Urban Island Tap Room
023 9266 8726
Actual Opening Hours:
Mon-Wed closed; Thu 16:00 ’til 19:00; Fri 12:00 ’til 18:00; Sat 13:00 ’til 16:00; Sun closed.
Portsmouth’s second tap room opened on 2nd December 2017 and is located within the unit housing Urban Island’s brewing operation, a short walk from Hilsea railway station. Surprisingly spacious, the room is divided into three drinking areas, with furniture consisting of a mixture of trestle tables and benches, plus chipboard-backed bench seating and stools arranged around a table fashioned from a shipping pallet. Visitors are surrounded by an array of gleaming, stainless steel fermenting vessels and mash tuns. Shelving on the left-hand wall is used to display a range of minikegs that are available to purchase for home drinking – and a chill cabinet stocked with bottles is positioned opposite.
The bar counter can be found towards the rear, from where up to six cask and bottled ales are offered. Those available are detailed on a large chalk board directly above the servery. Outdoor drinking is likely to be available in the warmer seasons. Well worth a visit.
Pub Operator: Urban Island Brewing Co.
Reviewed 2nd December 2017
Photographed 2nd December 2017