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Coat of Arms Pub
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
174 Fleet St
phone: (603) 431-0407
(Place added by: Bierman9)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 35 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Me and the wife finaly went in last friday .I figured that By now some of the smoke might have finaly cleared out of the place. Since New Hampshire is finaly smoke free in restarants. Nothing aganst smokers but this place was overly smoke filled . Belive it or not it still smelled like smoke. It may Take a year or more to clear it out LOL The place is great tho lots of atomesphere.They even have some Free board games there if you want to spend some time . I had the fish and chips ,the fish portion was huge and great tasting , even had a british ESB on tap to go along with it .They have a nice selection of ales on tap as well as some out of the ordiary bottle's to chose from. My wife got the fish sandwich with the onion rings it was great as well (she was unable to finish her portion either ) We will definatly be back ( I have to try the real shepard pie made with ground lamb )
10-13-2007 23:19:50 |
More by joepais
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Second stop on our recent NH beer tour for my wife Sara and I. Basically, we fell in love with this English style pub when we got there. Definite non descript sign out front. Up the steps opens up into the bar area. The L-shaped bar allows is in the middle, with seating to the left and right. To the right is also a snooker table, and to the left in back are dartboards.
The decor is darker, but with lots of posters advertising special nights and other beerania on the walls, all very cool. Above the bar were christmas lights, and behind it were various English nicknacks. On the back of the bar are 2 clocks, one with Greenwich Mean Time on it, which was kind of cool but also messes with you after a few pints. Again, as at Redhook, it did not quite meet Sara's bar specification, being the no hooks below the bar for her belongings.
We sat in front of the pickled eggs, however Sara declined my dare to eat one. There were probably about 12 different beers on tap, nice line up of English beers you don't often see in the US, and also 2!! casks. All pints served in the proper English pint glass.
Service was very good, the bartenders definitely knew what they were talking about. One even discussed NERAX and the ringwood yeast strain with us. We shared an appetizer, sausages wrapped in puff pastry with spicy mustard, which was quite good. I do recommend, however, going across to the caboose diner, named Gilleys afterwards, for a hot dog and cheese fries.
After 2 pints each we didn't want to leave, but we knew we'd have to if we ever wanted to hit any other places that night. A definite must stop on any return trip to Portsmouth.
04-19-2007 00:06:44 |
More by tboom29
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I like this place. You go up some twisty steps and enter a cool little pub on the second floor. This is New Hampshire, so it can get pretty smokey. They have a long line of taps which plenty of yummy beers to choose from. I was focussed on the Fuller's, but if I remember correctly they had all the favorites of an English pub: Boddingtons, Guiness, Harp, etc. Plus some hard cider on tap.
There are darts and pool tables to occupy your time. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The wear Eurpean Football (Soccer) jerseys to help set the mood.
I know we are supposed to concentrate on the beer, but I should mention the bartenders also have a flair for mixed drinks. If you happen to be with a person who doesn't like beer (yet), they will be happy with the alternatives. Maybe because it's a college town but i saw a lot of flourescent colored mixed drinks.
I don't know if this place has food, but directly across the street is a legendary dinner that serves some of the best hamburgers and hotdogs you'll ever find. The place is so small, that most stuff is "to go". The Coat of Arms will gladly let you bring the food to their place, to enjoy with a beer.
01-08-2007 23:13:55 |
More by JimFalzone
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This place is like a time warp. It reminds me of something from the 70's like the old Scotch and Sirloins we used to have in Boston or at least it looks like that on the outside. The Coat is off the beaten path so it is generally not as busy as some of the places on Market street. I go to this place every time I am in Porstmouth and I always enjoy it. Nothing real special to the layout although the British phone booth is cool when you walk up the stairs to enter the place.
Beer selection leans towards British beers and most of 'em are fairly easy to find. Marston's pedigree is kind of unusual on-tap but I tried it and it really doesn't seem much different on-tap versus bottle.They do have a couple beers on cask from Franconia notch brewing and one was great and the other was nothing special. I did have a Maudite from a 22oz bomber and they had the proper glassware for it. I also liked how the proper glasses were given to my friends also when I told the bartender I wanted to share it.
