It’s a pub crawl through the centre of Portsmouth featuring 13 boozers - but you have no chance of getting drunk.
A combination of research from our files and information on the excellent website portsmouthpubs.org
has thrown up this route from just south of Kingston Crescent to just north of Fratton Bridge, with the only catch being that all the pubs featured are among the many in Portsmouth that are now closed.
We’ll start at The Whitehall in Kingston Road. It closed its doors 15 years ago and shortly afterwards was badly damaged by fire. The burned-out shell remained for a few years before the old pub was knocked down and converted into flats.
Onto The Shaftesbury in Kingston Road, a Friary Meux pub sold to Gales in the 1990s. But it didn’t survive, and is now a residential block bearing the name Shaftesbury Mews.
Next stop is The Old Trafalgar in Fratton Road, which still has the name on the roof. It once housed the Trafalgar Brewery and was variously run by Long’s Brickwoods and Whitbread before closing in 1981, after which it was converted to flats.
Now for a quick detour to visit The Salutation just around the corner in New Road. It was universally known as The Sally and was a great venue for live music. The pub shut in 1993.
On to The Tramway Arms in Kingston Road, which still bears the distinctive Portsmouth United Breweries cypher. It closed in the 1980s and is now an Indian restaurant.
Next it’s a pint at The Contented Pig in Fratton Road, It went by a few names over the years including the Shipwright’s Arms, the Museum Gardens, the Frog and Frigate and the Landmark. It was famed for live music and for some time after its demise in 2007, the blackboard outside still displayed upcoming gigs. Earlier this year, the demolition men finally moved in.
Another quick detour now along St Mary’s Road to The Castle Bannerman on the corner of Samuel Road, opposite the Battle of Minden. The pub shut in the mid-1970s and was converted to residential use.
Also in St Mary’s Road stood The St Mary’s Arms at the junction of Olinda Street. It was regularly praised in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide but succumbed to changing fortunes in 2006. The site is now occupied by flats.
Back into Fratton Road and a swift one at The Penhale Arms, which sported the traditional Brickwoods Tudor fascia. The Penhale closed in 1982 and was converted into a shop.
Time for a pint at The Unicorn at the junction of Fratton Road and Sheffield Road, once known as the Old Red House. It closed in 2003 and was demolished to make way for new apartments.
Now a quick visit to The Guardsman, just south of the junction with Arundel Street. The one-time Brickwoods inn was reputedly haunted by a lady, a small boy and a cat. It closed in 2007.
On to The Dog & Duck in Fratton Road, which was formed from two old cottages. It closed in the early 1980s and later became home to a day nursery. A Dog and Duck sign still stands outside.
Finally, across the road to The Magpie (pictured) - a traditional Portsmouth boozer. Despite its popularity it shut in 2008 and was converted to flats.
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