PUBS IN PORTSMOUTH AND SOUTHSEA
According to the British Guild of Beer Writers, "Portsmouth has 12 pubs per square mile" the highest density in the UK and "almost double the number of pubs per square mile than London" source: https://www.beerguild.co.uk
Although Portsmouth has lost a lot of pubs in the past, due to Second World War bombing, pubs going out of business or just due to redevelopment, there are still great deal of excellent pubs to visit in Portsmouth and Southsea.
We have only included pubs actually situated on Portsea Island to try and limit the long list, if your favourite pub is missing this may be why. However if we have overlooked a Portsmouth Pub that should be listed, please just let us know using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try and include it as soon as possible, thanks.
Formerly the American Bar, the Abarbistro is located in the heart of Old Portsmouth, opposite the Camber fish market and round the corner from St Thomas' Cathedral. The original building at the Abar dates back to the 1780s it was damaged by bombing during the second world war.
The Abarbistro is now a modern family run bistro with an wide ranging international menu with a good choice of sea food. The bistro also has an extensive wine list and a selection of cask ales to choose from.
Address: 58 White Hart Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2JA
Telephone: 02392 811585
The Admiral Drake
Address: 8 Kingston Crescent, Portsmouth, PO2 8DH
Telephone: 02392 651599
The Apsley House
The Apsley House is tucked away on Auckland Road West just back from the seafront at Southsea.
The pub has one large bar serving three real ales, pub games include darts and a pool table.
Outside there is a small patio area which is good during the summer months.
Address: 13 Auckland Road W, Southsea, PO5 3NY
Telephone: 02392 821294
The Artillery Arms
Address: Hester Road, Southsea, PO4 8HB
Telephone: 02392 733610
The Auckland Arms
The Auckland Arms pub is located a street back from Southsea Seafront on the corner of Auckland Road West and Netley Road.
The pub is named after the 1st Earl of Auckland, George Eden, the pub sign shows the Eden family coat of arms.
The Auckland has a quirky layout as it was originally two different houses which have been knocked together in the past, there is an entrance on both Auckland Road and nets Road.
The bar areas are cosy serving a range of cask ales, the pub regularly hosts live music events.
Address: Netley Road, Southsea, PO5 3NB
Telephone: 07798 737368
A Greene King pub The Baffins is situated just across the road from Baffins Pond nature reserve in Copnor.
This local serves food from lunch time into the evening, there is a separate kids menu, vegan menu and a seniors menu, daily deals are available. Outside there is a beer garden with views across to Baffins Pond.
Address: 127 Tangier Road, Portsmouth, PO3 6PD
Telephone: 02392 660830
The Barley Mow
The Barley Mow is a friendly family pub in the heart of Southsea on Castle Road.
The Barley Mow boasts a wide range of cask ales including five guest ales one of which is always a mild, stout or porter. There is a lounge bar and public bar with two darts boards, pool table and bar billiards table. The pub is Cask Approved and is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
The pub has a brilliant, award winning, beer garden at the rear where barbeques are held during the summer.
Address: 39 Castle Road, Southsea, PO5 3D
Dating from the 1870s, The Bold Forester on the corner of Albert Road and Fawcett Road is a Greene King pub so Old Speckled Hen, Abbot Ale and Greene King IPA are all on offer.
The Bold Forester has a full menu available from 11.00am to 9.00pm, the menu includes sharing dishes, sandwiches and toasties, fish and chips, pub classics, burgers, pies and Sunday roasts. At the rear of the pub is a large courtyard beer garden.
Address: 177 Albert Road, Southsea, PO4 0JW
Telephone: 02392 838743
The Brewers Tap
Address: 177 Eastney Road, Southsea, PO4 8EA
Brewhouse and Kitchen
The Brewhouse and Kitchen, formerly the White Swan, is on Guildhall Walk in central Portsmouth next door to the New Theatre Royal.
The pub brews it's own beers in the onsite microbrewery where you can book to take part in a brewing experience. The ales brewed here include Mucky Duck Bitter, Black Swan IPA, George Anson Stout and Crafty tropical IPA.
There is a wide range of food available from the kitchen including small plates and starters, burgers, toasted ciabatta and main courses, Sunday roasts. There is a separate childrens menu to choose from.
Address: 26 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth PO1 2DD
Telephone: 02392 891340
The Bridge Tavern
The Bridge Tavern in Old Portsmouth sits right on the side of the historic Camber Dock. There is a large single bar on the ground floor serving Fullers ales, with plenty of seating, there is even more seating outside along the dock side overlooking the fishing boats.
