Merchant House sister pub The Greenwich Brew Pub opens in Southsea following Belle Isle closure

A NEW pub has officially opened in the heart of Southsea after months of refurbishment.

Friday, 5th July 2019, 10:32 am
Updated Friday, 5th July 2019, 1:26 pm
An exterior view of The Greenwich View Pub in Osborne Road, Southsea, which has officially opened. Picture: Greenwich Brew Pub on Facebook

Owners of The Greenwich Brew Pub in Osborne Road say trade is ‘going really well’ since a soft launch on Tuesday. 

The sparkling new venue occupies the unit formerly taken up by the Belle Isle, which closed in April

With an emphasis on craft beer, it has 16 beers on tap with wine and gin menus in tow. 

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An exterior view of The Greenwich View Pub in Osborne Road, Southsea, which has officially opened. Picture: Greenwich Brew Pub on Facebook

Flavoured rums and whiskies are also available, to help wash down helpings from the pub’s Nice Slice kitchen team – which specialises in 20in pizzas, giant pizza slices, wings, nuggets, loaded fries, burgers and vegan options. 

Co-owner of The Greenwich Brew Pub, Ben Miles, said: ‘We started with a soft opening so we could help the staff and the kitchen find their feet and it’s all gone very well so far.

‘Although it was unannounced, Tuesday and Wednesday were busy for trading and the food is coming out really well.’

With Race for Life events set to descend on Southsea on Saturday and Sunday and temperatures of 23C forecast, the 34-year-old is hopeful the Greenwich’s debut weekend will help it find its flow. 

The bar of the Greenwich Brew Pub in Osborne Road, which replaces the Belle Isle. Picture: Ben Miles

‘I will be in there for most of the the weekend and, being new, there are bound to be one or two teething problems,' he said.

‘But it will be great to chat with customers, see what they like, what they think can be improved and get a feel for the atmosphere.’ 

Bi-folding doors allow the Greenwich Brew Pub to extend on to Osborne Road with outside seating, with traditional seating, bench seating and large tables for groups inside.

The venue’s bar is long with bespoke green and black tiling and backs on to a large honeycomb-design mirror. 

The main seating area in the Greenwich Brew Pub in Osborne Road, which replaces the Belle Isle. Picture: Ben Miles

Through the back, self-confessed ‘nomad’ brewers Make Make will enjoy a long-term residency in the pub’s microbrewery, making its house IPA, Pizza Planet, among others. 

The Greenwich Brew Pub will open from midday this weekend and is the sister pub of The Merchant House in Highland Road. 

The Greenwich Brew Pub's microbrewery, which is occupied by Make Make. Picture: Ben Miles