A historic pub interior of regional importance
Listed Status: Not listedEdinburgh Road
Tel: (023) 9283 9968
Real Ale: Yes
Nearby Station: Portsmouth & Southsea
Station Distance: 240m
Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Portsmouth & Southsea) and Bus Stop
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If you can put aside the loud music, ambience and abundance of modern pastel grey paint, this now one-bar pub is rather special for its Victorian (probably) layout and fittings. It still has its island servery arrangement, a plan which was relatively common in London and Scotland but rare elsewhere. The back fitting is a fine one while the counter itself has curved ends and decorative brackets. Originally there would have been a series of compartments radiating around the servery but these have been swept away. On the right-hand wall is a series of mirrors and unusual low relief panels of cherubs and foliage. On the opposite corner the Royal Standard is worth a look for it (again probably) Victorian counter and fitting.
Originally the Battle & Breeze, the pub was once owned by Brickwoods before later becoming part of the Burton-based Ind Coope estate. Although a single bar pub, it retains a genuine Victorian island bar at the centre giving it the feel of a Victorian London pub.
The island bar back is splendid having columns with decorative capitals holding up the shelves, a frieze around the top section and four barrels above. There are some modern additions such as a piece of wood to hold the spirits and the ubiquitous fridge. The island counter has decorative brackets all along the front and is intact apart from the insertion of a dumb waiter on the front right. In the front area is a Victorian tiled, cast iron and wood surround fireplace. Along the wall there is a decoratively carved wood and mirrored fitting under a staircase and more similar work beyond the staircase. The interior is like that of the Abbotsford in Edinburgh which has a separate ‘Buffet Bar’ situated away from the island but at the Park Tavern there is no sign of a counter. Old dado panelling throughout.