Portsmouth Pubs – B

The Baffinscaskmarquebusfacebook_logo_small
127 Tangier Road

023 9266 0830

Actual Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 11:00 ’til 23:00; Fri Sat 11:00 ’til 00:00; Sun 11:00 ’til 23:00

The baffinsThis large community local was built in 1937 for Portsea’s Brickwood’s brewery (see black and white photograph), and faces the picturesque Baffins Pond. Latterly in the hands of Whitbread and now owned by Suffolk brewer Greene King, the pub is split into two main areas as you enter from the street. The left-hand side contains a pool table, jukebox and dart board as well as gaming machines and television, on which sporting events are shown. To the right side is a quieter seating area containing upholstered chairs and leather sofas. The pub is lit by a number of small, ornate chandeliers. A sunday quiz is hosted and there is a patio area at the front of the pub, overlooking Baffins Pond and a covered smoking area on the west side of the building.

Two cask beers are sold – these being Greene King IPA and Abbot Ale. A standard range of keg beers, cider, wines and spirits is stocked.

Pub Owner/Operator: Greene King

Reviewed 19th March 2015

Colour photographs: (above) 4th February 2007; (below, left to right) 13th July 2008; August 2003 (by Ray Scarfe); April 1999 (by Ray Scarfe); 28th April 1991.

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Portsmouth International Port
George Byng Way

023 9229 7391

Actual Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12:00 ’til 23:00

Open-plan public bar situated on the first floor of the international ferry port’s terminal building. There is an outside terrace from where drinkers may watch the shipping movements. A range of big-brand keg beers and cider is sold, along with bottled lagers, wines, spirits and liqueurs.

Pub Owner/Operator: Portsmouth International Port

Review Pending

The Barley MowCask Marque accreditedbusfacebook_logo_smalltwitterlive musicOutdoor Drinking Area
39 Castle Road

023 9282 3492

Actual Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12:00 ’til 23:00; Sat 11:00 ’til 23:00; Sun 12:00 ’til 23:00

barleymow06The Barley Mow is a mid-1920s two-bar pub designed by A E Cogswell, though to a design not generally associated with the architect (Cogswell’s builds tending to have a more elaborate exterior than that of the Barley Mow). It was built to replace an earlier tavern of the same name.

The large, carpeted lounge bar has a homely (though slightly dated) feel, with attractive wood panelled walls. There is an ornate fireplace at the end of the bar counter and a ship’s wheel is hung on the chimney breast. Comfortable, upholstered seating is provided, along with bar stools lining the counter. A large, quirky collection of bric-a-brac has been amassed by the licensee over the years and this is displayed throughout the pub. A large collection of beer bottles is lined up above the bar counter and a number of black and white naval photographs are displayed on the walls. A bar billiards table is situated in the ‘snug’ area and there is a gaming machine available. Piped music is played and there is a large television projector screen in the lounge bar for use on occasion.

The Barley Mow is a regular haunt for folk musicians and impromptu sessions are not unheard of. Live music is performed roughly thrice weekly, with genres including rock, jazz, blues and folk music. The Monday evening quiz is a popular attraction. The public bar is more basically furnished and includes a pool table, two dart boards and a jukebox. At the rear of the pub is a pleasant patio garden, which becomes a suntrap on fine summer days.

Back inside, the bar boasts an ever-changing range of eight cask ales (sourced from regional and micro breweries), plus Weston’s Old Rosie cider. Additional beers are sometimes served by gravity dispense. A good range of other beers wines and spirits are stocked. The pub hosts an annual beer festival. Fresh eggs are also available to purchase.

Pub Owner: EI Group
Pub Operator: J A Burr

Reviewed 26th January 2015 (updated 30th August 2017)

Photographs: (above) 30th September 2006; (below, left to right) 27th Jan 2008; 11th May 1989.

The Belle Islebusfacebook_logo_smalltwitter
39 Osborne Road

023 9282 0515


This friendly, well-run, independent cafe-style bar opened for business on Monday 7th belleisleJune 2010. The single bar room is divided into three distinct areas and has a pavement seating area if you wish to drink al fresco. The pub has a bright, airy feel and a cosmopolitan atmosphere (though it can become rather hot in summer). Furnishings vary from bar stools to leather sofas and the half-boarded walls are decorated with a gallery of contemporary, artistic photographs of Portsmouth and Southsea. Piped music is played.

Four real ales are served, sourced from interesting microbreweries near and far, plus an offering from the internationally-owned Sharp’s Brewery. Keg beers include Colorado’s Blue Moon and there is a selection of bottled beers such as BrewDog Punk IPA and Goose Island IPA. Food is very popular here, with Mexican dishes being the mainstay.

