Smithy's seafront pub is up and running again

Southend Standard: Cheers! Landlady Tracey and landlord Chris White Cheers! Landlady Tracey and landlord Chris White

A SEAFRONT pub has reopened under newmanagement.

Smithy’s has reopened after being taken over by a group of investors and refurbished.

Former landlord John Woodhouse, who was a popular figure in Southend and also ran the Foresters Arms, sadly died last October, but his business partner Sharon Davies continued to run the pub.

The pub is now being managed by Tracey and Chris White, a couple from Shoebury, who want to maintain a family feel to the venue.

Mrs White said: “It’s been going well so far, we’ve had locals coming back and they are quite liking what we are doing.

“We had no advertising before we opened but we wanted to be ready for the Easter bank holiday.

“We repainted and it smells a bit sweeter now, but we want to keep it as a traditional, family-friendly pub.

“I put roast potatoes out on the bar last Sunday and people seemed to like those.”

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9:18am Wed 30 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

Roast potatoes on a Sunday. Classic.

Good luck to the new management
Roast potatoes on a Sunday. Classic. Good luck to the new management Howard Cháse
  • Score: 15

9:46am Wed 30 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Was Smiffys ever a Family Pub..? But everyone seemed to like the free potatoes anyway, wonder how the new Michelin class restaurant will fair when it opens at the Old Tiffin place at the Kursaal?
Was Smiffys ever a Family Pub..? But everyone seemed to like the free potatoes anyway, wonder how the new Michelin class restaurant will fair when it opens at the Old Tiffin place at the Kursaal? DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 6

4:41pm Wed 30 Apr 14

sesibollox says...

How long before the Prossies and dealers return ?
How long before the Prossies and dealers return ? sesibollox
  • Score: 5

6:58pm Wed 30 Apr 14

the25man says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Was Smiffys ever a Family Pub..? But everyone seemed to like the free potatoes anyway, wonder how the new Michelin class restaurant will fair when it opens at the Old Tiffin place at the Kursaal?
Well of course you can't have been in there so how would you know if it was a family pub.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: Was Smiffys ever a Family Pub..? But everyone seemed to like the free potatoes anyway, wonder how the new Michelin class restaurant will fair when it opens at the Old Tiffin place at the Kursaal?[/p][/quote]Well of course you can't have been in there so how would you know if it was a family pub. the25man
  • Score: 0

6:59pm Wed 30 Apr 14

SouthendWanderer says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Roast potatoes on a Sunday. Classic.

Good luck to the new management
Brings back memories of the hot roasties and other free snacks the old Dickens Inn (now O'Neills) used to provide.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Roast potatoes on a Sunday. Classic. Good luck to the new management[/p][/quote]Brings back memories of the hot roasties and other free snacks the old Dickens Inn (now O'Neills) used to provide. SouthendWanderer
  • Score: 2

7:05pm Wed 30 Apr 14

the25man says...

sesibollox wrote:
How long before the Prossies and dealers return ?
Sometime never. They are not welcome and anybody trying to ply there business will quickly find out it's a family pub.
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: How long before the Prossies and dealers return ?[/p][/quote]Sometime never. They are not welcome and anybody trying to ply there business will quickly find out it's a family pub. the25man
  • Score: 2

9:07pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Kursaal76 says...

could have at least painted it a nice colour. looks like undercoat
could have at least painted it a nice colour. looks like undercoat Kursaal76
  • Score: 5

9:46pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

SouthendWanderer wrote:
Howard Cháse wrote:
Roast potatoes on a Sunday. Classic.

Good luck to the new management
Brings back memories of the hot roasties and other free snacks the old Dickens Inn (now O'Neills) used to provide.
I also have fond memories of roast pots on Sunday lunchtime at The Paul Pry in Rayleigh circa 1980s. What a wonderful time those were
[quote][p][bold]SouthendWanderer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Roast potatoes on a Sunday. Classic. Good luck to the new management[/p][/quote]Brings back memories of the hot roasties and other free snacks the old Dickens Inn (now O'Neills) used to provide.[/p][/quote]I also have fond memories of roast pots on Sunday lunchtime at The Paul Pry in Rayleigh circa 1980s. What a wonderful time those were Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 2

9:29am Thu 1 May 14

LoopyLou88 says...

knock it down turn it into a youth center or something like that it looks like an ugly pub.
knock it down turn it into a youth center or something like that it looks like an ugly pub. LoopyLou88
  • Score: -7

12:31pm Thu 1 May 14

ccd says...

Wss run by Sharon, now it's Tracey. This stuff writes itself.
Wss run by Sharon, now it's Tracey. This stuff writes itself. ccd
  • Score: 0

5:40pm Thu 1 May 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

Kursaal76 wrote:
could have at least painted it a nice colour. looks like undercoat
She could of 'painted' her hair a different colour too.
[quote][p][bold]Kursaal76[/bold] wrote: could have at least painted it a nice colour. looks like undercoat[/p][/quote]She could of 'painted' her hair a different colour too. Adrenaline_Junkie
  • Score: 0

9:02am Sun 4 May 14

Ashleylouise says...

Extremely disrespectful ,and the comment of it being a family pub we have 3 boys they were always in the pub and I'm sure other family's would disagree with that comment ,kids would play in garden or on pool table ,john was there grandad and my partners farther and there have NEVER been prostitutes or dealers in there ,and as for the comment about was Sharon owning now Tracy I dare to ask what this sexists comment has to do with anything let alone running a pub,
Extremely disrespectful ,and the comment of it being a family pub we have 3 boys they were always in the pub and I'm sure other family's would disagree with that comment ,kids would play in garden or on pool table ,john was there grandad and my partners farther and there have NEVER been prostitutes or dealers in there ,and as for the comment about was Sharon owning now Tracy I dare to ask what this sexists comment has to do with anything let alone running a pub, Ashleylouise
  • Score: 3

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