Staff at a Hampshire country pub are gearing up for a vibrant and bustling festive period.

The Duke on the Test, just outside Romsey, has seen bookings rapidly increase in the lead-up to Christmas.

The pub was closed for five years, reopened in the summer of 2022 and been a huge success.

Festive preparations are well underway, with the team ordering in extra bottles of wine, champagne and spirits. 

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They estimate that 1,000 Christmas dinners will be served, including 2,000 servings of pigs in blankets, accompanied by 500 Christmas puddings, and more than 2,000 festive crackers.

General manager Mark Pinn revealed that Christmas day bookings had been sold out for months.

He said: "We're thrilled to see the overwhelming response from our customers for the festive season. The team has been tirelessly preparing to ensure that each guest enjoys a memorable and delightful experience. We're looking forward to welcoming everyone and creating lasting memories during this joyous time of the year."

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