Five proper pubs in Portsmouth

The Ship Anson, The Hard, Portsmouth
The Ship Anson, The Hard, Portsmouth
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Looking for a proper pub in Pompey? Here are five of the best...

The Dolphin

41 High Street

A great example of a self-styled ‘village pub’ in the heart of Old Portsmouth, The Dolphin is also the city’s oldest watering hole, dating back to 1716. Modern renovations have left original features intact, including a window frame said to have been signed by Nelson.

The Hole In The Wall

36 Great Southsea Street

The Hole In The Wall has consistently won the CAMRA pub of the year, which is testament to their ever-changing casks on offer. There’s also a menu featuring sausage and mash and sandwiches.

The Duke of Buckingham

119 High Street

The Duke of Buckingham is a classic pub for grabbing a pint. It’s quiet, cosy and (like any good pub) has all manner of strange paraphernalia tucked in every nook and cranny.

The Tap

17 London Road

The Tap has a family-friendly atmosphere and welcoming staff. They are renowned for serving great home-made food at reasonable prices, including their award-winning roasts. Weekends get livelier with a variety of entertainment.

The Ship Anson

10 The Hard

An iconic naval pub for sailors on shore leave, located on The Hard just outside the historic dockyard, The Ship Anson’s striking mock Tudor frontage hints at its historical significance. Offering a range of real ales and food.