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The Raven, Somerstown, Southsea

Pub added by BEN UNSWORTH
Bedford Street

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Quinno _ left this review about The Raven

A 70’s new-build pub serving the local estate over the road. Large, open-plan and garish (dig the black and silver wallpaper) with a decent rear patio. Expected tick boxes of pool tables, darts, jukebox (free on Thursdays), quizzer and cropped haircuts. As quite nicely put below, there is a warm welcome for strangers “as long as they fit into the pub’s target demographic”. Three pumps round the far side of the bar dispensing a single ale, a quite diabolical Roosters Yankee. We rinsed the quizzer of a few coins, hid our barely-touched halves and made good our exit.

On 21st February 2016 - rating: 3
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E TA left this review about The Raven

Entering this rather exclusive local pub is like taking a trip back to the bad old days of the 1970s. The single bar has a pool table, gaming machines and a warm welcome for strangers as long as they fit into the pub’s target demographic. There is a dance floor, which on this occasion hosted a table full of traditional English delicacies – chilli con carne, guacamole and what looked like onion bhajis – for communal consumption. There was a sweetie dispenser, a jukebox playing traditional reggae and rap numbers, and a traditional English ale on draft. The ale was rebadged- something-or-other sporting the title ‘New England Best Bitter’ (I don’t think it was the Sheffield Brewery beer of the same name, but if it was, it had lost its flavour), which was acceptable, but not brilliant. The staff were pleasant, especially the young barmaid, and the customers were mostly peaceful. There is good disabled access, prices are low, sports matches are shown on Sky and there was BT WiFi available. It wouldn’t be my first choice of pub in Portsmouth.

On 27th February 2015 - rating: 5
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