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The Dolphin, Old Portsmouth, Portsmouth

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

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
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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
[User has posted 874 recommendations about 860 pubs]

Steve of N21 left this review about The Dolphin

The Dolphin self-claims to be the oldest pub in Portsmouth, which could have some truth due to its location on the high street of the Old town. But it’s not alone in self proclamation as during our extended weekend exploration of the Old Town area we noticed several other buildings that purported historical age or heritage or importance of some description, none more so that the large church opposite the pub that purports to be a cathedral.
Back to the Dolphin, which for pub ambience and beer choice was probably the best of the three we tried in this part of town. The very nice front snug with framed window panel and open wooden floored drinking area to the front does seem to have some original features. This then leads to a pleasant and airy stone flagged dining area before you then come to an equally pleasant small courtyard garden section at the end.
Six ale hand pumps that were dispensing the five beers mentioned in Mr Fastard’s review below, plus Adnams Ghost Ship. I also went for the Trefforest Horny Goat Ale which was rather good. All in all a good pub experience and although I agree the young bar keep could have demonstrated better customer service skills, I’m not inclined to penalise the overall pub for that on this occasion.

On 2nd April 2019 - rating: 7
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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
10th May 2019, 13:24
Review submitted by Steve C
2nd Apr 2019, 18:51
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C

Pub Details

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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 _
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - Midnight - 11pm10:30pm
Monday11am - 11:30am - 11pm11pm
Tuesday11am - 11pm
Wednesday11am - 11pm
Thursday11:30am - 11am - 11pm11pm
Friday11am - 11:30am - Midnight12noon
Saturday11am - 11am - Midnight12noon
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