The Bridge Tavern has a wide food menu serving all of your favourite pub meals including, not surprisingly, fish and chips.
The pub is surrounded by boat storage facilities and fishing boats and is neighboured by the Ben Ainslie Racing team headquarters.
Address: 54 East Street, Portsmouth, PO1 2JJ
Telephone: 02392 752992
The British Queen
The British Queen is a large Victorian pub located on the corner of Queen's Road and St Stephens Road in North End.
There is one bar plus a separate function room, the pub has a small beer garden.
Address: 18 Queen's Road, Portsmouth, PO2 7NA
Telephone: 07990 786949
The Castle Tavern pub is located on the corner of Somers Road and Aldwell Street in Somers Town.
The building has the unusual features of twin castellated towers on either side of the main doorway. A traditional local pub with a courtyard beer garden at the front.
Address: 119 Somers Road, Southsea, PO5 4PT
Telephone: 02392 863858
Coach and Horses
On London Road at Hilsea, The Coach and Horses is an impressive historic looking pub. It was designed by local architect AE Cogswell in 1929 in a baronial castle style and therefore appears much older than it actually is.
The Coach and Horses is a Greene King pubs serving their range of beers and ciders. The pub has a wide range of pub food and often has special deals on food.
Address: London Road, Portsmouth, PO2 9SE
Telephone: 02392 660533
Address: 128 Elm Grove, Southsea, PO5 1LR
Telephone: 02392 822000
The Derby Tavern
Address: 43 Stamshaw Road, Portsmouth, PO2 8LG
Telephone: 02392 664208
Situated in the middle of Guildhall Walk in Portsmouth, The Dockyard is a large, popular student pub.
Food is served at the Dockyard from 11am until 10pm with a wide range of dishes available including a good choice of vegetarian and vegan options.
The pub is popular for watching TV sports events such as football, rugby and Formula 1.
Address: 13-19 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, PO1 2RY
Telephone: 02392 863341
The Dolphin on the High Street at Old Portsmouth claims to be Portsmouth's oldest pub having been established in 1716, a claim contested by the George Hotel in Queen Street. The competition seems to be only in the wording of whether each establishment was a pub or hotel at formation, the Dolphin being older by some 68 years.
The bar area at the Dolphin is definitely historic with stone flag floors, roof beams and plenty of historic memorabilia. There is a range of cask ales from the local Irving Brewery to choose from. There is an extensive food menu available, food being served from breakfast through to dinner. Separate childrens menu available.
Address: 41 High Street, Portsmouth, PO1 2LU
Telephone: 02392 820762
The Druid's Arms
Address: 13 Binsteed Road, Portsmouth, PO2 7PH
Telephone: 02392 666141
Duke of Buckingham
The Duke of Buckingham is on the High Street at Old Portsmouth and is well known for it's excellent food especially the Sunday roasts.
The pub is located on the site of the Green Dragon in the 19th century, was renamed the Cambridge Tavern in the 1850s, probably due to its proximity to the Cambridge Barracks, becoming the Duke of Buckingham in the 1920s.
This traditional pub has a great range of cask ales, ciders, wines and spirits.
Address: 119 High Street, Portsmouth, PO1 2HW
Telephone: 02392 827067
Duke Of DevonshireThe Duke of Devonshire pub is on the corner of Albert Road and Boulton Road in the heart of Southsea.
This is a traditional corner local with bare floorboards and memorabilia on the walls some of it photos of the pub itself in years gone by.
There are some cask ales on offer, a jukebox and a small beer garden at the back of the pub.
Address: 119 Albert Road, Southsea, PO5 2SQ
Telephone: 02392 045776
The Eastfield Hotel
Located on Prince Albert Road in Eastney The Eastfield Hotel pub is a comfortable local with a small beer garden at the rear.
The Eastfield was designed by prominent local architect A.E Cogswell and the elaborate exterior tiled facade, ornate window cappings and roof turrets are trade mark Cogswell design.
The pub has two welcoming bars and a nice range of real ales to choose from.
Address: Prince Albert Road, Southsea, PO4 9HT
Telephone: 02392 865530
The Eastney Tavern
The Eastney Tavern in Southsea is located on the corner of Cromwell Road and St Georges Road, opposite the Marines Barracks, the Eastney Tavern has always been a favourite with Southsea diners. This is a great pub serving a wide range of real ales and also serving delicious, great value food.
The Tav' serves up all your favourite pub food such as burgers, steaks and sea food as well as more surprising dishes. There are themed nights such curry night on Thursday, don't forget the Sunday Lunches, also daily specials are displayed on the restaurant mirror. Booking is recommended as this is always a popular destination.
