THEY’VE served generations of drinkers over the years and they are still going strong.

Mike and Lynne Sinker, from Romsey, have been landlord and landlady of the Bakers Arms since 1973, and in that time the city has gone through many changes – but not this pub.

While others have become gastro pubs, wine bars, coffee shops or chains, this one has stuck with what it knows best.

Mike, 74, told the Echo: “It’s a traditional pub and that’s how we want to keep it. I feel our pub stands out in Winchester because of this. There are not that many pubs that are run under a traditional format now.

“I know generations of customers that come here, I know their mums and dads and even their grandads.”

Mike came to Winchester in 1973 from London to take on the pub. During his time, what was originally two bars has been turned into one, and a Victorian-style canopy was added to the front 25 years ago.

The pub has a beautiful, wisteria-covered terrace at the front.

Landlord Mike said: “Our outdoor space is a big draw to our pub in the summer. Our food is traditional pub grub; I like to think of it as good quality and well prepared.”

The pub serves food from 10am to 3pm and dishes range from an all-day English breakfast, ploughman’s, burgers, jacket potatoes, lasagne, cod and chips and the signature dish: home cooked ham with egg, beans, chips and salad. Sandwiches and paninis are also on offer.

Barmaid Tammy Petch said: “I like the atmosphere here. The customers and staff are like an extended family. It’s a real community here.”

Gary Daniel, the bar manager who has worked at the pub for 28 years, said: “It’s a proper traditional pub, no frills, just good beer and good pub food.”

A pub darts team plays at The bakers Arms every Monday night, there is regular live music and every Saturday at 5pm there is a ‘meat draw’.