Popular pub near Midhurst to reopen this weekend

A pub near Midhurst which closed its doors due to the pandemic is preparing to reopen under new management this weekend.

Thursday, 10th December 2020, 2:13 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th December 2020, 2:14 pm
Rosemary Carter and new chef Stewart Warren

As with many pubs across the country, the Elsted Inn in Elsted Road suffered through strict measures put in place to try to stem the spread of the virus but good news came over the horizon in the shape of well-known local figure Rosemarie Carter.

She has taken over the pub and after a much-needed makeover the popular venue will once again be welcoming drinkers and diners on Saturday (December 12).

The family-friendly and dog-friendly pub has been closed for a few months but Rosemarie says there was no way she was going to let the inn stand empty.

Rosemarie, who also owns the Half Moon Inn in nearby Midhurst, has moved swiftly to recruit top chef Stewart Warren to ensure diners are well looked after when they choose to have a bite to eat on their visit.

She said: "I thought it was a crying shame that the pub closed recently and made strenuous efforts to be able to bring it back to life and to try to be, once again, at the heart of the community, she said.

"Stewart is a wonderful chef and I was really keen to attract him to the pub and am delighted has been able to join us. He has put together a very appealing menu that really does cater for everyone.

"Christmas is closing in and we are delighted to be open ahead of the festivities and can assure those who come to enjoy themselves that we offer a very warm welcome and want to create a positive experience with a nice vibe.

"I know full well that community spirit is vital in these trying times and so I am especially pleased to be able to contribute to this. Yes, of course, we hope to attract visitors from out of the area who are enjoying the beautiful South Downs National Park nearby as well."

The Elsted Inn will continue to offer accommodation to visitors, too.

Rosemarie added: "We've had great fun transforming the bedrooms with bright and vibrant yet tasteful decor to offer a comfortable experience for those wishing to stay with us.”