Portsmouth Pubs – G

busThe GeorgeWithin 10 minutes walk of a railway stationferry1facebook_logo_smallbed_logo
84-85 Queen Street
Portsea
PO1 3HU

023 9275 3885
www.thegeorgehotel.org.uk

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

george_qs_1115This old Grade II listed tavern dating from 1760 stands in an area which once contained dozens of public houses, owing to its proximity to the naval dockyard. In recent years the pub has had a chequered history, but thankfully has managed to survive and is once again doing good business.

The pub features one large bar room plus a separate restaurant area. A well can be found to the rear of the bar area. The bar is decorated with a selection of naval memorabilia and ships’ timbers have been used to provide structural support to the ceiling. Bed & Breakfast accommodation is provided. The exterior of the pub features a unique example of Jewell’s Brewery tiling, as shown in the bottom right-hand photograph.

Throughout the first decade of the 21st century the pub was rarely open to the public (being used only as hotel/hostel accommodation), however the pub is now well worth a visit and is a fine example of a traditional Portsmouth pub.

Up to three real ales are sold – all sourced from large UK producers such as Ringwood, Sharp’s and Greene King. Shipyard Pale Ale and GK East Coast IPA are among the keg beers stocked. A choice of a dozen malt whiskies, as well as many other wines and spirits is also available. There is a separate restaurant area offering a good selection of well-priced traditional fayre. See website for restaurant opening times.

Pub Owner/Operator: P W A Wilkinson

Reviewed 15th January 2015 (updated 1st February 2017)

Colour photographs: (above) 29th November 2015 (below, left to right) 14th August 2005; 11th May 1989; 13th July 2008; 15th July 2007; 15th July 2007. Matchbox label image kindly supplied by Rob Hall.


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137 Kingston Road
Buckland

PO2 7EB
023 9273 4649

Actual Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 13:00 ’til 23:00; Fri-Sun 12:00 ’til 23:00

georgedragon07Built on the site of the old Pike Spicer owned George & Dragon (as seen in the bottom right-hand photograph), this pub dates from 1925 and was yet another Cogswell design for the Brickwood’s Brewery. Its striking half-timbered style with ornate Brickwood’s glazed brickwork and mosaic tiling makes it one of the most recognisable buildings on Kingston Road – a thoroughfare which has long suffered from a rather shabby appearence. The George & Dragon is now the only pub left trading on Kingston Road. A far cry from yesteryear (see the Lost Pubs section).

Now owned by Punch Taverns, the interior of the pub has now been knocked into one large, roughly L-shaped, bar room, smartly decorated and divided into three distinct areas. The room in which the bar counter is located has a varnished floor and is furnished mostly with high tables and stools. There is a dart board and games machine to be found here.

To the right of the bar counter can be found a comfortable, carpeted lounge, with an original fireplace containing a wood burner. A large mirror hangs on the chimney breast and a flat-panel television is mounted directly above. A large number of small, framed modern art prints adorn the walls, together with a series of larger, black and white photographic artworks. A second dart board is located in the lounge. To the rear of the pub is a games area containing two pool tables. This leads to a secluded west-facing patio garden.

The house serves two cask ales – these being Young’s Bitter (‘ordinary’) and Wells Bombardier Burning Gold during a visit in February 2015. Additionally there is a choice of bottled ales such as Wychwood Hobgoblin and Robinson’s Trooper. A standard range of other keg beers, lagers, cider, wines and spirits is also stocked.

Pub Owner: Punch Taverns

Reviewed 19th February 2015

Colour Photographs: (above) 14th July 2007; (below, left to right) 13th July 2008; March 1999 (by Ray Scarfe); 14th August 1988.


busThe George Innfacebook_logo_smalllive musicgardenwifi-logo-primary
Portsdown Hill Road
 Portsdown
Cosham
PO6 1BE
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023 9222 1079
www.georgeinnportsdown.co.uk

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

georgeinnThis late 18th century Grade II listed building was once two cottages and also contained Old Widley Fire Station, which is still in evidence today on the north side of the building. Now a comfortable and homely pub, the house was listed in 1972 and is very popular with both locals and passers-by. Located at the original crossroads where London Road bisects Portsdown Hill Road, the outside seating areas offer fine views across Portsmouth, Langstone Harbour and the Isle of Wight.

