Inside the new O’Neill’s in Southsea after the old Victoria and Albert pub is revamped

EXCITEMENT has grown in Southsea after a popular pub reopened with a new name and a complete revamp.

Friday, 25th January 2019, 10:04 am
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 7:02 pm
General manager Craig McCloud. Picture: Sarah Standing (240119-7004)

What used to be the Victoria and Albert in Albert Road has now become O’Neill’s – an Irish-themed pub with more than 30 branches across the country.

Among the changes are a new food menu, a number of new craft beers and a complete refurbishment inside.

Manager Craig McCloud said: ‘O’Neill’s is a great brand and this is a great pub, with a huge reputation in Portsmouth.

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Luke Raeside, 32, and Mark Bowler, 35, from Portsmouth. Picture: Sarah Standing (240119-6974)

‘We were only closed for three weeks for the refurbishment but if feels great to be back open and trading.

‘We have lots of plans for the pub, such as live entertainment and that sort of thing.’

The restaurant received a refurbishment from top to bottom, which has gone down a treat with punters.

Mark Bowler, 35, from Portsmouth, was drinking with his friend Luke Raeside, 32.

Jackie Gleaves, left, celebrating her 64th birthday with friend Jenny Christie, both from Southsea. Picture: Sarah Standing (240119-6980)

He said: ‘We were regulars here when it was the Victoria and Albert.

‘I’m really liking the new look of the pub – it’s a lot more modern and looks absolutely fantastic.

‘There might not be a pool table any more but there are a lot more seats.’

Jackie Gleaves, 64, was out celebrating her birthday with her friend Jenny Christie, 63.

O'Neill's Picture: Sarah Standing (240119-6979)

Jackie said: ‘It looks lovely in here and I think it’s really nice.

‘I’m also really liking the idea of having all the seating on one level.

‘The new menu is interesting – I’ll probably have a burger or something, followed by plenty of drinks.’

Mr McCloud says that he cannot decide on his favourite changes to the pub.

The former Victoria & Albert pub in Albert Road, Southsea, has been revamped and opened it's doors as O'Neill's. Picture: Sarah Standing (240119-6969)

He explained: ‘Everything has been changed and I can’t really pick out one single thing.

‘We have a brilliant new food menu with Irish flair, a lot more craft beers and more premium lagers.

‘The pub looks fantastic and I’m a huge fan of the beer garden outside – we can’t wait to show the Six Nations there.

‘I’d love to have everyone come and see us to enjoy the craic – I think it’s going to be a real surprise to people when they first come inside.

‘Some people might have been apprehensive about the change, but I think they’re going to love it.’

From left, team members Emily Waller and Alex Howard with general manager Craig McCloud Picture: Sarah Standing (240119-6987)
The former Victoria & Albert pub in Albert Road, Southsea, has been revamped and opened it's doors as O'Neill's. Picture: Sarah Standing (240119-2017)