Pub Names – K

The Kent¹
Barrack Street and St Mary’s Street
see Ship Kent

The Keppel’s Head³
The Hard
Named after Admiral Augustus Keppel (1725-1786), first flag officer of HMS Victory at the Battle of Ushant in 1778.

The Kimberley Arms³
Somers Road
Most likely to be named after the Siege of Kimberley of 1899-1900 during the Boer War in South Africa.

The King & Queeen²
The Hard and Oyster Street
Often a reference to William & Mary, the co-regents of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1689-94. However, Portsmouth’s pub on The Hard actually referred to the two chess pieces.

The King of Prussia¹
Broad Street
Friedrich II, also known as Frederick the Great (1712-1786), King of Prussia from 1740 until 1786.

The King of the Forest¹
Upper Church Path
This refers to a colloquial term for the Oak tree – particularly relevant in Portsmouth as the timber from which the Royal Navy’s fleet was built.

The Kings Hotel
Albert Road
Named as such in 1910 and therefore likely to have been dedicated to King George V, who ascended the throne in that year. Also, the pub is located directly opposite the King’s Theatre. Nowadays the pub depicts images of George III and Henry VIII on its two inn signs.

The Kraken Wakes³
St Michael’s Road
Named after a 1953 sci-fi novel by American author John Wyndham.

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