With yet another Portsmouth public house, The Taswell in Taswell Road, closing I wonder where it will all end. I paid £3.30 for a pint last week in a Southsea pub, so if that keeps up it will not be long before the whole of Portsea Island is ‘dry.’
Sue Roberts dropped me a line about better times in the pub trade. I wrote a guide to pubs in Portsmouth in 1934 a few weeks ago and her great uncle Alfred George Weeks was the landlord of the Criterion in Commercial Road.
His sister, Sue’s grandmother Beatrice Clegg, was the landlady of the Falcon in Kings Road. This pub was destroyed in the Blitz of 1941.
Alfred’s son Dennis went on to run The Railway Cellars in Greetham Street and The Tramway Arms, now an Indian restaurant, on the corner of Lake Road and Kingston Road.