The bar is divided into two or three distinct areas and contains a large collection of breweriana, such as old bottles, beer mats, glasses and signage, notably from Portsmouth’s long defunct Brickwoods brewery. A number of pewter tankards hang above the bar, together with a yard of ale. The pub is comfortably furnished throughout, with traditional tables and chairs and upholstered bench seats. Daily newspapers are available. A gaming machine stands opposite the bar counter and low-level piped music is played throughout the day.

Seven well-kept real ales are sold – six regular beers from large regionals, plus a monthly guest beer, usually sourced from a local micro. The permanent range are generally all mid-brown, malty ales, with the guest beer varying from golden ale to stout. A standard range of keg lagers and cider is stocked, together with a good selection of wines and spirits – notably Gale’s Country Wines and a choice of single malt whiskies. Lunchtime meals are served Mon-Sat 12 ’til 2pm and Saturday breakfasts from 11am ’til 2pm (£3.95). There is also a wide range of bar snacks, including a selection of biltong and pretzels.

Live bands are hosted on Tuesdays at 9pm and a music quiz is held on Sunday nights. An Irish folk jam is held on the last Sunday of each month, between 2:30 and 6:30pm. Dogs are welcome in the pub. An annual music and beer festival is held in late summer. Car parking is available.

This George Inn is well worth a visit, especially on a fine summer’s evening.

Pub Owner: EI Group
Pub Operator: P White

Reviewed 3rd February 2015

Photographs: (above) 11th March 2007; (below right) May 2001 (by Ray Scarfe).


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17 Albert Road
Southsea
PO5 2SE

023 9282 7007
www.ginandolive.co.uk

Actual Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 13:00 ’til 00:00; Fri Sat 11:00 ’til 02:30; Sun 11:00 ’til 00:00

Popular bar and restaurant located on busy Albert Road. Full details to follow.

Pub Owner/Operator: D J Inch

 

 

 

Photographed 9th March 2017


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1 Delamere Road
Southsea
PO4 0JA

023 9282 1658
www.goldeneaglesouthsea.co.uk

Actual Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 15:00 ’til 00:00; Fri 15:00 ’til 01:00; Sat 12:00 ’til 01:00; Sun 12:00 ’til 23:00

goldeneagle07This friendly Victorian cornerhouse is a good example of how a lot of pubs in Portsmouth once were. A traditional two-bar local, the pub is well used by the community and is now owned by London brewer Fuller Smith & Turner, following its buy-out of Gales in 2005. The pub was formerly part of the Friary Meux chain.

The main, street-corner bar room is wood panelled and features an ornate, original open fireplace that is put to good use in the winter months. Furnishings are traditional and there is a dart board in the corner. Live music is regularly featured, with acts from as far afield as the USA and Australia sometimes booked! Five real ales are on sale – three from the core Fuller’s range, plus a seasonal and a guest from an independent brewery (sourced from the Fuller’s list). A range of other keg beer, cider, wines and spirits stocked, with vodka being the pub’s speciality – some very unusual varieties being offered (including Marmite, chilli, Mars bar, mint and bacon!) Try finding the eight toy mice located around the pub to win yourself a free shot of the chilli variety!

The original wood panelled lounge bar is now put to use as a pool room. There is a small patio garden to the rear of the house. Sunday roasts are served.

The right-hand photograph below depicts Fawcett Road in what looks like Victorian times, with the pub clearly visible in the distance.

Pub Owner/Operator: Fuller Smith & Turner

Reviewed 29th January 2015

Colour photographs: (above) 4th February 2007; (below, left to right) 16th April 2008; 28th April 1991; June 1999 (by Ray Scarfe).


The Golden HindCask Marque accreditedbusfacebook_logo_smallgardenwifi-logo-primary
384 Copnor Road
Copnor
PO3 5EN

023 9266 2444
www.gkflamegrill.co.uk

Actual Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00 ’til 23:00

goldenhind2005This large, attractive road house was built in 1929 and was originally called Ye Olde Inne. Once owned by Brickwoods, the pub ended up in the hands of Whitbread and it was under that company’s stewardship that the pub was knocked into one huge, single bar, rather than the three rooms it used to have (the Hydro bar once being especially pleasant with its wood panelled walls). Now owned by Greene King, the pub has been transfromed into one of its Flame Grill chain of eateries.

