The Dolphin pub in Southampton re-opens today

Tim Taylor outside The Dolphin in Southampton

Tim Taylor outside The Dolphin in Southampton

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

A PUB landlord and magician is hoping to pull a rabbit out of the hat and create a centre for the community when he reopens a city tavern.

Tim Taylor, who used to run The Dolphin in St Denys, Southampton, said the news of the pub’s closure in June was met by customers as if they had lost a member of their family.

He is hoping that residents will rally round once again when the alehouse opens today.

Mr Taylor and his wife Lisa Douglas first took over the pub three years ago but shut up shop last month. The financial situation has not changed but Mr Taylor says he is no longer prepared to have the bar closed.

He said: “It’s got a chilled-out and relaxed atmosphere, and the weekend that we left was the saddest. I’ve never known that before and it’s like [customers] were losing members of their own family. I’m happy to do it for the community because I made so many friends there and didn’t like to see the place closed.”

The Dolphin will open today at 4pm but the celebration evening will be held on Saturday from 8pm.

The pub has reopened with the cooperation of owner Enterprise Inns, and Mr Taylor hopes that potential landlords will make themselves known if they are interested in running the pub on a long-term basis.

On Fridays Mr Taylor used to perform magic and the venue was known for having live bands at weekends.

Mr Taylor said: “It offers a community centre.”

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11:23am Sat 26 Jul 14

mr.southampton says...

Funny how whenever a pub closes down it's always owned by Enterprise Inn's
Funny how whenever a pub closes down it's always owned by Enterprise Inn's mr.southampton
  • Score: 24

11:36am Sat 26 Jul 14

mickey01 says...

A case of the heart ruling the head me thinks
A case of the heart ruling the head me thinks mickey01
  • Score: 1

5:17pm Sat 26 Jul 14

bosphonic89 says...

Great to see creeping disease of Tesco et al,twarted on this occassion. Congratulations to Mr Taylor! Athough his establishment is too far away for me to consider it as my 'local' I will certainly have lunch and a couple of jars of the black stuff the next time we visit my sister in law.
Great to see creeping disease of Tesco et al,twarted on this occassion. Congratulations to Mr Taylor! Athough his establishment is too far away for me to consider it as my 'local' I will certainly have lunch and a couple of jars of the black stuff the next time we visit my sister in law. bosphonic89
  • Score: 3

6:07pm Sat 26 Jul 14

durkiboy says...

Get some Timothy Taylors Landlord in..........great marketing ploy ;-)
Get some Timothy Taylors Landlord in..........great marketing ploy ;-) durkiboy
  • Score: 2

6:34pm Sat 26 Jul 14

03alpe01 says...

Take that Tescos!
Take that Tescos! 03alpe01
  • Score: 4

5:39am Sun 27 Jul 14

100%HANTSBOY says...

Good luck to you all involved. We have only used this place a few times and always got a warm welcome from the staff, unlike the pub on the other side of the tracks, where as you walk in you get stared at by all the locals.
Good luck to you all involved. We have only used this place a few times and always got a warm welcome from the staff, unlike the pub on the other side of the tracks, where as you walk in you get stared at by all the locals. 100%HANTSBOY
  • Score: 1

9:07am Sun 27 Jul 14

apm1954 says...

As an ex licencee with enterprise I wish you all the luck in the world.
As an ex licencee with enterprise I wish you all the luck in the world. apm1954
  • Score: 4

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