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This is my kind of pub. Good range of beer, friendly and helpful bar staff, and a nice easy going atmosphere. Long may it continue.
Bowman's Swift One and Jack Frost were in fine drinking condition last visit.


tab - 6 Feb 2014 21:58
Nice trad pub tucked away in a sidestreet. Barman couldn't have been more friendly and welcoming (even offered tasters of the beers); and the delicious hot snacks also served with a smile, from another room. The place was packed, and seats hard to find after a while, but you can see why.
Trev - 19 Aug 2012 18:40
Unpretentious the Artillery is indeed, but sometimes one cries out for such a straightforward, no-frills local pub after all the gastro-pomp and super-bar nonsense one so frequently comes across in urban centres. No, none of that: here you will find simply good beer and good cheer. When I pitched up on a Sunday lunchtime, it was footie on the TV and a series of local chaps perched around the bar taking it all in. In the other bar, conversation ruled and may have contained some women too, although this remains unconfirmed! In any case, despite its somewhat careworn Victorian facade at the end of a long terrace, and that pubs of its kind are so often nowadays lager-fuelled haunts, the Artillery stands out for serving a range of five good cask beers. The Hophead we sampled was perhaps past its best but that was pure misfortune - someone has to tackle the end of each barrel. Suthwyk Old Dick and Bowman's Swift One were noted as loc-ales, and Fuller's London Pride to suit the less-adventurous quaffer.

All that and a friendly feel to the place too. No wonder this pub has been GBG-listed for a while. It is times like these that one really must value the Guide, as without it I would never have discovered a pub like this, and if I had I doubted I'd have given it a chance as it's so tempting to judge a pub by its cover. Do so at your peril. This is worth a crack.
TWG - 5 Mar 2012 17:49
Still friendly, still very much a local, still offers a selection of well kept ales, Sunday Roasts and homemade burgers and more on matchdays.
stevew1 - 8 Nov 2011 22:17
For what it is, an unpretentious friendly back street local with separate lounge and public bars and a garden, serving excellent range and quality of real ale at decent prices this is a rare 10/10 pub. If you want anything fancy forget it, but if a good pint in a good city pub is what you want as I say, 10/10 100% recommended
real_ale_and_blunder - 13 Aug 2011 18:50
Have used this pub for 30 years as an occasional visitor and although it is very much a locals pub, I have always been made welcome. Public is a bit of a squeeze on busy nights but still worth including in a pub crawl around milton. Seems quieter lately, but then are not all pubs. Ale is generally in good nick but i have been unlucky lately.
odbod - 25 Aug 2010 14:41
I like this pub. It's a back street local that serves at least 4 good real ales. A real old fashioned public bar, and a bigger lounge with pool table, plus a nice garden area. The locals are friendly and chatty, especially the ones called Barry.
Really busy on home football days, and deservedly so. Away fans can safely drink here too!
tab - 2 Mar 2010 12:08
Fullers ESB now regularly available, alongside the Ringwood Fortyniner, Swift One and various guest ales. Bacon rolls, home made burgers, various Balti/Madras pies on sale before and after Pompey afternoon games, decent Full English at 10am opening for lunchtime kick offs.
stevew1 - 27 Jan 2010 18:31
Good news: the pub is now in the hands of Pete, who has stood in as relief manager a few times before. The range of well-kept ales, usually five, rotates around the ever-present Fortyniner and Swift One. The friendly atmosphere has returned and Jackie the tiny landlady also offers home cooked Sunday lunches.
stevew1 - 2 Nov 2009 18:51
I paid a second visit to the Artillery Arms after yesterday's football match. This is a friendly backstreet local with a good choice of real ales - Bowman Swift One, Palmers Dorset Gold, Ringwood Fortyniner and Oakleaf Pompey Royal. We had a good chat with some of the home supporters and knocked back a few sambucas before catching the train home! We'll probably be back.
blue_scrumpy - 27 Sep 2009 17:21
Yet another new manager, sadly, who seems to prioritise ales from new breweries who offer him the most profitable deals. So out go the very popular Ringwood Fortyniner and Fullers ESB, replaced by Bowmans Wallops Wood and Irving & Co Type 42. Both decent ales in their own terms, but neither above 4.2%.

A very busy pub on Pompey matchdays and visiting fans often amiably mingle with the Pompey supporting locals and others. This pub is the matchday haunt of the Pompey Anorak Brigade, an internet-based group of Pompey fans from all over the world.
stevew1 - 24 Jun 2009 21:13
another new manager, beer quality very good and a very friendly welcome, will start to use it more often again
littlecon - 14 Mar 2009 10:42
Summer Lightning and GFB in good condition. Nice old pub surrounded by new tiny houses.
Wade1957 - 28 Sep 2006 08:45
Fabulous, little changed Pompey corner pub, in the residential back streets. Good garden, proper pub atmosphere &, most importantly, absolutely spot-on beers. How a town pub should be.
malgrey - 16 Jun 2006 17:00

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