Reviewed 2nd February 2015

Pub Owner: EI Group
Pub Operator: Belle Isle Bistros (Portsmouth) Ltd

Photographed 20th March 2011

busThe Blue Anchorfacebook_logo_small
2 London Road
North End

023 9269 4499

Actual Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11:00 ’til 23:00; Sat 11:00 ’til 01:00; Sun 11:00 ’til 00:00

blueanchor_1115The Blue Anchor was rebuilt in the 1940s as a temporary, single-storey construction to replace the original hotel that was bombed during World War II (see black and white photographs below). The premises consisted of one large room, divided into two main areas, with pool being the featured pub game. A long bar counter ran along the left-hand wall as you entered from the street. Owned by the Friary Meux chain for many years, it later passed to the Spirit Group/Punch Taverns.

By August 2010 the pub had closed and was boarded up. A year later, planning permission had been submitted to convert part of the pub into a pizza parlour. This was approved and the business subsequently opened in late 2011. Somewhat surprisingly it was announced in May 2012 that the remaining part of the Blue Anchor was soon to reopen, albeit as a smaller pub than before – only the left-hand section of the building shown in the main photograph is now occupied by the pub. The interior photographs displayed below are images taken in mid 2011, during the pub’s extended closure.

The new, compact Blue Anchor reopened in January 2013, part of a small chain of Portsmouth Pubs that includes the British Queen, the Royal and the Victory. Around a third of the size of the original house, the bar counter still runs along the left-hand wall, with a variety of seating including high tables and bar stools. The pub is carpeted throughout and the walls are decorated with retro advertising posters. There are wall-mounted televisions at both ends of the bar room and gaming machines are offered. Live music and discos are regularly hosted and karaoke takes place on Thursdays from 8pm. Sunday roast dinners are served. A small patio garden and car parking can be found to the rear.

The drinks range is fairly standard, however cask ale was reintroduced in late January 2015, with Sharp’s Doom Bar becoming the regular ale.

Pub Owner: C Hunt
Pub Operator: G H K Evans

Reviewed 24th January 2015

Colour exterior photographs: (above) 29th November 2015 (below, left to right) 15th July 2007; 14th August 1988.
Interior photos taken 1st June 2011 (courtesy of Roy Anderson) when the pub was closed for business.

busfacebook_logo_smallThe Bold ForesterOutdoor Drinking Area
177 Albert Road

023 9283 8743

Actual Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 11:00 ’til 23:00; Fri Sat 11:00 ’til 00:00; Sun 11:00 ’til 23:00

This large corner house dates from the 1870s and was part of the Long’s brewery estate for many years. Once a popular pub with students, the house was for a time part of Whitbread’s Hogshead Ale House chain before transferring to the Laurel Pub Company. Nowadays it is owned by Suffolk brewer Greene King.

The pub sports a single, split level L-shaped bar room which is divided into distinct areas, with a raised deck towards the front of the house. An original fireplace with exposed brick surround can be found on the far left-hand wall. The bar has a laminated floor and is well furnished with a mixture of upholstered bench seats, armchairs and both high and low level tables. The walls display a collection of images of Portsmouth and piped music is played. There are gaming machines and a television.

Three cask ales from the Greene King range are sold, as well as BrewDog Punk IPA in bottles. A standard range of other beers, lagers, cider, wines and spirits is offered and there is a cocktail menu. Food is served all day.

The pub has a large, secluded patio garden to the rear.

Pub Owner/Operator: Greene King

Reviewed 29th January 2015

Photographs: (above) 9th November 2015 (below, left to right) 14th August 2005; June 1999 (by Ray Scarfe); 1976 (by Ray Scarfe); 11th May 1989.

busBrewers Fayre (Clarence Pier)ferry1bed_logoOutdoor Drinking Area
Long Curtain Road
023 9273 4622

Actual Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 06:30 ’til 23:00; Sat 07:00 ’til 23:00; Sun 07:00 ’til 22:30

brewersfayre0315This Brewers Fayre pub was opened in 1997 by Whitbread and was later complimented by an adjoining Premier Inn. Originally the Clarence, the pub was later renamed the Clarence Pier, though these days the Brewers Fayre generic brand name is all that appears on signage. The interior is large and rambling, with a food servery at the centre of the pub, adjacent to the bar counter. To the left of the entrance is a smaller seating area, with high tables and stools as well as standard tables and chairs. The walls are a mix of exposed brick and wood panelling and flooring is a variety of carpeting, bare boards and tiles. Fake beams span sections of the ceiling. Quiz and gaming machines are available. A dining area at the front of the pub is on a raised deck and has views across the Solent. To the far right is a larger seating/dining area and this is bounded by a large, children’s indoor play area. An outdoor terrace is shielded from the elements by large perspex screens. A large car park (pay & display) is located directly outside the pub.

