Chris Evans could become partner in former Tollhouse Inn in Lymington

Bournemouth Echo: Chris Evans could become partner in New Forest pub Chris Evans could become partner in New Forest pub

CELEBRITY Chris Evans could become a partner in a New Forest pub that closed down after an arson attack.

The Tollhouse Inn in Lymington has undergone a massive revamp after suffering £100,000 damage in a blaze started by the landlord and his wife.

It is set to re-open today as The Haven Bar at the Monkey House having been taken over by Rob Smith, who also owns the The Haven Bar and Bistro at Lymington Yacht Haven.

Mr Smith, who painted a Lymington post box gold to honour the town’s Olympic sailing hero Sir Ben Ainslie, is a friend of the former TFI Friday star who is currently a presenter on Radio 2 and of the BC’s The One Show.

Multi-millionaire Mr Evans already owns a pub in Surrey.

Dean Thomas, 42, and his wife Melynda, 36, were jailed for six ad three years respectively for setting fire to The Tollhouse Inn by spreading petrol around the bar area and igniting it.

Southampton Crown Court heard how they started the blaze because of mounting debts while Melynda’s teenage daughter and her boyfriend and a pub worker were asleep upstairs.

Both were found guilty of arson being reckless as to endanger life by a jury after denying the charge.

Dean Thomas was also given a 12-month prison sentence for perverting the course of justice to run concurrent to his six-year sentence after the couple tried to pin the blame on his brother-in-law.

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11:18am Fri 10 Jan 14

jeebuscripes says...

This is complete speculation. I love how you made a story out of this.

No quotes from the new owner.

No quotes from Chris Evans.
This is complete speculation. I love how you made a story out of this. No quotes from the new owner. No quotes from Chris Evans. jeebuscripes
  • Score: 20

1:10pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Pablo23 says...

jeebuscripes wrote:
This is complete speculation. I love how you made a story out of this.

No quotes from the new owner.

No quotes from Chris Evans.
Yeah, but what if it is true !!

Just imagine !!!
[quote][p][bold]jeebuscripes[/bold] wrote: This is complete speculation. I love how you made a story out of this. No quotes from the new owner. No quotes from Chris Evans.[/p][/quote]Yeah, but what if it is true !! Just imagine !!! Pablo23
  • Score: -9

2:32pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Mike R-B says...

Pablo23 wrote:
jeebuscripes wrote:
This is complete speculation. I love how you made a story out of this.

No quotes from the new owner.

No quotes from Chris Evans.
Yeah, but what if it is true !!

Just imagine !!!
I hear Terry Wogan is to take over The Lord Nelson and Steve Wright The Blue Boar in Poole, to replace the excellent DJ'ing Jim Kellaway used to provide.
[quote][p][bold]Pablo23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jeebuscripes[/bold] wrote: This is complete speculation. I love how you made a story out of this. No quotes from the new owner. No quotes from Chris Evans.[/p][/quote]Yeah, but what if it is true !! Just imagine !!![/p][/quote]I hear Terry Wogan is to take over The Lord Nelson and Steve Wright The Blue Boar in Poole, to replace the excellent DJ'ing Jim Kellaway used to provide. Mike R-B
  • Score: 6

3:18pm Fri 10 Jan 14

mikeymagic says...

The story is a little thin on evidence or fact.
The story is a little thin on evidence or fact. mikeymagic
  • Score: 10

3:31pm Fri 10 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

He's not going to buy an estate agents as well is he?


LOL
He's not going to buy an estate agents as well is he? LOL BIGTONE
  • Score: 16

9:45pm Fri 10 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

Rich prat.
Rich prat. pete woodley
  • Score: -10

10:24pm Fri 10 Jan 14

O'Reilly says...

Pablo23 wrote:
jeebuscripes wrote:
This is complete speculation. I love how you made a story out of this.

No quotes from the new owner.

No quotes from Chris Evans.
Yeah, but what if it is true !!

