Back in 2008, Bishopstoke sisters Rachel Light and Carey made the debut in the pub trade.
Their dad Mr. Chris Light (who now lives and works in Dubai) bought the pub for his daughters, who have been running it ever since.
Rachel and Carey introduced a full package of pub services, including Live Music, Quiz Nights, Themed Charity Events, Bed & Breakfast, and Function Room Hire.
"I grew up in the area with many proud memories. The Anglers has been a part of the village life for generations, and reminds me of the local scene. I wanted to put something back into the community."
- Chris Light
"I would never have thought when I was growing up that we would be running the Anglers one day. I am truly proud of what we have achieved and continue to achieve. We really do have a great crowd that give the pub a real bit of extra character."
- Rachel Light
The History of The Anglers Inn
The Angler's Inn was known locally as the Annie Miles, after the landlady who occupied the Inn from 1895 to 1910. The Angler's first appeared on a map in 1824. The Bishopstoke village carnival passed by the Inn and was watched by patrons from the upper windows. It has changed little over the century. Copy photograph of an original photograph, made by Derek Dine about 1975.
Bishopstoke, a village recorded in the Domesday Book, is a civil parish in the borough of Eastleigh in Hampshire, England. Bishopstoke was also mentioned when King Alfred the Great's grandson King Eadred, granted land at "Stohes" to Thegn Aelfric in 948 AD. The village is about a mile east of Eastleigh town centre, and is on the eastern bank of the River Itchen. It adjoins Fair Oak on the east, in the Fair Oak and Horton Heath parish. The village was annexed to Eastleigh in 1932, and was split out again as an independent civil parish later. It forms part of the Southampton Urban Area.
Amongst those born in Bishopstoke are:
- Richard Dummer (1589 – 1679), early settler in New England who has been described as "one of the fathers of Massachusetts".
- William Gilbert (1804 – 1890), novelist and Royal Navy surgeon, father of dramatist W. S. Gilbert.
- Samuel Sewall (1652 – 1730), Massachusetts judge, best known for his involvement in the Salem witch trials.