Drinkers will find one cask beer available on the bar – this being Wadworth 6X. There is plenty of choice of lagers, plus draught Guinness and keg cider/bitter. A good range of wines and spirits is offered, including single malt whisky. Food is served all day (see website).

Pub Owner/Operator: Whitbread

Reviewed 12th March 2015

Photographs: (above) 16th March 2015; (below) 15th July 2007; 28th June 2005.

Brewhouse & Kitchen
26 Guildhall Walk

023 9289 1340

see White Swan

busfacebook_logo_smallThe Bridge TavernOutdoor Drinking Areawifi-logo-primary
54 East Street
Old Portsmouth

023 9275 2992

Actual Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00 ’til 23:00; Sun 12:00 ’til 22:30

bridgetavern2004This inviting, Grade II listed, quayside tavern, surrounded by the Camber Dock, is a very popular, yet not-easy-to-find pub. Now overshadowed by Sir Ben Ainslie’s Americas Cup sailing team headquarters, the pub was bought by Gales of Horndean in the early 1990s (subsequently passing into the ownership of London brewer Fuller Smith & Turner following its takeover of the Hampshire brewery during the following decade). On acquiring the pub, Gales opened up the interior to form a single, large bar room, with separate drinking areas.

The original front bar area is flagstoned and tiled, with the remainder of the pub being carpeted. Upturned hogsheads are used for the placement of newspapers and tourist information literature. The bar is pleasantly furnished in traditional style and the original fireplace now houses a coal effect burner. A commemorative plaque and watercolour painting in memory of the crew of Portsmouth-based trawler Wilhelmina J, that sank with all hands in 1991, is displayed on the chimney breast. Nautical prints adorn the walls of the pub. Piped music is played at low level and there are gaming machines available. A wall-mounted television is used occasionally. The pub sometimes hosts traditional music on Saturday nights. Food is served all day.

An additional seating area is located upstairs, roughly T-shaped and divided into two distinct areas, including a conservatory giving fine views across the Camber Dock and towards St Thomas’s Cathedral. A lovely wood panelled room decorated with nautical paintings and reminiscent of ship’s wardroom can be found to the left.

A large number of picnic benches are positioned on the quayside at the front of the pub. Just around the corner, on the south elevation is a large mural, depicting a period scene from Old Portsmouth, complete with drunken sailors and prostitutes (see photo below). You’d be hard pressed to find either here in the 21st century!

As far as drinks are concerned, the Bridge sells three cask ales from the Fuller’s range (London Pride, HSB and Seafarers), plus a good selection of other beers, cider, wines and spirits – including a wide variety of Gales Country Wines and a selection of single malt whiskies.

Pub Owner/Operator: Fuller Smith & Turner

Reviewed 26th January 2015

Colour photographs: (above) 10th April 2004; (below, left to right) 2nd September 2010; 27th January 2008; June 1999 (by Ray Scarfe); 11th May 1989; unknown date; 1985. Black & white drawing kindly supplied by John Kendall.

busThe British QueenOutdoor Drinking Area
18 Queens Road

023 9265 2338

Actual Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 16:00 ’til 23:00; Fri-Sun 12:00 ’til 23:00

Dbritishqueen_1115ating from 1896 this street corner local stands among the densely populated Victorian terraces of Buckland. Replacing an earlier tavern and originally part of the Bransbury Brewery, the pub became a Brickwood’s house before being inherited by Whitbread in the 1970s. Now a Free House, the pub remains a proper local, drawing most of its clientele from the surrounding streets.

The pub consists of one main bar room, with a pool and television room to the rear. A separate family room (available for private hire) is accessed via a door at the end of the bar counter in the main room. Furnishings consist of bench seating around the periphery of the main room, plus upholstered chairs. Notable features are the original stained glass upper windows on both the north and west elevations. There is a jukebox and gaming machine, as well as a projector screen that is used to show sporting events. Live music is hosted at weekends. There is an secluded beer garden for use in warmer weather.

No cask beer is sold, though bottles of Banks’s Bitter and Guinness Dublin Porter is stocked in bottles. A standard range of keg beers, cider, wines and spirits is offered. Food, consisting mainly of burgers and pies, is available throughout the day.

Pub Owner: C Hunt
Pub Operator: D V Place

Reviewed 19th March 2015

Photographs: (above) 29th November 2015 (below, left to right) 22nd July 2007; 13th July 2008; October 1997 (by Ray Scarfe); unknown date (by Ray Scarfe); 14th August 1988; unknown date (1970s).

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