A PUB IN TOTTON has reopened its doors with a new look and a new owner.

The Anchor Inn on Eling Lane re- opened to the public on September 15 under new management.

Kirsty Williams who is the new landlady of the pub took over from the previous owners Chris and Laura Katon who had run the public house for three years.

Kirsty closed the pub for revamp before she officially reopened it.

It has been painted internally and externally, there are new paintings and pieces of furniture, and Kirsty has also added in a gin bar that has a wide selection of flavoured gins on offer.

One of the locals Ken Jones said: "I think the new look is great, it's given it a cleaner and brighter look and it makes the place feel open and spacious."

"I come in here with my dog as it is a good place to socialise and it is a lovely setting, when the tide comes in it can feel like you are abroad on holiday.

"I really love the atmosphere here."

Kirsty also manages The Elephant and Castle in Totton.

When asked why she decided to take on The Anchor Inn she said: "I think this pub has real potential, especially with the restaurant.

"That is why the food here is going to be my main focus.

"I also wanted to take it on because it is in such a great location."

Kirsty's parents have also managed pubs across Hampshire including the Saxon Inn in Calmore, and The Peg and Parrott in Totton.

Michelle Lambelle, who has worked at the pub for the past three years told the Echo that she 'loved' the new look and described it as a 'family friendly pub with a welcoming atmosphere.'

She said: "Kirsty has also introduced a new tapas menu so that people can have a snack when they get a drink.

"It is only £12 for three dishes, so it is really good value for money."

The public house held an official re-opening evening on September 14.

It was an invitation only event for local business owners, MP's, as well as family and friends.

Michelle said: "Loads of people came, it was packed in here."