Pub Names – V

The Valiant Sailor/Soldier/Trooper¹
Surrey Street
This pub appears to have had various name changes between the years of 1716 and 1830, however they all are in acknowledgement of the bravery of members of the armed forces.

The Vat¹
Arundel Street
Named after a variety of barrel, used for the containment and transportation of various alcoholic beverages.

The Vectis Tavern¹
Grand Parade
Vectis was the ancient Roman name for the Isle of Wight – located four miles to the south of Portsmouth and divided from it by the Solent – an inlet of the English Channel.

The Victoria¹
Numerous locations
Named in honour of HM Queen Victoria (1837-1901).

The Victoria & Albert
Victoria Road South
Housed in Southsea’s former police station, this pub stands at the junction of Victoria Road South and Albert Road – named in turn after Britain’s 19th century monarch and her consort.

The Victory
The Hard and Charlotte Street¹
Named after HMS Victory, Lord Horatio Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar, which is berthed in dry dock nearby and is still a commissioned ship.

The Viking¹
Arundel Street
Named after the Scandinavian marauders that invaded Britain between the eigth and eleventh centuries. Also of note is that the Royal Navy operated a Tribal-class destroyer by the name of HMS Viking, launched in 1909 and sold for scrap in 1919. She was the only destroyer ever to have six funnels.

The Villiers Inn²
Palmerston Road
Named after the Villiers family, the Earls of Clarendon, who held high office in the Royal Navy in the 19th Century.

The Vine¹
Various location
Often a reference to the heraldic symbol of the Worshipful Company of Distillers, whose coat of arms includes a depiction of a grapevine. The name may also refer to a hop vine – hops being a primary ingredient of beer.

The Volunteer¹
Various location
A reference to the various volunteer regiments of the army (or navy) – in particular those of the 18th century during the wars with France, when Napoleon was threatening an invasion of England.

The Vulcan¹
Paradise Row (Union Road)
The Royal Navy has operated eight ships by the name of HMS Vulcan since the early 18th century.

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