03-23-2005 01:19:46 |
More by rousee
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
Another nice pub located at just a 2minute walk from the 3 other nice pubs in this *Tiny* city/town. Atmosphere is good, the bar is up a flight of stairs, and the UK decorations (red phone box, etc) are a nice touch. The quality of my gral ale (franconia notch) were nice, and I felt like an idiot when I assumed the beer would be Middle Ages wonderful version. Service was fast and friendly and prices were fair. Selection was not great, but good for this area, with 3 locals on cask, and some decent UK taps as well as some decent bottles, including Unibroue. Another nice stop.
03-16-2005 20:08:25 |
More by francisweizen
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3
The Coat of Arms is a great beer bar which focuses on British & Irish beers, and regional craft beers. They usually have a couple of cask conditioned ales on tap. I have been going to "the Coat" for years as a Portsmouth resident and rate it as one of the best bars in town. They usually have several beers that can not be found anywhere else in the area, like Beamish Stout, one of my favorites. They know how to store their ales, and serve them at a more reasonable temp. than the ice cold ales you might get else where.
The Coat has a dark, British Pub atmosphere which I enjoy. The main drawback for my wife and I is the smoke. It has always been a smokey place, and despite putting in new smoke eaters, you still go home feeling like you bathed in ash. Still a great place to have a few.
01-21-2005 18:30:36 |
More by Holden
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
I remember when this place was called the Toucan, a Mediterranean restaurant that accommodated family dining by using big scrolls of white paper as table cloths, and providing each table with a box of Crayons. Many a budding Picasso was introduced to his muse while munching on the daily pizzetta.
In its current incarnation, the Coat is most excellent. Outside of Boston, this is the only place aside from the British Beer Company chain that carries this many UK taps. Their bangers and mash are excellent, as is their ploughman's platter. The darts seem to be quite popular, and you can catch the occasional snooker game as well. Football (soccer) always seems to be on the idiot box. The service is somewhat surly, but always attentive.
12-19-2004 23:38:50 |
More by Truh
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5
I'm a little surprised by some of the beerflys for this place, so I'll make this quick: unlike, say Maine, and now Massachusetts, smoking is still allowed in bars in NH.
Ok, now about the pub. Yes, it's dripping in Britishness, from the artwork on the walls (beer, cars, etc), to even the industrial tartan carpeting on the floor. But they had about 12 beers on tap, from John Courage, to McEwens, to Beamish, pretty much what you would expect. They also had three beer engines, two of which were operating with US Old Thumper, and Franconia Notch Grail Pale Ale...so guess which one we had to start? Yep, the Franconia, which was interesting and easy to drink. We did have 2 of the Brit tap offerings, the J. Courage, and the McEwens...er stick to the local cask (I reviewed the John Courage, The Franconia, and we still aren't sure about what was going on w/the McEwens, we think it was the wrong beer). All beers were served in proper 20 oz pints, a big plus. This was during the afternoon on a Saturday, and the place wasn't busy at all. Later we came back to eat with Jimbo and Co, and it was very busy. Stuck with the Franconia. I wasn't as impressed with my fish and chips, but David really liked his bangers and mashed. Would come back to see what they had on cask next time I'm in town.
10-11-2004 15:33:46 |
More by PatandDavid
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
I have visited this place about four or five times and actually am planning a trip for next weekend. Located on a side street off the main drag in downtown Portsmouth.
I only go in the afternoon so the smoke usually isn't that bad. I go for one main reason. The cask ales. They usually have two cask ales on at all times. Ruddles and Shipyard are the norm, but you will see others.
Ther service seems to be good. They don't go out of their way to make friends but I have never sat there with an empty glass.
For me, this is a must stop in Portsmouth.
09-12-2003 11:13:23 |
More by CharlesRiver
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Like others, I was in town to hit the Portsmouth Brewery, but I found this place as I was turning into the parking garage.
I like it because there are so many unfamiliar beers on tap, including at least two on gravity tap. I didn't find anything that reallt blew me away on this trip, but I had to pace myself because I knew I was headed up the street shortly.
Very attentive staff seems knwoledgable as well.
A little dark, but I suppose that adds to the atmosphere.
I'll go back.
Went back. Really liked it again.
Had real solid food -- sausages in puff-pastry and a Scotch egg, which is a hardboiled egg, peeled, wrapped in sausage and breading and deep-fried. Yummy. Good service.
The tapline is all British with the exception of a Portsmouth Brewing Co. beer (Pumpkin Ale in this case). Three casks, and two had good stuff from Franconia Notch.
06-28-2003 15:54:02 |
More by LiamStLiam
Coat of Arms Pub in Portsmouth, NH
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