The house is divided into a number of distinct areas, all comfortably appointed. As one enters from the main corner entrance, an area to the right contains a number of high tables and stools, with a pool table at the far end. Ahead from the entrance is the bar counter, with a seating area comprising arm chairs and sofas located opposite. A fireplace containing a wood burner is located here. Further around the bar, the furnishings comprise of upholstered bench seats and traditional tables and chairs. At the far end of the bar, towards the rear of house, can be found an area given over to dining, with tables laid ready for customers. There are televisions positioned around the pub and piped music is played.

At the bar, three cask ales from the GK range are offered – these being IPA, Abbot Ale and Old Speckled Hen. A good selection of keg beers, lagers, cider, wines and spirits is sold. An extensive, well-priced menu is available all day (see website).

There is a patio seating area at the front of the building and to the rear of the pub can be found car parking for roughly thirty vehicles.

Pub Owner/Operator: Greene King

Reviewed 24th January 2015

Photographs: (above) 14th August 2005; (below, left to right) 13th July 2008; 11th May 1989; June 1999 (by Ray Scarfe); matchbox label kindly supplied by Ray Scarfe.


The Good CompanionCask Marque accreditedbusfacebook_logo_smallgarden
2 Eastern Road
Milton

PO3 6ES
023 9282 5206
www.gkflamegrill.co.uk

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

goodcompanion2005Opened in 1938, this large road house was built for the Brickwood’s Brewery and is a prominent landmark beside the main eastern approach road into the city. Now one very large bar room, divided into various seating areas, the pub’s original ceiling height has been lowered considerably to give a more intimate feel. The floor is mostly carpeted, with a tiled area running along the length of the bar counter. There are plenty of high tables and chairs nearer the bar, with more traditional tables and chairs elsewhere, as well as a number of upholstered armchairs. Large, decoratively-framed mirrors are hung on walls throughout the pub and there are also large abstract works of art prominently displayed. Piped music is played and there is a large television in the main bar area, on which sporting events are shown. A dartboard is a surprise inclusion, slightly hidden away among the dividing walls in the left-hand seating area. Gaming machines are provided, together with an ATM, close to the main entrance. 

Three cask beers from the Greene King range are stocked – these being IPA, Old Speckled Hen and Abbot Ale. A good range of keg beers, lagers, wines and spirits is served.

There is ample car parking at the front of the pub, where picnic benches can also be found for those who wish to drink outside.

Pub Owner/Operator: Greene King

Reviewed 5th March 2015

Colour Photographs: (above) 14th August 2005; (below, left to right) 13th July 2008; September 2003 (by Ray Scarfe); July 1998 (by Ray Scarfe).


busThe Graham Arms facebook_logo_smallgarden
51 George Street
Buckland

PO1 5QY
023 9264 6886
www.grahamarmsportsmouth.co.uk

Actual Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 14:30 ’til 23:00; Fri-Sun 12:00 ’til 00:00

graham2005Constructed in 1900 and designed by A E Cogswell, the Graham Arms was originally owned by the Gibb’s Brewery and eventually became part of the huge Whitbread estate as a consequence of that company’s buy-out of Portsmouth’s Brickwood’s Brewery in 1971. In 1991 the pub was sold to Wadworth of Devizes, and is now one of a very small number of pubs that the Wiltshire brewer still operates in Portsmouth.

The Graham consists of a large, single U-shaped bar room with a central servery. To the left of the entrance the pub has the feel of a public bar, with a television (on which Sky Sports is shown), dart board and a jukebox. The right-hand area is more homely and features a fireplace with an attractive, decorative surround. The walls are half-boarded and there is a collection of model galleons displayed on high shelves around the room. Ceramic bottles, tankards and old beer bottles are also on show – with some interesting examples from Whitbread and Greene King included. A lawned beer garden can be found to the rear of the house.

The pub offers a single cask beer from the Wadworth range – this being The Bishop’s Tipple during a February 2015 visit. A standard range of other beers, wines and spirits is stocked.

Live music and DJs regularly provide weekend entertainment. A meat raffle is drawn at 4:30pm on Sundays.

