119 Elm Grove
023 9287 6088
Actual Opening Hours: Mon 17:00 ’til late; Tue-Fri 12:00 ’til late; Sat Sun 10:00 ’til late
Jags@119 is an American style bar and eaterie, located in a popular part of Southsea. The interior is decorated with an array of Americana and the walls are dominated by a number of large, striking murals featuring icons of American popular culture. The split-level seating area is divided in two, with diners using the left-hand side and those visiting for drinks only catered for on the right side, where the bar counter is located.
Furnishings consist of a mixture of leather sofas, traditional tables and chairs and a number of bar stools aligned along the length of the bar counter.
Food includes a wide range of gourmet burgers, hot dogs, ribs and steaks – and in addition to this, the bar serves a range of up to six draught beers from BrewDog, such as Kingpin lager, Punk IPA, Dead Pony Club and changing seasonal offerings. As well as these, there is a small range of bottled ales, mainly sourced from the Marstons and Fuller’s ranges. A good selection of wines and spirits is also stocked.
Live music is regularly performed at weekends.
Owner/Operator: J C M Eales
Reviewed 17th March 2017 (updated 2nd December 2017)
Photographs: (above) 9th March 2017; (below) 2nd December 2017.
The Jameson Arms
122 Church Road
023 9281 6406
Actual Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00 ’til 23:00
Built in 1934 for the Mew & Co Brewery, this small Cogswell-designed house replaced an earlier pub on the same site. Originally a two bar tavern, the Jameson has since been knocked through into one larger bar room, as was the fate of many pubs at the hands of the big brewers during the 1980s and ’90s. A planning application was sumbitted in August 2007 to close the pub and convert the premises to flats. This was thankfully thrown out by the City’s planning department after the Webmaster highlighted the issue on these pages, prompting a surprisingly high amount of objections being sumbitted to the council. Thanks goes to all those who made their voices heard. A further application to turn the pub into five flats was withdrawn by the applicant in September 2017.
Nowadays, the pub attracts an almost exclusively local clientele. The interior is fully carpeted and traditionally furnished. The walls are half panelled and are home to a large collection of photos depicting the Jameson’s regular customers. A jukebox is located opposite the bar counter and a gaming machine is available. Pool and darts is played and there is a large collection of trophies on display. Discos are held regularly at weekends.
No cask ale is sold – a standard range of keg beers, cider, wines and spirits being offered. The pub is, however, a rare outlet for Murphy’s Irish Stout.
Pub Owner: EI Group
Pub Operator: M Garratt
Reviewed 12th February 2015
Photographs: (above) 18th March 2008; (below, left to right) 9th July 2007; 18th February 1990.
The John Jacques
78-82 Fratton Road
023 9277 9742
Actual Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 08:00 ’til 23:00
Housed in the former Victory Hall (a Portsea Island Mutual Co-Operative Society premises), this was the third J D Wetherspoon house to open on Portsea Island. The large, roughly square, bar room is divided into various seating areas, with furnishings mostly made up of standard tables and chairs, with some banquette seating, mostly to the rear of the pub. Framed modern art paintings are hung on the walls, as well as portraits and potted histories of once-famous local businessmen such as Baron Jacques, chief executive of PIMCO (from whom the pub takes its name) and Jeremiah Chubb, co-founder of the now global locks and alarms company.
The pub has televisions that are used occcasionally to show live sporting events and there is a small number of gaming machines to be found. There is a small outside drinking area at the front of the pub, on the corner of Cornwall Road.
On the bar, up to eight cask ales are served, together with a choice of real cider. As with all Wetherspoon pubs, a very good selection of other beers, lagers, wines a spirits is stocked and food is served all day.
Pub Owner/Operator: J D Wetherspoon
Reviewed 12th February 2015
Photographs: (above) 22nd July 2007; (below, left to right) November 2002 (by Ray Scarfe); 19th September 2004.
