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New tenants bring South African flavour to revamped Hampshire pub

The Three Horseshoes in East Worldham has new Tenants – Mark and Alison Evans, who arrived from South Africa with a dream to run a traditional English Pub.

The pub is already known for its great home-cooked food, relaxed atmosphere and fantastic range of cask ales, and the pair are planning to build on that success and are looking forward to welcoming the community with a warm smile and hearty dose of South African charm.

It was a year ago that the couple and their son Christopher (pictured) decided to pack up their belongings in their native Cape Town to pursue their shared dream of running a quintessential country pub.

With a background in marketing and a passion for cooking and recipe development, Alison was always drawn to the idea of hospitality. Mark, with a background in butchery but family history of running pubs, felt that they’d prove the magic combination with a pub of their own and a place that gels with the things they love to do.

Bringing their love of food to the new role, the couple plan to work towards making The Three Horseshoes a destination dining venue where people can enjoy good food, really well done, at a fair price.

Alison said, “It’s been a pipe dream of ours for years, to run a fantastic English pub with a crackling log fire and a walled garden – and I can’t believe that we are actually doing it. It really is a dream come true.

“While we are all about the food, Mark and I also want to play a big part in the local community – we plan to make The Three Horseshoes the hub of our neighbourhood, hosting parish council meetings, school PTAs, sewing meets and darts clubs.

“Our menu will feature a delicious combination of comforting classics and more contemporary creations. We are truly inspired by the incredible array of exceptional British produce available, especially in our neck of the woods, which is why our Seasonal and Specials boards will change regularly to take advantage of the deliciousness available.

“We’re lucky to have our amazing head chef Dean Wandsworth, on board too, who brings his passion for traditional techniques to the pub and completes our team perfectly. And in tribute to our own personal journey, we will be offering some amazing South African wines alongside great British dishes.

“It goes without saying that, coming from a long line of butchers means that meat will definitely play a starring role on our menu and this extends to Sundays, where a traditional, substantial carvery will be the main highlight. But that doesn’t mean we won’t have space at our table for vegans and vegetarians – both will be well-catered for with delicious dishes to suit all tastes.”

As well as having new Tenants, The Three Horseshoes has also had a tasteful makeover – with a new signage scheme and a total refurbishment of the interior and exterior of the pub.