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George & Dragon, Buckland, Portsmouth

137 Kingston Road
Portsmouth
PO2 7EB
Phone: 02392734649

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Punch Taverns

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A classic 1920s mock Tudor pub purpose-built by Brickwood's Brewery in the style of its earlier Victorian-era pubs, a wedge-shaped building on a busy corner. It's now owned by Punch. The outside is clad in spectacular red glazed tiles on the first story, while the Tudor-style timber framing adorns the upper story. A rotunda end at the corner finishes off the building and creates a very inviting appearance. At the back is a small garden disappointing given the grandeur of the building, paved and used mainly as a smoking area. Inside, the downstairs rooms have been knocked through at the front to form a key-shaped bar, the outline of the rotunda framed on the floor in tiles which contrast with the mainly wooden flooring. The end opposite the rotunda is a comfortable seating area with a pleasant fireplace and a slightly incongruous dartboard, while the round end has a second dartboard and gaming machines. There is a pool room at the back with two tables. TV screens are visible throughout the pub. The landlord was a dour Jock, pleased to serve us and friendly enough, but clearly a non-nonsense individual. The clientele were mainly male, so the banter was robust and blokey. There were 2 handpumps on the bar, one dry, the other serving Wadworth's 6X, which was in good condition. It's a decent town pub, a good local, and it's worth a visit for its historic interest and a reasonable pint if in the area.

On 5th February 2018 - no rating submitted
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about George & Dragon

Wasn't planning another stop on my walk into Portsmouth city centre, but the very imposing brewer's Tudor façade and the bold, old Brickwood's tiling proved sufficient a siren song to draw me in... Nothing very interesting within the partly opened-out interior, but the place was very busy on a Friday evening with a decent community feel. Two pool tables, but just Doom Bar (£3 60) available from the pair of handpumps. A mixed bag overall, but still quite a sight from the street.

On 27th December 2015 - rating: 7
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