Yet another distinctive Portsmouth pub lost to ‘progress’

The Kingston Tavern, Kingston Road, Portsmouth, before the Second World War and, below, the building today
The Kingston Tavern, Kingston Road, Portsmouth, before the Second World War and, below, the building today
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I wonder how many of you used this pub? It is The Kingston Tavern which was located just north of New Road junction in Kingston Road, Portsmouth.

It was a traditional pub with tiles on the front advertising its wares – rum, brandy, port, ales and bitter.

jpns-24-09-14 rw Kingston Tavern now''Now. The former Kingston Tavern now flats. Note the  scroll work still in situ.

jpns-24-09-14 rw Kingston Tavern now''Now. The former Kingston Tavern now flats. Note the scroll work still in situ.

Upstairs, drinkers could have a game of billiards.

In the middle of the last century the landlord was Thomas Pratt, a former butler at Idsworth House near Rowlands Castle.

His son William loaned me this photograph of the pub, which closed in 1999.

Today nothing remains, apart from the scroll work either side of where the pub’s name used to sit.

All the tiles have gone and the windows replaced and the building converted into flats.

I have to say it is quite characterless.