June 2015 – Local Pub to Have its Cake and Eat it

The Golden Bowler, in Stubbington, is opening its doors early for tea and cake

Local public house, the Golden Bowler, is adding not only cake and scones to its morning menu, but it’s opening its doors an hour earlier than before to attract the mid-morning coffee drinkers and breakfast trade.

Whilst many pubs around the Country are closing and turning into supermarkets or blocks of flats, the owners at the Golden Bowler are busy bringing in new customers and are now opening their doors an hour earlier every day to offer the residents of Stubbington a relaxing environment for breakfast. “We are able to offer a warm and comfortable place to enjoy coffee & croissants or tea and cake or even a good old traditional fry up. We have plenty of parking, good access for wheelchairs, free Wi-Fi and as the weather improves our garden makes a pretty spot to enjoy a cream tea” says pub landlady Georgie Cross.

Her husband Kevin, who maintains the buildings and gardens as well as running the pub with Georgie and their team of staff was a little skeptical at first, with so many tea shops opening locally. “We’re more than just a pub though, we’re a Hub for the local community, a place where friends and families can get together and enjoy each other’s company and they can do that earlier in the day now, with a Cappuccino and a slice of cake.” As well as serving breakfast and cakes, the couple has recently introduced a free Book Swap and Newspaper Stand to encourage their customers to relax and stay a little longer and of course there’s all the usual lovely pub grub and wide selection of drinks and real ales that the pub is well known for.

One of the last true free houses in the area, the Golden Bowler is located on the main road between Stubbington and Lee-on-the-Solent and attracts customers from both near and far. The pub plays host to a number of local charities and social groups and Georgie & Kevin encourage staff and customers to raise money for the Guide Dogs with their weekly Sunday raffle. There’s a fortnightly pub quiz, live acoustic music once a month and the ever popular Friday night meat raffle.