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The Rutland Arms, Southsea

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205 Francis Avenue
Southsea
PO4 0AH
Phone: 02392751221
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Rutland Arms

Back street boozers are a speciality of Portsmouth and Southsea and just when you think you’ve seen them all, there’s always one more to stumble across. The Rutland Arms is a great example of this, hidden away down a side street not too far from Fratton station and Fratton Park, but easily missed in the maze of backstreets that abound in this part of town. It’s a traditional two room pub with a large, bare boarded main bar to the front and a smaller, cosier room to the rear. Basic tables and chairs run along beneath the front windows, with the servery down the rear wall. The bar has a fine wood panelled counter with a mirrored bar back and impressive gantry inlaid with old pictures of Portsmouth street cars and dock scenes and topped with lots of good old-fashioned pub tat like dusty barrels, plaster models of houses and other such bric-a-brac. Elsewhere, the walls are fairly bare, with the odd bit of local interest, such as a picture showing the various football kits of Portsmouth FC down the years, breaking up the monotony. Some additional seating is available over in the left-hand side of the room although there is a second, more lovingly furnished room to the rear which might be a better bet for a comfortable place to perch yourself. The furniture and décor back here is generally more plush and homely, although the pub-feel was very much retained thanks to typical features such as the dartboard. There was a modest number of locals in on a Friday night, but they seemed friendly enough and chatted away about their team’s prospects in the cup final at Wembley the following day.
There are four handpulls on the bar, although one is positioned away from the others, so make sure you scope them all out before ordering. Options on this visit were Shepherd Neame Hop County, Wadworth Horizon and Fallen Acorn Pompey Royal, with one pump unclipped. The Pompey Royal went down well and was served by one of the friendly crew of bar staff on duty that evening.
I like these welcoming backstreet pubs and would have to add this to the ever-growing list of such venues I’d like to return to when I’m next in town. Although this place doesn’t perhaps have the beer range to compete with the city’s finest, the warm welcome and traditional surrounds made up for it and I’m sure I’ll be calling in again before too long.

On 16th September 2019 - rating: 7
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Steve C left this review about The Rutland Arms

The Rutland is a U-shaped pub with a dartboard in the left rear behind the bar which supports standard and premium keg lagers and three hand pumps, one of which was unused during a recent Friday evening visit. The plasma screen was off and there was some background music playing. Out the back is a beer garden with picnic tables that lead to a raised grass covered area at the very rear. For some reason there was a strong smell of bacon, which was very pleasant!

On 30th May 2019 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Rutland Arms

Three-storey side-street corner pub with some brewers' Tudor on the upper third of both façades. Partially opened-out inside, but retaining separate lounge and public bars. Three of four handpumps in use between the two counters, offering Fallen Angel Pompey Royal (£1.90, half), Shepherd Neame Hop County and Wadworth Horizon.

On 24th April 2019 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Malden man
Fratton, 0.42 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Portsmouth & Southsea, 1.09 miles, 21 min walk (show)
Portsmouth Harbour, 2.33 miles, 44 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Rutland Arms, Southsea
16th Sep 2019, 18:36
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
8th Aug 2019, 00:05
Review submitted by Quinno _

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 08 August 2019 by Quinno _
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  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 08 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 08 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 08 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 08 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 08 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Darts : Yes last updated 08 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 08 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : No last updated 08 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 04 December 2014 by Malden man
  • Micropub : No last updated 08 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 08 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 04 December 2014 by Malden man
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 04 December 2014 by Malden man
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 08 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 08 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 08 August 2019 by Quinno _
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