The Still & West, Old Portsmouth

POPULAR The Still and West Pub at The Point in Old Portsmouth.  ''Picture: Steve Reid (121268-647)
POPULAR The Still and West Pub at The Point in Old Portsmouth. ''Picture: Steve Reid (121268-647)

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When it comes to getting the supplies in, staff at the Still and West never have to go far.

Sausages and meat for the pub in Bath Square, Old Portsmouth, come from butchers in Southsea.

And the cod and haddock for the menu’s famous fish and chips come from Johnson’s or Viviers fishmarkets in Old Portsmouth.

It’s a policy that staff at the pub – whose full name is the Still & West Country House – are proud of.

The inn, which dates back to the 18th century, is well-loved by locals and vistors alike for its spectacular sea views – and it’s a good spot to watch the ferries as they go to and from France and the Isle of Wight.

It has a restaurant and function room that can be hired as a venue for wedding receptions and parties.

Simon Pac-Pomarnacki, who has run the pub for the last two years, heads a team which is made up of 20 kitchen, restaurant and bar staff.

There are also two assistant managers and two team leaders.

Simon, 31, said: ‘During the summer months you get a lot of tourists, but we have a great selection of local regulars all year round.

‘I like to think I run a home from home.

‘It’s very much a family atmosphere.

‘It’s not a pub where you see people sitting around on bar stools.

‘There’s plenty of sofas where people can relax and enjoy themselves.’

The pub has four real ale pumps and specials on its restaurant menu include sirloin steak wrapped in parma ham and wild mushroom and boursin stuffed chicken.

In the downstairs bar people can choose to eat from a takeaway fish and chip menu.

In the summer the pub is planning to hold a real ale festival for the second year in a row.

Visitors will be treated to eight real ales from Fuller’s as well as more from local breweries during the bank holiday weekend event between August 24 and 27.

And there’s good news for customers who are strapped for cash – because all the beer will be sold at reduced prices.

‘Serving real ales is what we do best,’ Simon said.

‘We are renowned for the quality of our beers and we decided to hold another beer festival which shows what we have to offer people.

‘We’ll be serving most of the beer up straight from the barrels.

‘Before we managed to get some beers from Irving & Co Brewing in Drayton so we’re hoping to get some from there again.’