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The Posset Cup (JD Wetherspoon), Portishead, Bristol

Pub added by Blackthorn _
Harbour Road
BS20 7DE

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Quinno _ left this review about The Posset Cup (JD Wetherspoon)

A new circle of hell on my Saturday night visit, the place was rammed with screaming 20-30 year olds and I genuinely thought I was the oldest customer at the age of 42 until I spotted a couple of advanced seniority gamely trying to blot out the chimps tea party happening around them. Still, it is what it is and who am I to criticise the youngsters having a bit of fun. The one potential plus point, the cheap ale, was rendered useless by the fact my half was close to turning (NBSS 1.5). Pretty ropey beers in a number of the Portishead pubs that weekend, if even Spoons can’t shift the stuff (possibly via incompetence?) then what else can you say…

December 2018
A new(ish) Spoons in the Portishead Marina complex so all quite new and spangly-looking. Not too massive inside, the large curved floor to ceiling windows at one end help to pull in the light and complement the turquoise and white trim colour scheme; however the view is of Lidl, not the marina! There is some booth seating, each of which has its own dimmer switch for the light above your head – my sister was blown away by this and couldn’t resist fiddling with it. A ‘feature’ fake fireplace (best described below as a ‘brick built free standing dual aspect chimney breast’) is in the middle of the pub. An odd one is that the toilets are on a mezzanine level, so most of the pub can see everyone going (and coming back from) their business. Two banks of five pumps sporting three genuine guest ales which felt about right given the size and location. My Hook Norton 12 Days was in good nick, the Woods Xmas beer was more pedestrian. It’s a decent new-build Spoons and should do well assuming the management is decent. Rated 7

On 1st September 2021 - rating: 6
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Aqualung . left this review about The Posset Cup (JD Wetherspoon)

By pure coincidence I turned up here exactly one year after it opened (23rd Feb). Never having been to Portishead before I was dismayed to see, certainly in this part of it, the worst excesses of urban planning with much modern housing (probably built on a flood plain), supermarkets, budget hotels, fitness clubs and more flood plain housing. This place fits in well with that as it is surrounded by all of it and is a purpose built pub that looks like a gymnasium.
Inside it's been well described below and on my Thursday early afternoon visit it was doing a good trade of mostly food. The beers on the twelve hand pumps were the JDW Trio Of Doom, Thornbridge Jaipur IPA and Great Newsome Frothingham Best doubled plus a single cider and Bombardier. I went for the Jaipur (£2.75) which was in good nick and the person serving it remarked on how well it had been selling.
Although I wasn't that keen on it there's nothing really wrong with this place and the Jaipur was a plus. If I return to this area I'll try and find Old Portishead.

On 28th February 2017 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Posset Cup (JD Wetherspoon)

A new build Wetherspoons in the popular marina area of Portishead, it has only been open a couple of weeks and was full to capacity on a recent Saturday lunchtime visit, perhaps due to all the locals checking out their new facility which is sure to put a dent in Hall & Woodhouse’s income.

It’s all one single, open plan room but double height at the front with a mezzanine level balcony leading to the loos. The curved windows make the most of this height and offer great views of the adjacent Travel Lodge & Lidl – unfortunately you can’t actually see the marina from here. They’ve used some very vibrant blue paintwork at the front with paler shades elsewhere. The rear of the pub has quite a low ceiling with cornice work giving something of a panelled effect and there was further pale blue panelling along the right hand wall. The left hand wall was exposed brickwork with some wooden partitions forming individual booths, backed with black and white photographs. Seating is conventional tables and chairs at the rear with pods at the front – three curved sofas back to back each around their own table. A brick built free standing dual aspect chimney breast was something of a feature and this housed a gas fire.

Beers on tap were Doom Bar, Ruddles Best, Abbot Ale, Butcombe, Black Sheep Bighorn, Exmoor Posset Cup Gold, Irish Peated Bitter, Burton Bitter, Gem and Dirty Tackle. That said, I think two or three of these were for the forthcoming ale festival and not actually available yet. There were also a few craft ale options listed on a board, although I did not note these. Ciders were well represented with Magners, Thatcher’s Gold, Thatcher’s Haze, Strongbow, Strongbow Dark Fruit and Orchard Pig Reveller.

On 16th March 2016 - rating: 7
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