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The Florence Arms, Southsea

20 Florence Road
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Punch Taverns

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E TA left this review about The Florence Arms

This GBG regular was highly disappointing. The splendid building currently houses a business which is highly pretentious, a back street pub trying to be an up-market bar and failing miserably. The ground floor has been knocked through into a single large bar, rambling but reduced in character through the use of tasteless, badly chosen flooring and truly awful music. There is a pool table at the less pretentious end of the bar. One male member of the bar staff need a serious attitude adjustment, while a different staff member was much easier on the [middle-aged male] eye and ear. No wifi was available. The pub is dog friendly. Food was available but priced way above its class. There were only 2 ales on, neither of which was very inspiring given the pub's reputation for good beer. The clientele consisted of a mix of CAMRA members, trendypseuds and normal humans, so it wasn't all bad. They run regular 'theme' evenings, though this was just another way of saying that they sell burgers on Mondays, sausages and Tuesdays, fish and chips on Fridays and so on. The real saving grace was an excellent selection of draft cider: I had a pint of Rosie's Pig which really was very good. The beer and cider make it well worth seeking out and including in a crawl, and I shall continue to drop in occasionally in the hope that things improve.

On 30th April 2014 - rating: 6
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Lindsay-Jane Goldring left this review about The Florence Arms

I am going to be biased about the Flo as I am The landlady here great atmosphere as still a local pub in 2011 we will be up to 100 cider varieties, winner of CAMRA 2010 cider award for south and channel islands 4 real ales always one local Spitfire, Adnams bitter and broadside great selection of wines and wonderful food sister pub to The Golden Lion in Southwick.
Theatre productions, spoken word, acoustic music, jazz and blues at certain times in the function/dining room

On 17th November 2010 - rating: 10
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Michael Wright left this review about The Florence Arms

Situated off the main drag so remains a local sort of pub, but not difficult to find once you know

Good choice of draught bitters, and seems to specialise in ciders instead of Strongbow. Serves food but wedding party there when I went in, so not sampled. Oh, just checked the web site, no food on Saturday any way, so just as well I never bothered asking

A rare pub which has kept it's Public & Saloon bar separate

I earwigged the landlord talking about wine to one of the staff, he seems to know his stuff on all things alcohol related, backed up the many awards on display

On 1st September 2009 - rating: 8
[User has posted 526 recommendations about 382 pubs]

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Fratton, 1.39 miles, 26 min walk (show)
Portsmouth & Southsea, 1.53 miles, 29 min walk (show)
Portsmouth Harbour, 2.37 miles, 45 min walk (show)
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4th Jan 2017, 19:54
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4th Jan 2017, 19:54
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  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 30 April 2014 by hondo .
  • Function Room : Yes - According to Facebook page - last updated 21 July 2015 by Dave McNally
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 30 April 2014 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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