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El Nico, Portsmouth

54 High Street
Portsmouth
PO1 2LU
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E TA left this review about El Nico

Previously Monks, this historic high street pub is going through a new phase as a tapas bar run by real Hispanic people. It is dog-hostile, there is free WiFi, and Spanish pop music pollutes the airwaves. It was, however, a pleasant surprise to find friendly staff, a welcoming atmosphere and some decent beer here. The tapas were a little on the pricey side, but the beer was cheaper than some other nearby pubs. Three ales on, I had a pint of Flack’s Hedge Hop, well kept and very refreshing, while a porter whose name I failed to record was also in very good condition. I actually quite like it here and will certainly return, possibly for one of their theme nights.

On 24th April 2015 - rating: 6
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Michael Wright left this review about Monks

Visited on a sunny Saturday lunchtime of a Bank Holiday weekend, I was the only customer, which may be indicative, or not. Maybe in the evenings all the rich folk from the surrounding flats flock in to drink wine and chat, there is plenty of seating to accommodate them.

One very long bar, plus upstairs area. The decor, as previous post states, is very ornate, with a tiled patterned floor, I am no judge of styles, but I think it tries to be around turn of the 1900s, with a splosh of art nouveau you will either love it or hate it

5 hand pulls on my visit, I opted for Thwaites Lancaster as it was one I have never tried, not having had it before I cannot say for sure, but my pint had a mild touch of Sarson's about it to my taste buds, but I admit this may be unfair as it was my first ever pint of this brew. It cost £3 for a pint BTW

It does not serve food, which may not be a good idea given it's location , I may have ordered food, and during my visit a group 4 people came in asking about food, and walked out without spending a penny when informed there was none. I can only guess that the owners, having obviously spent thousands on the decor have done the sums and can make a living with an empty bar on a sunny Saturday lunchtime of a Bank Holiday weekend in a busy tourist spot, opposite a lovely cathedral in Old Portsmouth

Warning, the toilets are upstairs, so if stairs present a problem for you, avoid Monks

Would I go back? Probably not, to my mind there are better in the area. Could be handy if attending a Church service, such as a wedding, in the Anglican cathedral opposite

On 30th August 2010 - rating: 4
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Bryan Moffat left this review about Monks

Monks - as it is now called - is one of the most beautiful and lavishly decorated pubs I have ever been into. Atmosphere is very warm and inviting. There are always 6 real ales kept in perfect condition and the staff are very approachable and friendly.

On 9th May 2010 - rating: 8
[User has posted 1 recommendations about 1 pubs]


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11th Jun 2017, 16:34
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10th Jun 2017, 22:43
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 24 April 2015 by E TA
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 24 April 2015 by E TA
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 24 April 2015 by E TA
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 24 April 2015 by E TA
  • Car Park : No last updated 24 April 2015 by E TA
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 24 April 2015 by E TA
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 10 September 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 24 April 2015 by E TA
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 24 April 2015 by E TA
  • Micropub : No last updated 24 April 2015 by E TA
  • Pinball : No last updated 24 April 2015 by E TA
  • Pool Table : No last updated 24 April 2015 by E TA
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 24 April 2015 by E TA
  • Real Ale : No last updated 10 September 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 24 April 2015 by E TA
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 24 April 2015 by E TA
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 24 April 2015 by E TA
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