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The Portland Arms, St Albans Central, St. Albans

63 Portland Street
St. Albans
AL3 4RA
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Portland Arms

I walked into this cosy little backstreet Fullers pub to find myself the only customer – in fact, I was initially the only person in the room, as the barmaid had popped out to the garden to clear up after the carnage of a family fun day they’d been hosting at lunchtime. She was extremely apologetic and explained that the place had been packed earlier, not that I was complaining. The pub has a compact C-shaped layout, wrapping itself around the centrally positioned servery which has a nice, curved dark wood counter, traditional bar back and ivy lined gantry. To the right is a small lounge – a snug really – with an attractive fireplace with a plain mirror above, a few tables and chairs and a stack of board games. In the bar area, high tables and stools run under the front windows whilst tables and chairs line the left hand wall, running to the back of the room as the servery turns ninety degrees. There are also a couple of smart benches here under some nice old photos of the city, with a collection of hardback books in the window sills. Beyond the bar is another carpeted space with a fair bit of extra seating but some rather featureless decor by comparison. A rear corridor leads to the toilets and has some more nice St Albans pictures on display and beyond this there is a split level beer garden with lots of chunky garden furniture. There was at least one TV screen in the pub and it was showing a 1980’s themed music channel.
Four Fullers beers were available on handpull – London Pride, ESB, Seafarers and Summer Ale. The friendly barmaid poured me a lovely pint of the Summer Ale, which I really enjoyed whilst looking through some of the old photos on the walls.
I really liked this place and whilst it was a bit of a shame that there were no other customers on this occasion, I still felt it had a lot more charm to it than several more popular pubs I’d visited that day. The compact nature of the pub gives it a cosy feel that made it easy to settle down and the friendly welcome and quality beer were factors that would definitely encourage repeat visits.

On 13th November 2017 - rating: 7
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Portland Arms

The Portland Arms is a decent looking back street Fullers tied house.
Once inside the bar faces in an L shaped room,there are pew seats and normal tables and chairs in the front area which is bare boarded,the rear left area is carpeted and has similar seating.
There were three Fullers real ales on the bar,i had a drink of London Pride,which went down well,the other beers were Fullers ESB and Fullers brewed Gales Seafarers.
I quite liked this pub.

Pub visited 24/6/2017

On 10th September 2017 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about The Portland Arms

A tidy backstreet Fuller's outlet serving pretty much their full permanent ale range in good condition. There's a bog-standard back garden and a TV in the L-shaped bar for sports, plus the daily papers for your perusal. Worth popping in if you like your Fullers beer, I'd say. Not bad.

On 30th July 2009 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Bucking Fastard
St Albans Abbey, 0.93 miles, 18 min walk (show)
St Albans City, 1.02 miles, 19 min walk (show)
Park Street, 2.35 miles, 45 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Portland Arms, St. Albans
13th Nov 2017, 21:50
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
10th Sep 2017, 16:07
Review submitted by Alan Winfield

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 13 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 13 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 13 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 13 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 13 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 13 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : No last updated 13 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 13 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 13 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 13 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 13 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 13 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 13 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 13 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 13 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 13 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
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