Southern Hampshire CAMRA Press Release

For Immediate Release 24/02/2004
Hampshire Pub Celebrates 25 Years Triple

The Musketeer in Pennington, Lymington this year celebrates a hat trick of silver anniversaries. The Musketeer has been in the hands of the Grasham family for 25 years. Throughout this time the pub has continually earned its place in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide. When the Grasham family took over, they were one of the first regular outlets for Ringwood Best Bitter, and have continued to serve beers from the thriving Hampshire brewery ever since. Ringwood Brewery celebrated its 25th Anniversary last year.

Ray, Doreen and Phil Grasham moved into The Musketeer in 1978, keen to promote fine real ale and good homemade food. Phil and Eve Grasham continued this tradition when they took over running the pub upon Ray's retirement in 1994. At a time when the future of genuine local pubs often appears to be under threat, The Musketeer is a fine example of how to run a successful pub.

As a result of this impressive record, the Southern Hampshire branch of CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale) decided to honour the Grasham family with the award of a decorative mirror. The award was made as part of CAMRA's National Pub Week. On hearing of the intention to present an award, Phil Grasham said "It is nice to be recognised for keeping good beer for 25 years". David Welsh, Managing Director of Ringwood Brewery, commented "We would like to congratulate the Grasham family on their anniversary and award. They have been a valued customer throughout the brewery's development and we have very much appreciated their support."


For further information call Phil Grasham at The Musketeer on (01590) 676527. Further information about CAMRA's National Pubs Week can be found at or by phoning CAMRA's Press Office on (01727) 867201. Ringwood Brewery can be contacted on (01425) 480273 or via High resolution photographs (2400x1800 pixels) of the presentation can be downloaded from