Pompey’s lost pub crawls (Part 2)

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Here’s another of Pompey’s lost pub crawls.

It was suggested by Scott Yule, who posted a comment on our Facebook page after reading our story about some of the pubs that have closed on the Kingston Road - Fratton Road run in the middle of Portsmouth.

Scott’s ‘lost’ crawl starts in Hilsea and winds through Tipner and Stamshaw and then Rudmore. As previously, information comes from our own files and from the website portsmouthpubs.org

We’ll start at The Oakwood in Northern Parade, Hilsea, who opened just before the war and survived for more than 70 years before being shut. The former Whitbread pub ended its days in the ownership of Punch Taverns, closing six years ago. It is now one of several former pubs in Portsmouth converted into convenience stores - in this case, the Co-op.

Heading south, we arrive at The Avenue Hotel in Twyford Avenue, Stamshaw. It used to be a favourite with punters attending the greyhound racing at the nearby stadium (now sadly also no more). The Avenue shut its doors in 2012 and is now a collection of flats.

Our next stop, further along Twyford Avenue, is The Stamshaw Hotel - a proper local pub popular with residents. It featured a good selection of traditional pub games. But changing times caught up with The Stamshaw and it shut down five years ago.

Now The Original Twyford Arms which stood on the junction of Twyford Avenue and Stanley Road. It was run by Ind Coope and then Gales but is now converted to residential use.

On to Stamshaw Road and The Mediterranean with its distinctive tiled frontage. The pub shut in the late 1970s but the ornate mural at first floor level still survives, along with the pub’s iron and glass canopy.

Down to the southern tip of Twyford Avenue now for a pint in The Beresford which served ale to thirsty locals from the 1800s until its eventual demise five years ago. The site is now occupied by flats.

Carefully across the road to The Air Balloon, in Mile End, (pictured), an ornate pub built in Tudor style. It closed around ten years ago and, in 2007, was badly damaged in an arson attack which destroyed some of its distinctive stained glass windows. These have been replicated in the building, now converted for accommodation.

Finally, through the underpass into the Portsmouth International Port for a last pint in The Rudmore Cellars. This Victorian pub stood for many years in the ferryport, offering last drinks for those leaving England and a welcoming return pint for travellers arriving home. It was demolished in April 2009.