Pompey’s Pink Pub

The Borough Arms became The Old Vic which became a meeting place for Portsmouth's gay community
The Borough Arms became The Old Vic which became a meeting place for Portsmouth's gay community
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The Tudor-styled Borough Arms in St Paul’s Road, Southsea.

Although much of the St Paul’s Road area was lost to German bombing in January 1941, including the well-loved St Paul’s Church, this pub was one of the survivors. After a change in more recent times, the Borough Arms became the Old Vic complete with sign depicting Queen Victoria. It was dubbed ‘Pompey’s Pink Pub’ in 1996 when a Portsmouth-based company called Good Time Girls bought the lease from Whitbread to run the pub as a meeting place for the city’s gay community.