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Taswell Arms, Southsea

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now a private house
Dynekery - 31 Jan 2014 19:31
Converted to flats. Troubled with thugs over the years and pretty unremarkable. Surprising it lasted as long as it did.
boozerbill - 31 Aug 2012 21:17
Oddly, given the comments from only 6 months previous, this place features in the current Good Beer Guide and indeed looked promising. However, how much difference a few weeks can make, as something obviously went seriously wrong after the local branch completed its survey for the last Guide, presumably almost 1 year ago.
I should say that there seems to be some improvement, in that the pub is now trading again. It is a solid-looking Victorian local and clearly could match the endeavours of other similar pubs in the area which are enjoying something of a renaissance on the back of good beer range and honest organic atmospheres.
However, there is plainly some way to go, as there were virtually no customers - a bleak sign on a Friday night even in late January - and although clips adorned the pumps, all were turned round.

I'm afraid that means a non-starter for me and mine, which was a shame. I can only hope that there is an upturn here that those more local to Southsea will eventually witness coming to fruition. If not, I can't see any other future in this climate that closure and conversion to housing.

TWG - 14 Feb 2011 17:26
still shut

alealealeale - 27 Aug 2010 14:51
closed at present
littlecon - 5 Jul 2010 10:26
This pub has gone down hill of late what a shame.
locke - 13 Dec 2009 12:47
Not impressed when I visited. Food was crap & the beer wasn't well kept. I think we were the 1st people in on a saturday dinner time but that's no excuse for poor quality food & drink.
realalechav - 2 Jun 2009 22:19
This is an excellent pub. Brilliant atmosphere, friendly staff, great food, wide variety of drinks, 50p pool table(a new addition), table football, darts. What more could you want? The meals are all home made and fresh, with a buy one get one free offer at the moment, any day except Sunday. I recommend the Sunday roasts, all fresh, and big portions, but get there early, or reserve your meals before hand, as they are often very popular and sell out fast. If you buy four meals you get a free bottle of wine.
The atmosphere is very welcoming, with locals and visitors alike. It is also gay friendly, and student friendly, which is hard to find in local pubs. I definitely would recommend this pub to anyone. With children welcome during the day too. The quiz on a Monday is always entertaining, and challenging.
There is also womens and mens darts team. Men play on Tuesday and Women on a Thursday. This place has to be tried.
connb - 10 Feb 2009 15:44
used to be good now just seems to be plodding on
alealealeale - 6 Jan 2009 17:33
good news! this pub has started to do food again.the menu has a varity of home cooked meals and is all under a fiver apart from the specials which are 5.95.and they are a delicious plate full! the athmosphere is warm and inviting. they have occasional live on friday nights. there is a quiz night on monday starting at 8.30 which i have enjoyed too.I have yet to try the meat raffle on saturday but im expecting good things!there is a varity of real ales which all taste good to me.
anonymous - 26 Oct 2007 13:36
What has happened to this pub!! I went to the taswell on a friday night and the beer was awful. How can a pub go down hill so much in the 8 months since i was last here. On my last visit in january this pub had quality beer and a nice atmosphere. Now it seems that nobody cares about the place. This was confirmed by its lack of customers.
anonymous - 2 Oct 2007 18:13
popped in on friday night seemed a nice little pub, reasonable beer, people talking, then the live "music" started, i left about 5 minutes later along with 2/3rds of the other customers, why do landlords do this?

littlecon - 26 Aug 2007 16:20
WHAT A FIND!!! I have lived in southsea all my life but have never been to the taswell before but i will be going back!! Myself and a group of friends spent last thursday night here to be met by what i can only say as the best kept ales i have had for a long time. The dechaurs ipa was superb as was the spitfire.(they also have summer lightning also very good i was informed)The spirit selection is second to none. The pub was very clean, the bar staff attentive and the feel of the place very friendly. This pub is a must!!!
porto - 2 Feb 2007 14:35
Having socialised in Portsmouth for the last 20 years, and been a resident for only the last 6 weeks, I had previously been unaware of this backstreet boozer. I had missed out. A pleasant interior with various levels and areas (including comfy sofas), this is probably as close as you'll get to a sitting-room atmosphere outside your own house. Very well-kept ales (last Saturday night I enjoyed Landlord and Summer Lightning) and a friendly bar staff make this a good choice for a relaxed drink. I got the feeling quite a few of the clientele were having an early drink prior to a big night out - unless they're just REALLY smart around Taswell Street...
tommarto - 29 Jan 2007 11:08
Well this pub isn't quite the same since they stopped producing the food, which is a shame.
anonymous - 22 Dec 2006 11:17
A very friendly pub with some quiet outside tables where you can watch the world go by. I had a lovely pint of Spitfire there this week - their selection of well kept real ales always seems to find something to keep me a very happy customer!
anonymous - 29 Jun 2006 14:53
The entertainment is excellent with karaoke each week and discos. Real ales in excellent condition, camera holding a tasting evening on the 16th february which will be a good experience and a good night. Has a very good atmosphere recommend it for the quiz nights on mondays.
laura_6 - 8 Feb 2006 18:10
The pub now offers sunday lunch which is fantastic and also during the week serves home-made soup and ready freshly filld rolls. Great atmosphere. Comfortable.
anonymous - 31 Jan 2006 13:56
Since its makeover (mid 2005) this place is unrecognisable. It's warm, friendly and comfortable and it has great beer to boot. As at Nov 05, it has Summer Lightning and Abbott - both kept superbly. I can't understnad how people choose a "pint u lager mate" in these circumstances. V limited food but great atmosphere.
paulw - 27 Nov 2005 14:05
Great pub. Great atmosphere. It's amazing what a new team and a refit can do. Friendly staff, good beer - top stuff
sam - 14 Nov 2004 12:56

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