Address: 100 Cromwell Road, Southsea, PO4 9PN
Telephone: 02392 826246
Built originally for the Eldridge Pope brewery The Eldon Arms is half way down, or up, Eldon Street in Southsea.
This is a spacious Victorian style pub with an ornate tiled facade, at the rear there is a secluded beer garden.
Several cask ales are usually on offer, there is an extensive food menu including starters, light bites, chefs specials, burgers and burritos.
Address: 11-17 Eldon Street, Southsea, PO5 4BS
Telephone: 02392 297963
The Electric Arms
On the corner of Fratton Road and Newcome Road is The Electric Arms pub built in 1924 to a design by Portsmouth Architect AE Cogswell. Not as elaborate as some of his other designs The Electric Arms is decorated with Cogswell's characteristic glazed tiles.
This is cosy traditional corner local with lots of black and white photos depicting the history of the area.
There are regular games evenings, charity events and quizzes, live TV sport is shown.
Address: 192 Fratton Road, Portsmouth, PO1 5HD
Telephone: 02392 610910
Part of the Hungry Horse group The Farmhouse is a large family friendly pub located on Burrfields Road, adjacent to Portsmouth Golf Centre.
The Farmhouse has large bar areas and indoor and outdoor play areas for children. There are pool tables in a separate room and live TV sports events are screened.
Food is served all day including breakfast, lunch and dinner and there is a large menu to choose from. There are often special offers on meals and drinks.
Address: Burrfields Road, Portsmouth PO3 5HH
Telephone: 02392 650510
The Fat Fox
The Fat Fox at the end of Albert Road in Southsea has a large open bar area and a second room with sofas and comfy seating.
The pub is popular for watching TV sporting events such as six nations rugby or football, it has a large stage area where live music and bands perform regularly. The Fat Fox has hosted bands such as Scouting for Girls, Drenge, Sleaford Mods, George Ezra in the past.
Upstairs is The Atrium a cosy cocktail bar serving all of your favourite cocktails and spirits.
Address: 11-13 Victoria Road South, PO5 2SP
Telephone: 02392 356255
The Fawcett Inn
The Fawcett Inn, designed by Alfred Bone and built in 1878, is on the corner of Fawcett Road and Lawrence Road in Southsea.
The name of the road and the pub, refers to Lieutenant Alexander Fawcett who died aged 20 during the Indian Mutiny (1857-1858). A picture of him can be seen on the pub sign.
A Southsea local the Fawcett Inn has a pool table and dart board, there are regular quizs and live music evenings. Irving cask ales are on tap and Thai and Laos food is served lunchtimes and in the evenings.
Address: 176 Fawcett Road, Southsea, PO4 0DP
Telephone: 02392 298656
The Festing Hotel
Address: 1A Festing Road, Southsea, PO4 0NG
Telephone: 02392 825560
The Fifth Hants Volunteer Arms
On the corner of Albert Road and Napier Road in Southsea, The Fifth Hants Volunteer Arms has a tradition of serving cask ales, this was the founding site of the local CAMRA branch.
This is now a Fullers pub so London Pride, Seafarers and Fullers HSB will be on offer, as well as ciders and cocktails.
The pub has two bars, the main bar has bare wood floors, the smaller bar is more snug and has a lot of memorabilia about the pub, the fifth hants hosts regular live music events and live TV sports.
Address: 74 Albert Road, Southsea, PO5 2SL
Telephone: 02392 822245
Sitting on the corner of King Henry I Street and Spring Gardens The Fleet is right in the centre of the University of Portsmouth quarter, opposite Portsmouth Guildhall in the city centre. Due to its location the pub is popular with students, city centre workers and visitors alike.
The historic building was originally a Royal Navy fire station, it was converted into a pub in 1997 by the Firkin pub group.
The pub serves food and has a lovely beer garden to the side and rear of the pub with comfortable seating for a sunny day.
Address: 1 King Henry I Street, Portsmouth, PO1 2PT
Telephone: 02393 830150
The Florence Arms
The Florence Arms is a gastro pub close to Southsea Seafront on the corner of Florence Road and St Catherine Street.
There is a range of beers and ciders on tap as well an extensive wine and spirits list. The menu includes light bites, sandwiches, starters and main courses such as steaks, vegetarian dishes plus a full range of Sunday roasts.
Address: 18-20 Florence Road, Southsea, PO5 2NE
Telephone: 02392 007888
With its half timbered top floor, false tower and tiled facade, The Florist at North End is a classic AE Cogswell designed pub from 1924.
