Broadcaster Chris Evans to become business partner in The Haven at Lymington

DJ Chris Evans strikes restaurant deal in New Forest

DJ Chris Evans strikes restaurant deal in New Forest

First published in News

ONE of Britain’s best-known broadcasters has spoken of his excitement after revealing that he is going to help run a New Forest eatery.

Award-winning DJ Chris Evans is set to become the new face of The Haven, which is about to reopen after a major refurbishment costing tens of thousands of pounds.

Chris, 48, has agreed to go into partnership with Hampshire businessman Rob Smith, who has known him for several years.

Billed as the only seafront restaurant in Lymington, The Haven is part of a huge marina complex and provides stunning views of the Solent.

Rumours Earlier this year Lymington was rife with rumours that Chris would help run The Haven @ the Monkee House, formerly the Tollhouse Inn, where Rob has been based since The Haven closed for refurbishment.

But the Daily Echo can today confirm that he has agreed to become involved in The Haven itself following a deal clinched over the weekend.

Chris, of Ascot, Berkshire, is expected to be present when the new-look bar and restaurant reopens at Easter.

Rob said: “He used to have a boat at Lymington, which is how we met.

“I asked him to come down and have a look and he said he’d love to be involved – he’s as excited about it as I am.

“Apart from loving food, wine and hospitality he also likes Lymington and the New Forest.”

The former TFI Friday star is currently a presenter on Radio 2 and co-hosts The One Show on BBC TV. He already owns three pubs in Surrey, Monmouthshire and West Sussex.

Asked how much time Chris was likely to spend at The Haven Rob added: “He’s a busy boy.

“But I’m positive that if I ask him to come down and pull a pint he will – he’s that sort of person.

“He’s still got his radio show and his other pubs but the door is open to him 24/7.”

Confirming his new business venture Chris tweeted: “Absolutely delighted to be involved with Rob Smith and his family in The (new) Haven bar and restaurant in Lymington. Very excited indeed.”

Rob is one of Lymington’s best-known figures.

In 2012 he painted a postbox gold in honour of Olympic sailor Sir Ben Ainslie after the Royal Mail refused to do it themselves.

Rob was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage but no further action was taken against him.

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8:44am Mon 7 Apr 14

trolley says...

Watch out for overpriced food eaten by pretentious moneygrabbers
Watch out for overpriced food eaten by pretentious moneygrabbers trolley
  • Score: -6

9:18am Mon 7 Apr 14

nickynoodah says...

He could sell Ginger Bread
but would he get anyone tomboy it .
He could sell Ginger Bread but would he get anyone tomboy it . nickynoodah
  • Score: -9

9:47am Mon 7 Apr 14

BarrHumbug says...

trolley wrote:
Watch out for overpriced food eaten by pretentious moneygrabbers
Did you used to eat there a lot then?
[quote][p][bold]trolley[/bold] wrote: Watch out for overpriced food eaten by pretentious moneygrabbers[/p][/quote]Did you used to eat there a lot then? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 5

10:19am Mon 7 Apr 14

bbird says...

trolley wrote:
Watch out for overpriced food eaten by pretentious moneygrabbers
Well yes and no. I welcome an even half decent restaurant round here. Nowhere of note in Bournemouth (OK that's my personal opinion). I'm better off eating good fresh inspired healthy food at home. Tend to drive to New Forest or Lymington for food out. Yes, prepared to pay 'moneygrabbing' prices for good food, with good service, comfortable surroundings and above all 5* hygiene! That costs (unfortunately). It is a pity these places can be pretentious ... Nothing better than a 'real 'Italian trattoria' with regional food like mamma makes, but these don't exist outside Italy.

Bournemouth should offer something for everyone. We have plenty of chains, burger joints, half hearted attempts at 'continental' cuisine. We don't have what I consider to be any good restaurants (with an inspired vegetarian choice ... forget the ubiquitous Portobello mushroom, pasta/risotto or fan of melon rubbish).

