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Fifth Hants Volunteer Arms, Southsea

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user reviews of the Fifth Hants Volunteer Arms, Southsea

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changed hands, still a rough old boozer, beer still dodgy

littlecon - 20 Dec 2012 15:18
Am old school hard drinkers boozer. Only Fullers brews on, Seafarers was drinkable. I went in the public bar the, lounge might have been a bit tidier.
anonymous - 16 Oct 2012 17:21
Boozerbill seems to have a problem with men over a certain age?
nokegthanks - 31 Aug 2012 22:34
All right but not great. Loads of middle-aged men very much the worse for wear. If that's your thing then enjoy.
boozerbill - 31 Aug 2012 22:08
Despite being in the GBG there was no real cider as I would have expected. Lots more puts on Albert Road area to pick before this one - agree with last few comments
WelshOwl - 27 Aug 2012 17:07
Dark and foreboding from the outside, variable service inside...not one for the ladies for sure.
It could be worse though, there is a pub up the road called the Three Marines that we were actually too scared to go in!

FLO - 5 Dec 2011 10:42
HSB, as flat as a pancake worse I've ever had, will not go back
littlecon - 1 Jul 2011 00:03
Vile smelling place, Expensive, staff are common as muck as have a nasty attitude, customer service is very poor, alcohol is seen to be watered down, rough crowd / staff, Disgusting toilets, always people smoking indoors near the back entrance

Jukebox is OK
P0rtsmouth82 - 30 Mar 2011 08:27
Caskforce appears to be correct in his summation - yes there is a proliferation of pasteurisation fans who seem content to quaff hideously-overpriced lager, but none were rowdy and there was enough of a broad mix of custom - male, female, young, old, on a Friday night to ensure this pub doesn't come across as a one-trick pony at the lower end of the social spectrum.
Actually I had a rather splendid pint of Lancer in here, which I had to quaff in the perpendicular position as there was simply no seating left - but who can knock a busy pub? Fuller's seem to have the knack of hitting the right spot with the right people and despite the decidedly unaltered pricing strategy that is based on more affluent London examples, it seems to work.

Would've been happy to remain for another, but as always, there were other fish in the sea and you have more to lose in this district by staying put than by venturing on and trying many other pubs on offer.
TWG - 14 Feb 2011 17:38
I see some comments say that is rough and not as good as it used to be. When i visited it was fine, yes full of lagerboys but not a hint of trouble. Ale wasnt great but the jukebox is one of the best i have come across.
caskforce - 10 Feb 2011 17:43
Decent enough Fuller's pub. A little on the rough side, but pretty friendly.There are, however, better pubs in the area(Leopold, Devonshire, Phoenix).
baxterfish - 29 Jan 2011 19:35
Doormen on a Sunday evening ? Lipstick round the rim of my pint glass ? Used to go in here quite a bit, but will probably not go in very often, it's busy but at the cost of being the decent boozer it used to be.
Reverend - 25 Jan 2011 15:39
great pub, good atmosphere, friendly staff.
Gooderz - 11 Nov 2010 11:30
love this pub.Great atmosphere,great jukebox,great staff.All day sunday,everthing �2.50.A pub with real charachter.
pompeyboy - 22 Oct 2010 17:02
Oh I agree, what a pub it was - what a load of rubbish now. Poor beer, poor service, poor value. Plenty of other good pubs in the area
MNH - 13 Sep 2010 16:06
My expeience echoes other reviews - not the place it was, yobs in the public and no chance of seat in lounge unless you get there very early as decent folk have deserted the public which is now part of the yob pub crawl that is this end of the road nowadays
odbod - 25 Aug 2010 12:44
I'm an infrequent visitor to this pub but my, how far has this place fallen!
Sunday lunchtime visit, public bar had a group of lagerboys. Stood waiting for 10 minutes whilst the barmaid worked out that they wantd 6 pints of fosters and a guinness. After managing to cope with that difficult order, two of her friends came in the pub and chatted away to her. When i said 'excuse me, can i get a drink now' she completely blanked me and started serving her friends. Decided to leave, won't be back (i'm sure they won't miss me) 0/10.
ropey2 - 13 Apr 2010 13:01
the back bar is nice but too many drunks in the public bar
alealealeale - 6 Jan 2009 17:34
a real faded star, 10 years ago great, now awful, beer flat and served in short measures
littlecon - 9 Jul 2007 20:32
And don't forget the "reglars"; Old Dave who is secretly a big intellectual, Josh the Judge, Jo, who seems to alternate between different sides of the bar, Steve Rednose, Bob the PC man, Hugh the Professor. Brutus and Cassius (the dogs - boxers - geggit). And the landlord is a classic - I walked in one night late (pre 24 hr licensing) and had mostly Euros in my pocket, and Adie the barman shouted out "HEY JOHN BLOKE HERE WANTS TO KNOW IF WE TAKE EUROS?" to which John replied, amid loud cheering, "Take Euros? Do we F**K!". Worn out carpet, old toilets, tatty decoration, no need to bring your own tobacco as there's enough in the atmosphere already. This is a real traditional pub serving what you expect - well kept beer. It also has a darts team and a cricket team, unusual for a city centre pub. I've been going there for over 30 years and it's on it's second landlord in all that time - and that only because the old girl died.
JKRB - 2 Dec 2006 10:09
Before entering have a serious word with your bank manager. As mentioned before, Gales pubs are ridiculously expensive. The ale is well kept but too pricey, the lager (for those inclined) is flat and horrible (and expensive!)
anonymous - 20 Nov 2006 14:58
I always like going to the 5th Hants. Always a good place to start or finish a pub run. Only downside is the exhorbitant price of the beer. Gales (as we know) is rubbish most of the time, but the price, jeez. Anyhoo, the jukebox is cool and the staff are always good - well worth the time for a visit.
Molegrub - 22 Sep 2006 18:25
Hear hear about how great this pub is! Alas the beer has gone down hill since Fullers decided to take over all the best pubs in Pompey...
anonymous - 29 Jun 2006 14:44
Possibly the best kept beer in the world.
malgrey - 23 May 2006 15:15
this is the finest pub in the country. GREAT beer and top staff who know what they atre talking about when it comes to ale.
Twinner - 13 May 2006 12:07
Find of the day with this great pub.

Fine ale and a fine venue with one part of the pub with jukebox (fine selection of tunes) and darts, then the quiter lounge for those who want a nice relaxing drink. Friendly staff and as already noted your bound to start chatting to someone random in here. Excellent pub.
tomoliver - 1 Feb 2006 09:34
As good a pub as there is in the city. Spartan, bare-floored public bar, couple of tellys high up for the sport, Gales beer plus a guest, the best jukebox, excellent staff. There is also a quieter lounge bar out the back (where the loos are). Busy at weekends, popular with crawlers along Albert Rd, and the kind of small friendly pub that makes conversation with strangers inevitable. A classic.

SJC - 11 Feb 2005 22:58
proper old school boozer. no carpets, good loud jukebox, real ales, alcoholic bar staff and two dogs. dartboard no pool table.
olly west - 6 Aug 2004 09:38

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