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Portland Arms, Maidenhead

West Street

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Quinno _ left this review about Portland Arms

Odd little place, just off the town centre. The interior is a strange mish-mash of stuff that’s been thrown in – a bit like making a pub on a limited budget and having to use freecycle and the local charity shops to source your fittings. The chair I was sitting on was ‘quirky’ to say the least, whilst the dartboard was located right by the main door opening, ensuring that at some point someone will get an injury. The main bar is at the front of the pub as you enter, with a 70’s-style fake ceiling beam and wood-clad interior. Further back, in an area by the (modern) loos, was a pool table which remained unused during my visit – I can’t help thinking that this space could be better used. There was a decent choice beer-wise, with two Rebellion ales alongside Fullers ESB. The Rebellion was good, the ESB a little less inspiring but still drinkable. The barman was quite the eccentric, I wonder if he was actually the landlord. There were a couple of TVs tuned to a fairly insipid music channel. There were a few punters in, all congregated round the main bar, who seemed to be in good spirits and added some welcome atmosphere.

I think there’s potentially a good pub here, with a bit more focus and better use of space.

On 26th June 2011 - rating: 5
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Roger Button left this review about Portland Arms

The Portland is situated just off the town centre and is a simple and quite unassuming pub. The carpeted L shaped interior is quite plain with a modern brick bar and no nonsense furnishings. The rear section contains a pool table whilst there is an awkwardly positioned dart board just inside the front door that would probably give the health and safety people a field day. There were a couple of TV’s but given that our visit coincided with a Chelsea v Spurs televised game that wasn’t being shown I will presume that they don’t have subscription TV.

They do at least have a good local ale policy with Rebellion beers regularly available although there was just the one (IPA) on my visit, the Royal Wedding commemorative Nuptuale being the unavailable option.

There is limited accommodation if you fancy spending the night (3 rooms) but, apart from the couple of ales, I didn’t really find anything here to warrant a stay longer than an hour or so. File under “OK as part of a crawl”.

On 6th May 2011 - rating: 5
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