Simon Hawkins is well known in Petersfield, having run the Drum until five years ago. He is a familiar face, along with his brother James, at farmers’ markets under the banner of Hawkins Brothers wine.

Simon Hawkins smiles broadly at the camera in front of a window, wearing a brown jacket.
As well as the Cricketers, Simon is opening a wine shop on Lavant Street at the end of February

Shine Radio’s Kate Fairweather caught up with Simon last week as he celebrated exchanging contracts on the Cricketers in Steep. He has two months to refurbish, redecorate, hire staff, plan the menu and plans to launch at the end of March.

You can hear all about his plans for the pub and follow them as they unfold in reality, as the countdown to launch begins.

We’ll publish the whole “journey” after the launch party!

Follow his progress on Wednesday mornings on Shine Radio’s Rise & Shine with Blake Swell (between 6am and 10am).

You can hear an update of the ups and downs on Blake’s Wednesday show online at