IT'S the Winchester pub that doesn't have any TVs, fruit machines, or background music – and it doesn't sell shots.

Yet, The Albion in Stockbridge Road pulls in hundreds of commuters and has a strong base of regulars.

Manager Simon Burrell, who has been managing the watering hole for four and a half years, describes it as a "real traditional boozer".

The 61-year-old said: "We get a good mix of people in here. Obviously, where we are positioned is a good starting point, being the closest pub to the train station.

"The commuters enjoy it in here, it's a good place for people to meet before going further in the town to do whatever it is they're going to do, and we get a few regulars in, too.

"I think people enjoy that traditional atmosphere; having a conversation without too much going on around."

The Albion is owned by Flower Pots Brewery based in Cheriton.

It does not sell any hot food, but guests are welcome to bring their own meals from other local shops.

Behind the bar, punters can get their hands on some of the more traditional bar snacks, including pork pies and sausage rolls.

Popular drinks include Flower Pots' own ales, German import lagers, and Guinness.

Simon added: "When I first took on the pub, it was a bit of strain. But I thought I would give it a year, and very soon it became more and more of a success.

"I'd always wanted to run a pub, and after 40 years in the printing business, I thought I'd have a change.

"I think we need to keep doing what we're doing, keep selling what we sell, and keep the pub just the way people like it."

Snoop, the pub dog, when he's not asleep in the corner, walks around the building and keeps an eye on the bar.

Simon says that some people visit the pub just to see Snoop.

Punters are also welcome to bring their own dogs.