Pub Names – F

The Falcon¹
Kings Road
Falconry was a popular royal sport for centuries. The bird is also found regularly on various coats of arms.

The Falstaff¹
Nobbs Lane and St James Street
Referring to the popular Shakespearian character, Sir John Falstaff, who appeared in three of the bard’s plays.

The Farriers Arms¹
Lancaster Road
A once-common pub name when equestrian travel was the principal means of transporting goods and persons by road and referring to the many individuals whose job it was to shod horses. Many pubs with this name would display the coat of arms of the Worshipful Comapny of Farriers – containing a shield at its centre, depicting three horseshoes and supported by two rampant horses. The company’s motto was Vi et virtute – ‘By strength and by virtue’.

The Fawcett Inn
Fawcett Road
Occupying a prominent position on the street of the same name, this pub was named after Lieutenant Alexander Fawcett of the 95th Regiment, killed in Bejapore, India, whilst leading his company against mutineers on 5th September 1858.

The Festing Hotel
Highland Road
Named after Lieutenant Colonel Sir Francis Wogan Festing – 19th century commander of the Royal Marines who is buried in Highland Road cemetery a short distance away.

The Fifth Hants Volunteer Arms
Albert Road
This pub name recalls the 5th Hampshire Rifle Volunteer Corps (also known as Portsmouth RVC) that came into existence on 18th February 1860.

The Fighting Cocks¹
Queen Street
A name likely acknowledging the one-time existence of a nearby cockpit – despite cock fighting being outlawed as long ago as 1653 by Oliver Cromwell, it remained a popular pastime and gambling opportunity until stricter measures were introduced in an attempt to eradicate it.

The FitzClarence Tavern¹
Green Row
The FitzClarence family was an illegitimate branch of the Royal House of Hanover. The future King William IV had many illegitimate children with his mistress Dorothea Jordan, all of whom adopted the name FitzClarence.

The Five Alls¹
St George’s Square and Grigg Street
The inn sign for pubs with this name often depicts five individuals: a king (“I rule [for] all”) a priest (“I pray for all”), a lawyer (“I plead for all”), a soldier (“I fight for all”) and a labourer (“I work for all”).

The Five Bells¹
Prince George Street
A possible nautical reference indicating 2:30pm, or closing time, as the afternoon watch begins at midday.

The Florence Arms
Florence Road
The inn sign depicts an interpretation of the Florence family coat of arms. The family have been prominent in the Lorraine region of France for centuries.

The Florence Nightingale¹
Hyde Park Road
Named in honour of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), English social reformer, statistician, and the founder of modern nursing – most famous for her work throughout the Crimean War of 1853-56.

The Florist
Fratton Road
Named after a flower nursery that once existed nearby.

The Flying Squadron¹
Lake Road
Referring to the Detatched Squadrons of the Royal Navy – unarmed ships that were formed to undertake worldwide cruises for training and promotional purposes. Not a reference to aviation, as this pub predated the advent of powered flight by some years.

The Foresters¹
Various locations
Referring to the Ancient Order of Foresters, a ‘friendly society’ formed in 1834 and now based in nearby Southampton.

The Forfarshire Tavern¹
Oyster Street
Named in commemoration of the Forfarshire paddlesteamer that was wrecked on the Farne Islands, off the Northumberland coast in 1838. The indicent was famed for the rescue of the ship’s crew, instigated by heroine Grace Darling (1815-1842) and giving rise to the advent of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

The Fort Cumberland Arms
Eastney Road
Nearby Fort Cumberland was built around 1747 by the Duke of Cumberland to guard the entrance to Langstone Harbour.

The Fortitude Tavern³
Broad Street
Named in honour of HMS Fortitude – a 74-gun Royal Navy vessel that later served as a prison ship. Built on the Thames in 1780, she was broken up in 1820.

The Fountain
Numerous locations
Uncertain origin. May either be named after a well that once stood nearby, or possibly derived from the heraldic crest of the Plumbers Company.

The Frederick The Great¹
Brunswick Road
Named after King of Prussia, Friedrich II (1712-1786), militarian and great patron of the arts.

The Free Trader¹
Lancaster Road
A possible reference to Liberal politician and reformer Richard Cobden (1804-65), a significant campaigner in support of the Free Trade Doctrine, which became national UK policy between the years 1860 and 1932.

The Friend In Need¹
Twyford Avenue
Possibly just a sentimental name, however may also be a tongue-in-cheek reference to the pub’s customers, being friends in need of refreshment, which of course their host is happy to provide.

The Froddington Arms
Fratton Road
The name Froddington is listed in the Domesday Book as being a district on Portsea Island, made up of mainly rough grazing land. The name has since been corrupted to become Fratton.

The Furriers Arms¹
Lancaster Road
A furrier is a one who prepares or trades in furs.

The Fuzz & Firkin²
Victoria Road South
Modern pub name dreamt up by Allied Domecq breweries. The building formerly housed what was Southsea Police Station (the word Fuzz being colloquial English for the police force). A firkin is a nine gallon cask of ale.

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