Jolly Taxpayer

Hampshire - Portsmouth

A historic pub interior of regional importance

Listed Status: Not listed

2 Eastbourne Road
Portsmouth, Baffins

Tel: (023) 9264 3113

Real Ale: Yes

Public Transport: Near Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

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This fine community local was built in 1928 for Brickwoods brewery in a rather quirky sub-Arts andf Crafts style. It has an interior has considerable integrity, retaining two (was five) rooms plus a first-class example of an off-sales which, amazingly in the 21st century, is still functioning. The public bar was originally divided into three: see the three outside doors. It still has its original panelling, counter, back fittings, and a pair of red-brick fireplaces. Round the corner and facing the off-sales hatch is a set of drawers for cash etc in the back fitting. The lounge is panelled too, the wood being said to be Hungarian oak (Portsmouth News, 13 March 1980). The canopies over the servery are no doubt work of the early interwar period, perhaps of the 1960s. Should you be ticking unusual pub names, you’ll need to visit the Ming Arcade in downtown Singapore for the world’s other Jolly Taxpayer pub.

Built 1928 by William Lane for Brickwoods and retains two (was five) rooms and a splendid panelled off-sales with hatch to the bar which is still in use by local residents. The lounge on the left retains its original bar counter, bar back with drawers, and square wood panelled walls of Hungarian oak (Portsmouth News 13/3/80). It was original two very small rooms but the wall was removed many years ago. The public bar retains its original counter and bar back but the canopies over both bars are modern additions. There is more square panelling throughout the room and two original brick fireplaces. Up to c.1960 this was divided into three small rooms by panelled and part glazed partition walls which is confirmed by the three sets of doors into the bar.

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