The Jolly Sailor
54 Clarence Parade
023 9229 5195
Actual Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 17:00 ’til 21:00; Fri Sat 11:30 ’til late; Sun 12:00 ’til 22:30
Once known as the Westfield, the name Jolly Sailor was adopted in 1948. The pub was originally part of the Portsmouth United Breweries estate, later becoming the property of Whitbread and more recently, Enterprise Inns. In 2007 the pub received a rather unnecessary and gimmicky prefix to its name, trading as Marina Jaks @ Jolly Sailor, as seen in two of the photographs of the pub and inn sign below. By late 2008 the pub was struggling to survive financially following the closure of the local nightclubs that the Jolly Sailor shared much of its trade with. The pub stood closed and boarded during the first half of 2009 until planning permission was granted to convert twelve rooms on the upper levels to bed & breakfast accommodation. The pub reopened as the oddly-named Stranded Bar in July 2009 and was refurbished with a modern, minimalist style bar on the upper level, with a separate restaurant downstairs. By early 2011 the pub had thankfully reverted to its proper name.
Nowadays, a further refurbishment has led to a much improved interior with green and cream coloured decor. The large, single roomed bar is split into two distinct areas, with the front space furnished with a mixture of comfortable leather sofas and traditional seating. One of the pub’s old inn signs is now displayed in the entrance lobby. The room is bare boarded, with a small carpeted area on a raised deck that doubles as a stage for live performances. Piped music is played. A wall mounted television shows BBC News as well as sporting events via BT Sport. A second area, beyond the bar counter is given over to dining and is branded as the Grillhouse, decorated in the style of a Texas steak restaurant.
The pub has a full programme of events, with a variety of live music on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays plus various talent shows and charity fixtures at other times. Quiz and curry nights are held on Tuesdays at 8pm. There is a separate downstairs bar room available for hire and the raised outdoor terrace is popular in summer.
The bar stocks St Austell Tribute and Sharp’s Doom Bar Bitter, plus a variety of keg products including Kozel lager from the Czech Republic. A standard range of wines and spirits is sold.
Pub Owner: EI Group
Pub Operator: Jolly Sailor (Southsea) Ltd
Reviewed 12th March 2015
Photographs: (above) 19th May 2011; (below, clockwise from top left) 19th May 2011; 13th July 2008; 13th July 2008; 6th August 2005; June 2003 (by Ray Scarfe); April 1999 (by Ray Scarfe); April 1999 (by Ray Scarfe); 11th May 1989; 13th July 2009.
Actual Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu 15:00 ’til 23:30; Fri 15:00 ’til 00:00; Sat 12:00 ’til 00:00; Sun 12:00 ’til 23:30
An A E Cogswell designed pub dating from 1914, the Jolly Taxpayer reopened in 1929 following extensive alterations by architect J Walmisley. Hidden away in a residential area and therefore making it one of Portsmouth’s least-known pubs, this former Brickwood’s house is very much a locals’ local. Now a genuine free house, the pub was owned by national pubco Punch Taverns after having been sold off by former brewing giant Whitbread in the 1990s (Whitbread having acquired the pub as part of their takeover of Brickwoods in 1971).
The pub still retains its original public bar and smaller lounge, both of which are wood panelled throughout. Remarkably, the pub’s original ‘bottle and jug’ off-sales counter is still intact, complete with separate entrance, where people young and old still pop in for drinks, tobacco and even sweets!The large public bar is carpeted and traditionally furnished and contains no less than three dart boards – one of the front of house and two to the rear, where a pool table can also be found. Two large brick open fires face one another from either ends of the room. A large television is mounted on the chimney breast at the front of the bar, on which Sky Sports events are shown. A jukebox and gaming machines are provided and the walls are decorated with autographed, framed, football shirts.
The comfortable lounge bar is accessed via a separate entrance and is pleasantly furnished with a mixture of banquettes, traditional tables and chairs and bar stools. A piano can also be found here. A beer garden can be found at the rear of the pub.
The pub is popular and friendly, with three well-kept cask ales being sold – these being Courage Best and Directors, plus a third beer also sourced from a large producer. A range of keg lagers, beer and cider is offered, plus a good selection of wines and spirits, including single malt whisky.
Pub Owner/Operator: Jolly Taxpayer Ltd
Reviewed 19th March 2015 (updated 23rd January 2017)
Photographs: (above) 13th July 2008; (below, left to right) 13th July 2008; 4th February 2007; 28th April 1991. Interior photographs 11th August 2011.