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The Portman, W1

51 Upper Berkeley Street
Phone: 02077238996
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custodian 42 left this review about The Portman

Corner pub with the bar in the middle. Four real ales but nothing above 4.5% ABV.

On 28th February 2018 - rating: 4
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Malden man left this review about The Portman

I admit to being a bit confused at first as I expected to find The Mason's Arms here, I was unaware of the name change. It felt vaguely familiar on entering then the penny dropped. Most of the ground floor bar area is taken up by the central island, there are a few regular tables plus a pair of drinking shelves. Boarded flooring, large metal framed windows with semi-circular tilt opening top lights, white Lincrusta type ceiling with fans, papers in a rack, arty prints, a framed map of the area. TVs were showing muted BBC news with subtitles.
Rather foody now with a fancy menu, terrine of foie gras, chicken mousse, black pudding and toasted sourdough.....what the hell is that about? Braised rabbit ragout pappardelle, tomato and parmesan, £15.95. Plenty were eating it, I wouldn't know where to start.
The beer selection has possibly improved from H&W, two handpumps either side of the bar, St Austell Proper Job, Landlord, Marlow Rebellion Blonde and Charles Wells/Dogfish DNA. My Proper Job came in a fluted glass.
Certainly not the pub it was, but the beer choice has for me improved. I never have ventured upstairs btw so I don't know what else there is.

On 25th May 2015 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Portman

Was once a friendly little corner pub called the Masons Arms, even if the Hall & Woodhouse beers were not to everbody's taste. Refurbished and re-named the Portman, it retains almost none of its original character and atmosphere. Small island bar, with probably more seating space out on the pavement than inside. Upstairs restaurant (not visited). Three handpumps, offering Pride, Marlow Rebellion IPA and Truman's Swallow & Swift (£3.80). Overall, a two-point downgrade for its new incarnation. (NB - Review dates from July 2012.)

On 16th February 2013 - rating: 6
[User has posted 5968 recommendations about 5968 pubs]

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Map location corrected by Steve C
London Marylebone, 0.58 miles, 11 min walk (show)
London Paddington, 1.04 miles, 19 min walk (show)
London Euston, 1.89 miles, 36 min walk (show)
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28th Feb 2018, 12:18
Review submitted by custodian 42
5th Nov 2017, 19:47
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  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 05 June 2007 by hondo .
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