This traditional 18th century English pub with cosy bar, low beamed ceilings, log fires in winter and walled garden to enjoy in summer is finally open again, under brand new management and following major renovation.
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With a focus on seasonal and local produce, the team at the Gun Inn has begun welcoming customers into the pub’s large garden with much of the menu prepared in an outside kitchen featuring a three-metre grill.
The Grade II listed pub was acquired in late 2020 by local resident Chris Cecil-Wright, who runs an established superyacht brokerage based in London. It will be managed by business partners Peter Troup and Jim Gedge, who also run the Bosun’s Chair in Lymington and The Grapes in Southampton.
The intention is that the Gun will remain as it always has been very much a centre of the community as a village pub.
Initially the garden area will feature a large covered tent which can accommodate up to 60 people with a further 60 seats available outside.
The kitchen team is led by excellent head chef Mark Young, formerly at the helm of the Bell Inn at Bramshaw who says: “I already have good relationships with lots of local producers and I hope to build lots more. The menu will be regularly evolved to feature the freshest local food, and almost everything on the menu will be cooked on the outside grill. We will be catering for a broad cross-section of customers and we want to make sure no one is alienated, so our menu will be accessible to walkers and cyclists who just want a quick bite to eat and those who want spend a bit more for a substantial meal.”
Sample dishes include Needles mackerel, whole Hursley lamb shoulder, Lymington crab and New Forest wild mushrooms.
In the longer term a more significant refurbishment project is planned to create a larger indoor dinner area to the rear of the pub.
Peter said: “We are anxious to make sure everyone is happy with how we develop the pub in the long term so we have already engaged a conservation consultant and we will be working with local people to come up with a sympathetic design which preserves the character and ethos of the pub and reflects the local area.”
It is anticipated that when full up and running the pub will also employ 10-15 local staff. To find out more visit www.theguninn.co.uk
Announcement - 15 April 2021
Well it took a little longer than we had hoped, but we are now open. The Public bar is finished, new beer lines and delivery technology installed, kitchen expanded, Ox Grill in place and The Landlord Pete, Jim and the rest of their service team are enjoying getting to grips with their systems.
Head Chef Mark and his team have been in their new kitchen for over a week now, preparing relishes, practising their dishes and have even found time to bake dog biscuits for our four legged friends!
Their first human service will be lunchtime on Friday with a menu drawn from the best local ingredients. I think it looks delicious but do have browse of our website for more details.
Open from 12.00 until last orders daily
For the time being we will be open every day from 1200hrs until last orders but very soon we hope to be offering a morning coffee and snacks menu.
We’re serving a selection of real ale, larger, ciders, spirits and even some delicious zero alcohol offerings such as Lucky Saint. Do ask Pete for details. Kitty’s wine list looks equally enticing but again, if your favourite is missing, do let us know.
It’s been wonderful to meet so many of you already but if you haven’t dropped in yet, we really look forward to seeing you soon.
The Gun Inn Team