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The Derby Tavern, Stamshaw, Portsmouth

47 Stamshaw Road
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E TA left this review about The Derby Tavern

A lively back-street boozer. It's busy, friendly (in a reserved sort of way) and in many ways the epitome of a big town local. It is housed in a Victorian terrace corner building and is entered either from the corner or a side door off a cul-de-sac. Both doors lead to a single large bar, a result of the knocking-through of the original bars. The bar is carpeted and decorated in a typical traditional mid-20th Century back street style, functional and homely at the same time, with a mix of chairs and tables and a collection of framed prints around the walls, complementing the hand-written announcements of theme nights, charity events and sports matches being shown on the multiplicity of tv screens. A white ensign pinned to the ceiling is a reminder that this area is historically linked with the Royal Navy. At the 'corner' end is a pool table, the atmosphere around which is tense and serious. At the other end is a dartboard, while a lone gaming machine lurks somewhere in the middle. Whether the latter was mute or simply drowned out by the strangely tolerable mix of reggae and 1990s house music on the jukebox was difficut to ascertain. The staff were pleasant and chatty, while the few locals not getting stressed over the pool table were either sitting quietly or chatting normally. It appeared that food is sometimes available, but there was none on this evening. There is a good community spirit, and money is raised here for various charities. The only ale on was Goddard's Fuggle-Dee-Dum which was in good condition. While I can't say I felt particularly at home here, probably because I'm not a local, this is a decent boozer of the type which is fast disappearing and is definitely worth dropping into for a pint or two if you're in the area.

On 25th September 2014 - rating: 6
[User has posted 3337 recommendations about 3302 pubs]

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Allan Murrie left this review about The Derby Tavern

Not a friendly pub at all. When I went in there I was getting evil looks from the regulars and a bad attitude from the staff. Not my cup of tea at all.

On 23rd November 2010 - rating: 3
[User has posted 5 recommendations about 5 pubs]

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Kate Elliott left this review about The Derby Tavern

Still a pub for locals this ale house has managed to retain its somewhat old fashioned style so favoured by Portsmouth 'corner pubs'. The garden area has been enlarged since the recent modifiations which included inside loos available to both bars!

On 13th June 2004 - no rating submitted
[User has posted 27 recommendations about 27 pubs]

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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by paulof horsham
Portsmouth & Southsea, 1.61 miles, 31 min walk (show)
Hilsea, 1.82 miles, 35 min walk (show)
Fratton, 1.89 miles, 36 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Derby Tavern, Portsmouth
26th Oct 2021, 21:52
Pub map correction submitted by paulof horsham approved
26th Oct 2021, 21:52
Pub map correction submitted by paulof horsham

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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 26 October 2021 by paulof horsham
  • Car Park : No last updated 26 October 2021 by paulof horsham
  • Micropub : No last updated 26 October 2021 by paulof horsham
  • Real Ale : Yes - Doombar - last updated 11 September 2013 by Dave McNally
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