Just imagine !!!
Probably knock six bells out of the Wetherspoons .
[quote][p][bold]Pablo23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jeebuscripes[/bold] wrote: This is complete speculation. I love how you made a story out of this. No quotes from the new owner. No quotes from Chris Evans.[/p][/quote]Yeah, but what if it is true !! Just imagine !!![/p][/quote]Probably knock six bells out of the Wetherspoons . O'Reilly
  • Score: -2

11:15am Sat 11 Jan 14

Frank28 says...

Rob Smith always wants to maximise his publicity by name-dropping! Does Chris Evans know about the Haven Bar being caught selling alcohol to minors recently? The Tollhouse/Monkey House pub has never been a busy place, or a profitable business. Tripadvisor makes interesting reading too!
Rob Smith always wants to maximise his publicity by name-dropping! Does Chris Evans know about the Haven Bar being caught selling alcohol to minors recently? The Tollhouse/Monkey House pub has never been a busy place, or a profitable business. Tripadvisor makes interesting reading too! Frank28
  • Score: 5

4:57pm Sat 11 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

Frank28 wrote:
Rob Smith always wants to maximise his publicity by name-dropping! Does Chris Evans know about the Haven Bar being caught selling alcohol to minors recently? The Tollhouse/Monkey House pub has never been a busy place, or a profitable business. Tripadvisor makes interesting reading too!
Time he painted another postbox,what a poser.
[quote][p][bold]Frank28[/bold] wrote: Rob Smith always wants to maximise his publicity by name-dropping! Does Chris Evans know about the Haven Bar being caught selling alcohol to minors recently? The Tollhouse/Monkey House pub has never been a busy place, or a profitable business. Tripadvisor makes interesting reading too![/p][/quote]Time he painted another postbox,what a poser. pete woodley
  • Score: 4

11:18am Sun 12 Jan 14

grazzer says...

l have read this story carefully and can see no evidence whatsoever that Chris Evans has any involvement or,indeed is likely to have
l have read this story carefully and can see no evidence whatsoever that Chris Evans has any involvement or,indeed is likely to have grazzer
  • Score: 4

5:27pm Sun 12 Jan 14

tim m says...

pete woodley wrote:
Rich prat.
Good luck to him, if it's true, which it probably isn't.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Rich prat.[/p][/quote]Good luck to him, if it's true, which it probably isn't. tim m
  • Score: -1

11:13am Mon 13 Jan 14

UrbanCrab says...

I remember Chris Evans from TFI Friday, he is one of the reasons I gave away my TV set and stopped listening to the radio. Glad he is in Lymington not here in Bournemouth. 😂☺
I remember Chris Evans from TFI Friday, he is one of the reasons I gave away my TV set and stopped listening to the radio. Glad he is in Lymington not here in Bournemouth. 😂☺ UrbanCrab
  • Score: 1

11:33am Mon 13 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

Frank28 wrote:
Rob Smith always wants to maximise his publicity by name-dropping! Does Chris Evans know about the Haven Bar being caught selling alcohol to minors recently? The Tollhouse/Monkey House pub has never been a busy place, or a profitable business. Tripadvisor makes interesting reading too!
Is this true,why wasnt it publicised,like it was when the idiot painted the post box
[quote][p][bold]Frank28[/bold] wrote: Rob Smith always wants to maximise his publicity by name-dropping! Does Chris Evans know about the Haven Bar being caught selling alcohol to minors recently? The Tollhouse/Monkey House pub has never been a busy place, or a profitable business. Tripadvisor makes interesting reading too![/p][/quote]Is this true,why wasnt it publicised,like it was when the idiot painted the post box pete woodley
  • Score: 0

6:52pm Mon 13 Jan 14

blackdog1 says...

Well that's one reason not to go there if Evans is involved in it!
Well that's one reason not to go there if Evans is involved in it! blackdog1
  • Score: 1

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