Pub Owner/Operator: Wadworth & Co

Reviewed 19th February 2015

Photographs: (above) 14th August 2005; (below, left to right) 13th July 2008; 14th August 1988.


busThe Grapesfacebook_logo_smalltwitterlive music
19 London Road
North End
PO2 0BQ

023 9360 0004

Actual Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 09:00 ’til 00:00; Fri Sat 09:00 ’til 01:00; Sun 10:00 ’til 23:00

grapes_1115Formerly the Lanyard, and before that North End Baptist Church, this pub originally opened its doors in January 2005 following a £500,000 conversion of the disused building. Owned by the Barracuda Group and operated as part of its Smith & Jones pub chain, this was a sympathetic conversion of a listed building, featuring a single, cavernous, bare-boarded bar room within the former nave and a bar counter situated along the right-hand wall. Stairs at the rear of the premises lead to the toilets and galleried area, where tables are arranged around the edges of the parapet.

Unfortunately, the original parent company, Bramwell Pub Co, went into administration in 2013 and the pub closed its doors temporarily until the leasehold was purchased by local publican Steve Hudson and the pub reopened in early 2014 as a free house. The pub struggled thereafter and a change of management saw the house given a full refurbishment in November 2015, reopening as the Grapes on the 20th of that month.

The newly-refurbished interior has brought the pub back to its former glory and has a broadly unchanged layout, though now incorporates a small ‘snug’ area at the end of the nave, furnished with comfortable leather armchairs. The back wall features two large recesses which are stocked with chopped timber. Elsewhere, banquette seating runs along the left side of the pub with traditional tables and chairs being complemented by high tables and stools running along the length of the central nave. A number of television screens are positioned on three sides of the room and there is a pool table in one corner, along with a choice of gaming and quiz machines. A focal point on the west wall, above the gallery, is an impressively large clock, measuring roughly 4ft in diameter.

The pub is fitted out with a lighting system for use when live bands perform at weekends (a temporary stage is positioned in front of the snug area for performances and removed thereafter). A large glitter ball is suspended from the ceiling’s cross-bracing and a projector screen above the bar counter is brought into use for sporting events.

The lengthy bar counter is stocked with a selection of ‘big brand’ kegged beers, lagers and cider. Cask ale sales proved to fall off in the months following reopening and a decision was made to sadly discontinue them. A good choice of wines, spirits and cocktails are stocked and coffee is also offered. Good value meals are served at certain times.

Pub Owner/Operator: Lanyard Holdings Ltd

Reviewed 30th November 2015

Photographs (above) 29th November 2o15; (below) 23rd January 2005.


The Green PostsCask Marque accreditedbusfacebook_logo_smallgardenwifi-logo-primary
371 London Road
North End
PO2 9HJ

023 9265 1003
www.gkmeetandeat.co.uk

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

greenposts2005A pub by the name of the Green Post(s) has existed on this site since at least the mid 18th century and stands close to the original Portsmouth city boundary (as marked by the obelisk that stands nearby on the opposite side of London Road). Once run by the Pike Spicer brewery, the house was latterly in the hands of Whitbread, who built a large extension in 1998. Now owned by Greene King, it has a mainly local clientele, with some passing trade. A further extension was completed in 2007.

Inside, the large, single bar room is divided into distinct areas, with the original part of the building having the feel of a public bar and the extended area comprising the wood-panelled lounge/diner, via which you can access the pub’s garden. There are two dart boards, table football and jukebox in the bar, with Sky Sports shown on large, wall-mounted televisions. An ATM is available. Live music is hosted on the first Friday of the month.

Comfortable bench seating and high tables and chairs are located in the ‘public’ area, with traditional tables and chairs in the extension. A boarded floor runs around the bar counter, with the pub carpeted elsewhere.

Greene King IPA is the sole cask ale and there is a choice of Czech bottled lagers. A standard range of other keg beers, cider, wines and spirits is stocked. Food is served all day.

Off-road parking is available at the front of the pub.

Pub Owner/Operator: Greene King

Reviewed 31st January 2015

Photographs: (above) 14th August 2005; (below, left to right) 13th July 2008; April 1999 (by Ray Scarfe); 14th August 1988.

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