The Portsbridge, Cosham - pub details
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|Cosham (means "Cossa's homestead") is a town I keep ending up in, even though I don't really want to be there! I suppose you could visit the 'Hilsea Lines' over the road from the 'Bridge' which in 1756 at the start of the Seven Years War, the Board of Ordanace ordered improvement work to be carried out to the then Fort. The improvements included the building of a fortified line along the northern shore of Portsea Island.
Large mock tudor building standing to the South of the town and North of Hilsea. inside your greeted by a large bar with the kitchens to the rear and to the right there's a pool table and to the left a comfy chesterfield sofa. The bar man knew what real was (not always the case) and seemed friendly. They were playing big band music from the 40's when I wandered in and later the 'Stone Roses' first album so that earned brownie points straight off the bat with me.
This is the first pub after Highbury technical college so it's probably a students resting point. Real locals confirmed by the fact that they knew the barmen's name and there were two of them even though it was mid afternoon on a Monday. The tables were all cleared of glasses (I have a 'bee in my bonnet' about that at the moment) and the boozer was clean and tidy.
A Greene King pub that follows the lines of pub grub philosophy. Food is what they like to call 'pub classic' (food from 12noon to 9pm) like British Beef & Ale Pie, Big Daddy Burger or prime steaks with a tempting topper! All reasonably priced. I sat down with a bag of peanuts (sad!) washed down with a well served pint of 'Old Speckled Hen' at £2.70. They also had the IPA on. The normal inducements for you to double up for a pound on spirits. An ATM machine if your cash runs out. Two 'silent' gaming machines. Sunday there's a Roast and a 'Killer Pool' evening (I hope nobody gets slaughtered?). Quiz night and occasional live music. A good sized beer garden at the rear and decking out the front so you can watch the traffic on Portsmouth Road and look at the Norman Foster designed IBM building which in the 1970's was cutting edge design and today is about the only building of merit in this architectural disaster of a town.
Again! if you have to visit this town, do yourself a favour and visit this place rather than the 'Spoons' in town as you can get parked and has a little more of what a pub is about.
BARRY2771 - 31 Jan 2011 17:28
|Nothing woth drinking, nothing worth eating; the Wetherspoons in Cosham High St is a better pub, which I think is eloquent comment enouigh.|
stevew1 - 15 May 2009 21:04
|the bridge(portsbridge) as us locals like to call it is a grate place the bar staff are all fantastic you got claire who has compleatly lost it and likes takin trips ova to forign countrys to work she has been at the bridge for 3 years now then you got gem who is 100% blonde and has prob broke more glasses then sold beer but she is a laugh then you got char who has a face like a slapped arse till you get a couple of drinks down her but she is spot on then there is bob who i mite add is a perv well he has a very dirty mind there is hayley who is a walkin jukebox on a friday night i think that covers every one but if ya want a good time pop in the bridge and say hi to the girls there a grate bunch |
anonymous - 29 Mar 2005 22:23
|its a nice pub it has live music once a month friendly staff and a good atmosefear|
gemmydoll - 29 Mar 2005 22:12
|As a Southern pub the Portsbridge rocks! Not too many scallies, and when there are - they could be worse! Friendly landlord (bob) & co. make the atmosphere welcoming - good humour. Now they do pizzas which are up there with pizza hut's (thin&crispy) but watch out coz Bob is cheese mad! Pub is also the local (unofficial) student union! Over 21s - No burbury caps!|
Drew - 29 Apr 2004 20:48
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