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The Eldon Arms, Southsea Town, Southsea

17 Eldon Street
Southsea
PO5 4BS
Phone: 02392297963
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Eldon Arms

Always good to see a pub reopen, this pub was shut for over a year and reopened this time last year. We visited this pub as a wildcard on the Pubsgalore crawl and glad we did as the pub is stunning looking on approach, with original signage and glazed tiles. Once through the doors we encountered a couple of fellow PG pals sitting near the entrance looking for pubs with dartboards, Trainman and Jonesy, which was a nice bonus. The interior of the pub was spacious, with a contemporary finish. Six handpumps on the rear bar, with four in use, Doombar, Tribute and Proper Job, and we went for the fourth pump, Wadworth Horizon, which was very decent. So we joined our pals at a table at the front of the pub, which was a good position as the sun was streaming in through the large bay windows.

On 1st April 2019 - rating: 7
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Michael Wright left this review about The Eldon Arms

Suddenly closed just before Christmas when landlord left Enterprise Inns boarded it up. Requested to mark as closed. Check before making a journey
http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/our-region/portsmouth/fate-of-portsmouth-pub-in-doubt-after-sudden-closure-1-7753283

On 31st December 2016 - no rating submitted
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Eldon Arms

With time for one last pint before my train home, I decided to pop into the Eldon Arms, perhaps attracted by its fine tiled exterior or maybe, as a proud son of Dorset, drawn by the nostalgic old Eldridge Pope signage. Inside, you find a deceptively large room, carpeted through the centre where two rows of tables and chairs run all the way to the servery on the back wall. To the left there is a step down to an area filed with a table football game and some comfy seating whilst further back there is a space partly screened from the rest of the pub by some huge pillars and the end of the bar. Back here you'll find a lounge style area with leather sofas and a rather dull collection of photos plus the unexpected discovery of a bar billiards table. The right side of the pub is somewhat more appealing, with slimmer pillars covered with pump clips preventing it from becoming too dark and obscured. On this side you'll find a pool table flanked by some bookcases, a decent fireplace and an upright piano. More seating is available here in a sizeable area with its own fireplace. There is a great looking garden to the rear but it was practically empty on a warm Saturday evening, as was the pub itself, in sharp contrast to the other pubs I visited that afternoon. I noted a juke box over to one side of the room, but this was mere ornamentation whilst the dubious playlist of a local radio station filled the pub.
Four handpulls on the bar offered Fullers London Pride, Gales HSB, St Austell Tribute and Irving Spinnaker. Not the most exciting range perhaps, but I was pleased to see a local brew available, so I gave the Spinnaker a try and found it in pretty good shape, if not quite up to the excellent standards of the previous three pubs I'd visited. The staff were a little blunt and seemed bored, so I was happy to plonk myself down away from the bar and count down the minutes until my train.
This place suggested a lot of promise, but I found it was all a little bit of an anti-climax in the end. The place has lost a lot of its character (most of what remains can be seen on the façade rather than inside) and an empty pub on an otherwise busy Saturday evening crawl was a disorientating feeling and perhaps an ominous sign. It certainly still had positives, not least some decent beer and a nice garden, but I'd probably drop this one from future crawls.

On 31st August 2016 - rating: 6
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Portsmouth & Southsea, 0.48 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Fratton, 0.99 miles, 19 min walk (show)
Portsmouth Harbour, 1.46 miles, 28 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Eldon Arms, Southsea
1st Apr 2019, 19:22
Review submitted by Real Ale Ray amended by Real Ale Ray
 
1st Apr 2019, 12:27
Review submitted by Real Ale Ray amended by Real Ale Ray

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : Yes last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Darts : Yes last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes 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 : Yes last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 20 July 2015 by E TA
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 20 July 2015 by E TA
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 21 February 2016 by Quinno _
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