Fifth Hants Volunteer Arms

Hampshire - Portsmouth

A historic pub interior of some regional importance

Listed Status: Not listed

74 Albert Road
Portsmouth, Southsea
PO5 2SL

Tel: (023) 9282 2245

Website https://www.volunteerarmssouthsea.co.uk

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/fifthhants

Real Ale: Yes

Station: Yes

Nearby Station: Fratton

Station Distance: 1400m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Fratton) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

Much altered but still with two rooms. In the public bar, the bar-back, with decorative brackets, looks early 20th century but the counter is post-war in style. Fixed seating and fireplace have gone and the dado panelling is modern. The lounge counter is also probably early post-war and the bar-back is in a different style (1930s? 1950s?) from that in the public. Splendid old blue-tiled wood surround fireplace and some old etched windows.

Much altered but still retains two rooms. It was run by two members of the Walkers family from 1912 to 1985 and then the present licensee John Nash took over. Note the tiled panels on the exterior advertising ‘Whiskies’ and ‘Brandies’. The bare boarded public bar retains a bar back with decorative brackets that looks like it could date from the early 20th century. The bar counter is more post-war in style and may date from c.1953 when the pub changed from the Volunteers Arms to its present name. The public bar has lost its fixed seating and fireplace and the dado panelling is modern. Has lost its off sales which has been absorbed into the bar, though the former outside door space is discernible, but the counter inside must have been replaced as there is no indication of where the off sales counter was. The smaller lounge bar has another old possibly 1950s counter, the bar back has a small leaded panel and is different in style to the public bar one so was added later (30s or maybe 50s?). There is a splendid early 20th century blue tiled and wood surround fireplace but dado panelling is new. Some etched window panels are old, others replaced at various times over the past 100 years.

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