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The Dolphin, Old Portsmouth, Portsmouth

41 High Street
Portsmouth
PO1 2LU
Phone: 02392823595
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Reviews of The Dolphin (Average Rating: 7 of 10) Add Review see review guidelines

Pub SignMan left this review about The Dolphin

This spacious bare boarded pub opposite Portsmouth’s cathedral, claims to be the oldest in the city – a claim that seems plausible enough, although anyone casually strolling in would be hard pushed to recognise this from the opened-out interior. You enter into a wide space with high tables and stools to the left next to an upright piano, and an open-fronted snug to the right with some nice old beams and stained-glass screens helping to make it feel like the sort of traditional, historic pub they claim to be. In 2016, the landlord found a pane of glass in storage which was believed to have come from one of the pub’s old windows and been signed by Horatio Nelson. This pane has now been hung over the brick fireplace in this room with a brief explanatory note detailing its supposed significance. Armchair seating and shelves full of books, bottles and salvers give this room a cosy, homely feel and for me it was probably the nicest spot in the whole pub. The bar is along the left-hand side of the main room and has a grey panelled counter front and bar back plus a metal framed gantry, none of which enhances the traditional feel of the pub. There’s a decent sized seating area opposite with standard tables and chairs in front of a nice fireplace and a ‘community pillar’ which has been used to display various messages and advertisements of interest to the locals. Beyond is an area with a stained glass ‘Private Bar’ sign which offers lots of bench and chair seating in a smart space that in turns leads out to the beer garden. The décor is appropriate to the overall look of the pub and includes lots of old photos on the walls and some nice lamps.
The ale range here was a lot more extensive than in other pubs in this part of town, offering Adnams Ghost Ship, Sharps Doom Bar, Hammerpot This Is England, Wadworth Horizon, Bradgy Twt Lol Horny Goat Ale and Milk Street Uncle John’s Tarantula Juice. My half of the This Is England was nice enough and served up by a slightly surly barman.
It’s a bit of a shame that you don’t get much of a feel for exactly how old this pub is when you’re inside, but despite this, I still thought it was a nice enough place to enjoy a few beers from their decent selection. If you’re out and about in Old Portsmouth, this is definitely worth a quick stop-off.

On 9th September 2019 - rating: 7
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Steve C left this review about The Dolphin

Not knowing that there is a well-kept enclosed beer garden at the rear of the Dolphin I decided to have a smoke out the front before I entered on a recent Friday afternoon. This gave me a chance to read the A boards on the pavement which advertised the Sunday comedy night, Thursday quiz and live acoustic music on Fridays. Inside the pub there is seating to the left and right of the entrance and there is a piano next to the bar that runs up the left-hand wall. On the right, opposite the bar, is a seating area with fireplace. At the rear is some seating on a flagstone floor that leads to the aforementioned beer garden. The plasma screen was turned off and there is no Sky/ BT Sports, but sports on terrestrial TV will be shown if asked for.
Heineken, Amstel, Hop House, Birra Moretti, Fosters, Strongbow and Guinness were the keg options. I counted six hand pumps that were drawing Hammerpot Brewery’s This England, Wadworth’s Horizon, Adnams Ghost Ship, Sharp’s Doom Bar, Trefforest Horny Goat Ale and Milk Street Great Uncle John's Tarantula Juice. Food is available from lunch and dinner menus. A basic burger is priced at £9. I quite liked it in here and would return if passing.

On 10th May 2019 - rating: 7
[User has posted 3523 recommendations about 3502 pubs]


Tris C left this review about The Dolphin

Established 1716 and Grade-II Listed, this is a boast which is backed up as this being Portsmouth’s oldest pub and as described below. It also features a graffito drawn by none other than Nelson – honest guv!
The barman was a bit strange, repeatedly extolling the virtue of buying a pint when all in our group plumped for a half – he should have been grateful for the customers given the few other drinkers.
A decent selection of ales on offer, I plumped for a half of Trefforest Brewery’s Horny Goat at a pricey £2.10 and not bad.
Worth a bit of a detour to get here and a must-visit if in the immediate vicinity, in which you’ll find yourself if visiting the city’s micro-cathedral, opposite.

On 2nd April 2019 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by E TA
Portsmouth & Southsea, 0.9 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Portsmouth Harbour, 1.14 miles, 22 min walk (show)
Fratton, 1.69 miles, 32 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Dolphin, Portsmouth
9th Sep 2019, 19:20
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
10th May 2019, 13:24
Review submitted by Steve C

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No - pay municipal car park short walk away, near the Square Tower - last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 08 May 2016 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 09 September 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 09 September 2019 by Pub SignMan
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