Hampshire - Portsmouth

A historic pub interior of some regional importance

Listed Status: Not listed

222 New Road
Portsmouth, Copnor

Tel: (023) 9282 4397

Real Ale: Yes

Public Transport: Near Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

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Designed by A E Cogswell and built in 1900 for the Pike Spicer brewery on what was once Mermaid Field (Mermaid being a corruption of the words mere mead - a water meadow), this pub has an ornate cast-iron canopy over the entrance doors. It retains two bars and some good original windows. The Public Bar has a distinctive bar counter possibly dating from the 1950s (needs research), the bar back has signs of originality but has modern additions and is a bit of a mess – note how the position of the bar counter does not match up with the bar back fitting on the left side. The Lounge Bar has a 1960s(?) bar counter, the bar back fitting looks like a 1960s replacement with an illuminated panel at the top and glass shelves, the fixed seating probably dates from the 1960s, the dado panelling is not that old, and there is a bench near the bar billiards table that looks like a conversion from some old fixed seating. Interior painted grey throughout.

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