you get down the station pub TrueRed32
  • Score: 6

6:02pm Tue 27 May 14

mike coll says...

When I am back in the U.k I will try it again, re visiting old haunts can be interesting. When my wife and I tried it in 2011 *the first time I had set foot inside for some 20 odd years it was dire.
When I am back in the U.k I will try it again, re visiting old haunts can be interesting. When my wife and I tried it in 2011 *the first time I had set foot inside for some 20 odd years it was dire. mike coll
  • Score: -3

9:31pm Tue 27 May 14

Leonaduggan says...

Sorry who is "sharmene warner" ??? It's "SHARLENE WARNER" as usual the echo get it wrong !
Sorry who is "sharmene warner" ??? It's "SHARLENE WARNER" as usual the echo get it wrong ! Leonaduggan
  • Score: 0

10:28pm Tue 27 May 14

Bronson69 says...

Complete **** hole full of the wrong type of people you want in a family orientated community .

Hopefully it won't last long !
Complete **** hole full of the wrong type of people you want in a family orientated community . Hopefully it won't last long ! Bronson69
  • Score: 3

10:40am Wed 28 May 14

Jesus_02 says...

SPIKEISLANDTRADER wrote:
Keep the character and you will keep the regular s . CHANGE and it will be yet another quick close.
Surely you mean keep the Stella cheap and you will keep the regulars
[quote][p][bold]SPIKEISLANDTRADER[/bold] wrote: Keep the character and you will keep the regular s . CHANGE and it will be yet another quick close.[/p][/quote]Surely you mean keep the Stella cheap and you will keep the regulars Jesus_02
  • Score: 0

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