Brothels and taverns, alehouses and inns, Portsmouth has seen them all.
Many of our drinking establishments have historic and literary associations, as well as stories of their own to tell.
Most of the older ones can be found in and around Portsmouth Harbour, including the survivors of the numerous pubs that once clustered around the dockyard, providing food and drink for sailors.
Others date from the expansion of the city beyond the old defences and became focal points for new communities.
Even the newest have characters of their own and those on the waterside, such as at Spice Island and Langstone Harbour, allow the pleasure of enjoying a drink while taking in views of everyday life.
In his newly-published book Portsmouth Pubs Author Steve Wallis takes an affectionate pub crawl through the watering holes of Portsmouth, looking at those that have survived town planning, management companies, and economic downturn, and the changing and evolving use of the much loved ‘local’.
As they turn the pages, readers can mingle with locals, encounter the odd ghost, gasp at grisly tales and enjoy the rich tapestry of Portsmouth’s drinking life.
• Portsmouth Pubs by Steve Wallis is published by Amberley at £14.99.
DEATH OF A MUCH-LOVED SALESMAN
I’m sad to report the death of a great fan of and contributor to Remember When over the years – Douglas Sharp the former managing director of United Services Garages in Portsmouth. He was 92. His funeral is at St Mary’s Church, Hayling Island, at 2pm on Friday and anyone who knew him is welcome to attend. His daughter Amanda says the annual summer reunion of former USG employees will still take place (for the final time and hosted by her) at lunchtime at the Robin Hood, Rowlands Castle, on Sunday, July 30 – in her father’s honour. Again, all welcome.