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Ric, our much loved and respected colleague.

As many of you already know we lost a much loved and respected member of staff on the 22nd December, in his honour a just giving page has been set up to help support his family financially during this time.

Ric worked nights and his wife worked days so they could support their family and share childcare, his family meant everything to him so we wanted to share this more widely to make sure we would help to support them through this hard period.

Click here to go to the just giving site

 

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Check out our mussels

One of the most popular starter on our menu is currently the steamed Exmouth mussels. The mussels are ordered in fresh every day. They are served in a smoked bacon and white wine creamy broth with slices of garlic and parmesan ciabatta on the side. It can either be ordered in a small or a large portion, depending on whether you want to have it for a starter or a main. The Exmouth mussels are extremely high quality. Chef Steve Gilbert said: “These are some of the best mussels I have ever worked with, they have excellent flavour.” If you are a seafood fan, make sure you come and check these out soon.

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A Tribute to Ric Oldham - Our much loved colleague

Ric Oldham, a member of staff at the Watership, died on December 22 after a motorcycle crash on his way to work. He had been a much loved and respected part of our team for a just under a year.

Colleagues and customers alike enjoyed his humour and his knowledge gained from many years working as a barman in different pubs around the country. He was great fun to work alongside, and had a wealth of funny stories from his various jobs – including working “on the bins” – or his time at university. His two great interests were music and motorbikes, and he would happily talk to anyone about his passions.

Ric, was a tremendously committed member of staff, who always turned up half an hour before his shift to start setting up and to make sure everything was ready for when the evening service began. He once walked all the way from his house in Andover in the snow because he didn’t want to ride his motorbike in the conditions – a remarkable act of dedication and a perfect demonstration of why he was so respected by his colleagues.

Ric worked in the evenings so that he could look after his 19-month-old daughter during the day. When his wife Katie got home at 5pm, Ric would leave for work. He was particularly looking forward to spending this Christmas with his daughter where she would be aware of what was going on.

His tragic loss has devastated his family. They have decided to hold the wake following his funeral at the Watership on January 10, and have invited all who wish to celebrate his life to come along. We have a collection pot for his wife and daughter in the pub, so please contribute what you can.

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TURKEY TO A T

We all have Christmas stories related to a disappointing turkey: either it was too dry, or lacked flavour. It can leave us wondering why we bother to keep up the tradition every year. But at the Watership, you won’t be let down. Our roast turkey is wrapped in bacon before being put into the oven. This helps to keep the juices inside the Turkey, and adds flavour. Try this delicious turkey with our homemade brandy and sage sauce, and you’re in for a treat. Book a table before 23rd December to make sure you don’t miss out.

 

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SOMETHING’S BREWING

At the Watership we offer a selection of five local ales, all of which are brewed within a 30-mile radius of the pub.  This means that we offer customers who come from further afield something that they are unlikely to find in their local pubs. The most popular ale at the Watership without doubt is Scratch, which is brewed by Red Cat brewery in Winchester. It is an amber ale which has an alcohol percentage of 4. It is described as “Clean, refreshingly bitter and easy drinking” by the brewery, something that some of our regulars have found out to their cost.  Be sure to come in and sample our beers..

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OUR TAKE ON A CLASSIC

Fish and chips is a classic British dish that in recent years has become a regular on pub menus up and down the country. At the Watership it is one of the most popular things on our menu and something that we are often complimented on.  The haddock fillets, which come from the North Atlantic, are ordered in fresh every day which means that the fish has an excellent flavour. It is coated with our homemade beer batter which is prepared every day by the chefs. To make the batter they use one of our selection of local ales – this makes it crispy and flavoursome.  It is then served with our homemade pea purée and our twice-cooked chips to complete the Watership’s take on this classic British dish. Be sure to come in and give this a try soon: we promise you won’t be disappointed.

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