Pompey’s lost pub crawls (Part 3)

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Here’s the third in our series of lost Pompey pub crawls - imaginary journeys between pubs that are now closed.

Today we’re wandering from Eastney to Milton.

Information is from our own files and from the excellent website portsmouthpubs.org.

We’ll start at the The British Flag in Kassassin Street, Eastney. This small but popular pub with a patriotic name is now private residences after Whitbread shut it around 25 years ago. The pub probably drew its name from the street, which commemorates successful battles by British forces against Egyptian nationalists in 1882 at Kassassin, a stronghold near The Nile.

Now we’ll pop to the corner of Eastney Road for a pint in The Cellars - and probably the chance to catch a band performing. It’s still hard to believe that the music venue popular far afield was forced to finally close its doors earlier this year.

Northwards along Eastney Road now to The Barrack Cellars on the corner of Henderson Road. It was one of several pubs in the area that drew its name from the Royal Marines base there. It was run by Portsmouth United Breweries, Brickwoods and finally Whitbread before being knocked down for road widening in 1972.

Now a quick pop across the road to The Mayflower, at the eastern end of Highland Road.

It sported a distinctive cottage-style appearance but served it last pints in 2007 after being purchased by a property company.

Up to the junction of Eastney Road and Bransbury Road now for our next stop, The Cumberland Tavern. Commonly known as Charlie Hurdles, it was closed in 1989 and converted into apartments.

A quick detour now to Shirley Avenue in Milton to visit the green-clad Old Canal Inn. Its beautiful glazed brickwork was a sight to behold. Named after the abandoned Portsmouth and Arundel Canal that ran close by,it closed in 2013 to become a convenience store.

Back to the main road now for a pint at Portsmouth’s ‘Presidential pub’ The White House. Standing on the corner of Goldsmith Avenue, it was an imposing building painted in the colour of its name. It’s jukebox at one point sported a hand-written record label to ‘I Left my Hat in San Francisco’! Flats now stand on the site of The White House, which shut in 2011.

Finally, north along Milton Road for a last pint at, as befits a weary wanderer, The Traveller’s Joy. Commonly known as ‘The Trav’ the pub (pictured) was a popular haunt for Pompey fans heading for nearby Fratton Park. It shut four years ago and was quickly demolished to be replaced by flats and a vet’s surgery.

Follow the links to read our previous lost pub crawls:-

Pompey’s lost pub crawl

Pompey’s lost pub crawls (Part 2)