IT’S a friendly family pub in the heart of the city.

Luchi Da Silva has run the Malvern Tavern in Southampton since August 2013, having already worked in hospitality for more than 20 years.

Since then he has worked hard to ensure there is a welcoming atmosphere for people of all ages.

The 43-year-old has worked in hospitality for more than 20 years.

Since moving to the UK from Portugal he has worked as a manager of cocktail bars and restaurants in Wimbledon and Guildford, a French restaurant, a Harvester and a Beafeater in Basingstoke.

But he came to the Malvern with his wife Liz and five-year-old daughter Isabelle looking for a new challenge.

Luchi, whose second child is due at the end of the month, said: “I have always worked in restaurants and wine bars but I thought ‘why not run a pub’.

“When I came here the punters were mostly blokes but now it’s everyone’s pub. We get groups of girls and families. Some people come in as a family and watch a football game.

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Landlord Luchi da Silva with Terry Stanton

“It’s just a nice place to come as a family without having to worry about something kicking off in the corner.

“We have a good crowd of regulars here so the atmosphere just feels nice.

“I want it to be a pub for everyone, not just a selective few people.”

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As well as a family atmosphere, food and sport are an important part of what The Malvern offers.

Punters often visit to watch live sports on TV. The Malvern also hosts regular live music events, along with karaoke nights.

Food is served until 9pm Thursdays to Mondays and until 9.30pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

One of the most popular meals is the chef’s weekly homemade Sunday roast, while those on a budget can get a six ounce burger and a pint of Carlsberg for £6.49.

They are currently hosting a pie and ale festival, with a range of six cask ales and five pies to try until the beginning of May.

A drink at The Malvern won’t break the bank. Customers can get a pint of Carlsberg or John Smiths for £3.05.