Good luck Chris Evans in your venture ... Will keep an eye out for the opening date!
[quote][p][bold]trolley[/bold] wrote: Watch out for overpriced food eaten by pretentious moneygrabbers[/p][/quote]Well yes and no. I welcome an even half decent restaurant round here. Nowhere of note in Bournemouth (OK that's my personal opinion). I'm better off eating good fresh inspired healthy food at home. Tend to drive to New Forest or Lymington for food out. Yes, prepared to pay 'moneygrabbing' prices for good food, with good service, comfortable surroundings and above all 5* hygiene! That costs (unfortunately). It is a pity these places can be pretentious ... Nothing better than a 'real 'Italian trattoria' with regional food like mamma makes, but these don't exist outside Italy. Bournemouth should offer something for everyone. We have plenty of chains, burger joints, half hearted attempts at 'continental' cuisine. We don't have what I consider to be any good restaurants (with an inspired vegetarian choice ... forget the ubiquitous Portobello mushroom, pasta/risotto or fan of melon rubbish). Good luck Chris Evans in your venture ... Will keep an eye out for the opening date! bbird
  • Score: 13

10:43am Mon 7 Apr 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

I can't decide who I detest the most, Chris Evans or Stephen Fry. I've been mulling it over for 2 hours now and am still no nearer to a conclusion.
I can't decide who I detest the most, Chris Evans or Stephen Fry. I've been mulling it over for 2 hours now and am still no nearer to a conclusion. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -17

11:15am Mon 7 Apr 14

BmthNewshound says...

trolley wrote:
Watch out for overpriced food eaten by pretentious moneygrabbers
Don't you mean pretentious moneygrabbers serving the food rather than eating it ?
.
Tend to agree with "bbird". Whilst there are plenty of chain restaurants and handful of pretentious overpriced restaurants serving second rate food I struggle to think of a decent restaurant in Bournemouth.
[quote][p][bold]trolley[/bold] wrote: Watch out for overpriced food eaten by pretentious moneygrabbers[/p][/quote]Don't you mean pretentious moneygrabbers serving the food rather than eating it ? . Tend to agree with "bbird". Whilst there are plenty of chain restaurants and handful of pretentious overpriced restaurants serving second rate food I struggle to think of a decent restaurant in Bournemouth. BmthNewshound
  • Score: -3

12:46pm Mon 7 Apr 14

nickynoodah says...

I am looking forward to the opening of this pretentious money grabbing restaurant. Just like Dermot O’Leary’s Fishy Fishy fish and chip shop on Poole Quay. The plaice was empty most of the time due to inflated prices, just like the puffa fish, blown up out of all proportion. Far too expensive for crabbers, bait diggers and minimum wage Sunseeker workers. It only lasted a couple of years before it closed down
I am looking forward to the opening of this pretentious money grabbing restaurant. Just like Dermot O’Leary’s Fishy Fishy fish and chip shop on Poole Quay. The plaice was empty most of the time due to inflated prices, just like the puffa fish, blown up out of all proportion. Far too expensive for crabbers, bait diggers and minimum wage Sunseeker workers. It only lasted a couple of years before it closed down nickynoodah
  • Score: 1

12:51pm Mon 7 Apr 14

nickynoodah says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
I can't decide who I detest the most, Chris Evans or Stephen Fry. I've been mulling it over for 2 hours now and am still no nearer to a conclusion.
Stephen Fry
great name for a fish n chip shop
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: I can't decide who I detest the most, Chris Evans or Stephen Fry. I've been mulling it over for 2 hours now and am still no nearer to a conclusion.[/p][/quote]Stephen Fry great name for a fish n chip shop nickynoodah
  • Score: 8

1:09pm Mon 7 Apr 14

KitKatPuss says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
I can't decide who I detest the most, Chris Evans or Stephen Fry. I've been mulling it over for 2 hours now and am still no nearer to a conclusion.
I don't think Chris or Stephen will lose much sleep over your conclusion when you reach it.....

Good luck Chris Evans :)
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: I can't decide who I detest the most, Chris Evans or Stephen Fry. I've been mulling it over for 2 hours now and am still no nearer to a conclusion.[/p][/quote]I don't think Chris or Stephen will lose much sleep over your conclusion when you reach it..... Good luck Chris Evans :) KitKatPuss
  • Score: 14

3:31pm Mon 7 Apr 14

camvalley says...

Well done Chris ,we know you like the area ,bring some spending money with you
Well done Chris ,we know you like the area ,bring some spending money with you camvalley
  • Score: 5

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