These pages provide background information on hundreds of Portsmouth’s pub names, past and present. Many of these derive from historic events or famous persons, whilst other pubs take their name from more contemporary sources, or have humorous or gimmicky names given to them by modern pub companies. Some names may be the subject of conjecture, especially where heraldic coats of arms are used. It is not unusual for pubs to be named after little-known families who once owned land around the area in which a pub was built. Centuries later, such connections can sometimes be hard to trace.
¹ denotes that the pub no longer exists.
² denotes that the pub remains trading but has changed its name.
³ denotes that the building still stands but is no longer a pub.
Use the drop-down menu above to navigate through the alphabetical listings of pub names, or click on the link below to view the first page.