IT IS the community-focused pub putting its locals first.

That is the aim of June and Steve Robinson of The Chamberlayne Arms on High Street, Eastleigh.

Set in the heart of Eastleigh, the pub has a strong community surrounding it, and a wealth of committed regulars.

The couple have been running the pub since May 2016 and said that it is the community that have made the changes.

Steve said: “It’s important to us to support our community. It’s the locals who make this place what is is, it’s a real locals pub. We build our business around the locals. It’s loud and noisy and there’s a good atmosphere. We also have a really great team here – a small team but a good team.”

One way Steve helps support the local community is through fundraising for charity, including events in the summer for Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity.

The pub recently hosted an ‘At The Races’ themed night in support of a regular who had recently been diagnosed with throat cancer.

Steve added that it was “important to support him and his wife through such a difficult time”.

The Chamberlayne Arms also hosts live music and karaoke as well as steak nights on a Wednesday and curry nights on a Thursday.

Steve said that despite their specials nights, roast dinners proved to be a firm favourite with customers.

The pub is dog-friendly, and the couple are even planning on hosting a dog function to raise money for a pet charity in the summer.

The Eastleigh landlord said: “I think it’s really important to be dog-friendly.

As long as they are well behaved and kept on their leads I don’t have a problem with it at all.”

The venue shows Sky Sports and BT Sports throughout the week, and in the summer the pub garden is often busy.