PLEASE NOTE: The A-Z listings are presently being fully revised to provide up-to-date information. We are working hard to revisit every pub within the city by the end of March 2015. Newly-updated entries can be identified by the wording “Pub Reviewed [date]” at the end of each entry.
Current Progress: 38 Pubs updated
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Despite a steady reduction over the years, the City of Portsmouth is still home to around 150 public houses and beer bars. These range from traditional Victorian cornerhouses to large city centre circuit pubs, where daytime shoppers and professionals make way for young drinkers at night.
Portsmouth’s traditional pubs have taken a severe hit over the last few years due to a number of factors affecting the pub trade nationally, such as the government’s now-abolished beer duty escalator, the smoking ban of 2007 and planning loopholes that allow pubs to be converted to retail premises without the need for planning consent. These issues, combined with recent economic decline, have hit the pub trade hard, forcing local licencees out of business and has led to the sell-off of many much loved hostelries by the cash-strapped big pub companies.
However, all is not bad news, as there are still many excellent pubs throughout the city that are well worth visiting. Indeed, we are now witnessing an emergence of a new breed of pub in Portsmouth – with Southsea being the primary location for these. A small number of specialist beer bars have opened towards the end of 2014, with further outlets coming soon. Watch this space!
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