The Florist is a friendly local pub serves a range of cask ales, the pub regularly holds quiz nights, DJs and music events.
The pub has two bars with a beer garden at the rear, plus a function room that can be hired for private events.
Address: 324 Fratton Road, Portsmouth, PO1 5JX
Telephone: 02392 814994
The Fort Cumberland Arms
The Fort Cumberland Arms sits on the corner of Eastney Road and Devonshire Avenue in Southsea.
The pub has a small beer garden at the side, dart board, juke box and a pool table in a separate bar.
The pub hosts regular disco evenings at weekends where Dr Funkenstein is a favourite, live TV sports are also shown.
Address: 125 Eastney Road, Southsea, PO4 9JB
The Fountain in North End is an imposing brick built Victorian style pub on London Road. This is another Portsmouth Pub designed by AE Cogswell, built for the Pike Spicer Brewery in the early 1900s.
This is a Craft Union Pub and shows sports every day on large screen TVs, there are regular deals on drinks.
The Fountain has darts, a pool table, free wi-fi and holds regular live music events.
Address: 163 London Road, Portsmouth, PO2 9AA
Telephone: 0121 272 5499
Address: 55 Fratton Road, Portsmouth, PO1 5AB
Telephone: 02392 823391
The Froddington Arms
Located on the corner of Fratton Road and Somers Road North, The Froddington Arms is a nice high street corner local.
There have been a number of pubs on this site in the past, the current pub The Froddington Arms is named after the Saxon name for Fratton, Froddington, meaning "Frodda's Farm" or "Frodda's village".
The pub has a pool table and holds regular live music events most weekends, the Froddington is a popular pre match pub when Pompey are playing at home.
Address: 55 Fratton Road, Portsmouth, PO1 5AB
The George Hotel
On the corner of Queens Street and Hawke Street, The George is the last surviving eighteenth century pub in Portsmouth, the bar and other public rooms are packed with naval pictures and memorabilia which helps give it it's distinctive atmosphere.
The George has 10 en-suite bedrooms, all of which have tea and coffee making facilities and TV's. The hotel offers parking in the Historic Dockyard car park across the road at a 50% discount on the normal price. The George serves a wide range of Real Ales and traditional seasonal food is served in the restaurant.
Address: 84 Queen Street, Portsmouth, PO1 3HU
Telephone: 02392 753885
George and Dragon
The George and Dragon is an imposing mock Tudor Victorian style pub on Kingston Road in North End.
With its half timbered upper floor and glazed tiling this is a classic A.E Cogswell designed pub which was built in 1926.
There is one large bar area with darts boards, pool tables and outside is a patio style garden. The pub sometimes has live music and open mic' evenings. A range of pub food is served and Sunday Roasts.
Address: 137 Kingston Road, Portsmouth, PO2 7EB
Telephone: 02392 734649
The Golden Eagle
Located on the corner of Delaware Road and Fawcett Road in Southsea, The Golden Eagle has two large bar areas, seating outside at the front of the pub and a small patio garden at the back.
The Golden Eagle is now a Fullers pub serving their range of cask ales. The walls of the bars are wood panelled with a small corridor between. A traditional Victorian corner pub it has a cosy atmosphere and is popular with locals.
Address: 1 Delamere Road, Southsea, PO4 0JA
Telephone: 02392 365082
The Golden Hind is located on Copnor Road, between Green Lane and Gatcombe Avenue in Copnor.
Built in 1929 The Golden Hind is a large mock Tudor pub now operated by Greene King. It is part of the Flame Grill chain, it has an extensive food menu, with a separate kids menu and seniors menu.
The pub serves a range of Greene King beers, there is a pool table, a patio garden and further outdoor seating at the front.
Address: 384 Copnor Road, Portsmouth, PO3 5EN
Telephone: 02392 662444
Address: 2 Eastern Road, Portsmouth, PO3 6ES
Telephone: 02392 825206
Address: 19 London Road, Portsmouth, PO2 0BQ
The Great Salterns Mansion
Address: Eastern Road, Portsmouth, PO3 6QB
Telephone: 02392 651051
The Greenwich Brewpub
Address: 39 Osborne Road, Southsea, PO5 3LR
Telephone: 02393 812439
The Graham Arms is a large AE Cogswell designed pub on George Street in Copnor.
This friendly local is a Wadsworth pub serves food at lunchtime and has a small beer garden at the rear.
A short walk to Portsmouth Football Club's Fratton Park, the Graham Arms is a popular spot on match days.
The pub hosts regular quiz nights, disco and karaoke evenings.