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Coat of Arms Pub
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
174 Fleet St
phone: (603) 431-0407
(Place added by: Bierman9)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
We are local to the Portsmouth area but before the smoking ban hadn't been here for years because of how smokey it was. We tried it right after the ban and it is now our fav, excellent selection of english brews with a couple cask conditioned at all times. (I'm talking drafts not bottles) the huntsman's caesar salad is most excellent and they have a good selection of sandwiches for reasonable money. We used to be regulars at Portsmouth Brewery and while I still love their beer, they have changed the menu one too many times for me and hubby and since we aren't into free range ostrich or $25 entrees when we go out for a bite to eat and a couple beers, the Coat of Arms is where you will find us.
Service is always very good and attentive and we love their Tues night reduced price on drafts!!
11-28-2007 23:54:14 |
More by bird18
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
This British Pub is just off Hanover St. on Fleet St. next to the public parking garage. As you enter from the street, you must climb a flight of stairs to reach the pub, where you are greeted by a bright red telephone booth. This not not a huge place, but it does have a decent, L-shaped, all wood bar and some tables, as well as a snooker table near the front. The walls are brick, and there are some windows in the front area. In lieu of coasters or napkins, there are bar towels in front of each bar chair. Mounted on a mirror behind the bar are two clocks: one with local time and one with London time. There is one tv near the back.
As for the beers, I counted 11 taps and 3 cask engines. When I visited, they had Ruddles County, Old Thumper (brewed by Shipyard), and Prelude (Shipyard) on cask. They also serve 3 Unibroue beers in 750 mL bottles (La Fin du Monde, Maudite, and Trois Pistoles). The other 11 taps are a variety of beers typical of British pubs (check their web site for a listing). They have a decent selection of whiskeys as well.
I found the bar tenders to be friendly and helpful and the patrons to be pleasant, though this place was a bit smokey when someone nearby decided to light up. Overall, it seemed like a very cozy pub, and from the number of people ordering food, the food seems good, though I did not sample it.
Last visit 10/9/2004
Had some food this time. Sampled the Shepard's Pie (made with lamb). Very tasty and filling. The food portions are good. Others in my party had the Bangers and Mash, and the sausages were quite large.
They now have an "internet jukebox" which offers some good tunes.
03-09-2003 20:56:28 |
More by UncleJimbo
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I don't smoke, but I smell like one when I leave.
Seriously, it is possible in this second floor establishment to turn immediately right when you enter, and the smoke will be less noticeable. Sit over by the snooker table (Look closely: that ain't pocket billiards the way we know it.) Atmosphere may work a little hard (and a little hard is just about right to me: there are all sorts of imported tchotchkes around, but not to the rafters like a TGIFridays.) to be "British" but the regulars make it feel grounded, and less like a Disneyfied "British" pub.
I've been impressed that a NH bar should have not only a fine selection of stouts, milds, creams, scottishes etc., but also some Shipyard products on cask, which seem to only turn up at Federal Jacks and the Great Lost Bear otherwise. They keep their lines very clean, and the glassware always fits the order.
I have found that some work with the menu is appropriate. If you've never heard of it, order it. The ploughman's lunch is nice, the scotch eggs are frightening my arteries right now and French fries with curry sauce, onions and red peppers is my must-have appetiser in Portsmouth.
A regular stop.
06-16-2003 08:28:32 |
More by ecoboy
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: 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: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
On any given day you can find on tap a good mix of standard imports from the British Isles, as well as a couple of local items, usually from Shipyard. There are usually two cask offerings, as well as ciders and a wider selection of Euro imports, such as Franziskaner or Lindemans, in bottles. Tables also have lists of beer mixes, such as Irish warrior. TVs show soccer, though the screens aren't particularly imposing, so if you have Fox Soccer Channel at home, don't come just for the watching part.
The food quality is among the best in the area for the price range. Lots of British pub favorites, as well as American standard fare.
There's a dart board, a snooker table, and board games.
Now as far as the friendliness of the staff goes, that is one area I can't rate this place too highly. There's a doorman/bartender Bart, who is a hell of a friendly and professional guy, and if everyone was like him I would give this place a 5, but through the years we've had a couple of waiters/waitresses that were not really all that friendly, and unfortunately those bad apples stick in your memory, especially 'cos there have been a few. Most of the staff is decent enough, so def. check it out if you are in the neighbourhood.
01-23-2010 17:20:10 |
More by SevaTse
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
If you are in Portsmouth, this is the best beer bar in town. It is on a side street, up a flight of stairs, so it tends to be just locals.
The focus is on English and Irish styles with a couple of cast beers and a host of English and Irish imports (Fullers ESB, Fullers IPA, Green King IPA, Smithwicks, Guinness...). I recommend the Green King IPA, one of my favorites. They carry the British theme through with a snooker table; a couple of dartboards, and free copies of the US based English press.
The crowd tends to be young and "alt" for Portsmouth, which is a nice, break from the "party" weekend crowds in Portsmouth. It has a welcoming, live and let live vibe.
During the day they often play Sirius Garage channel and at night they switch to their Juke Box, which has a decent selection of garage and low-fi rock. Very enjoyable.
A nice pint, some decent music, and a good crowd. Their pub grub is decent as well.
Although I know that some at the Coat of Arms took it hard, now that NH has gone smoke free, the last reason for some people to not go to the Coat of Arms (crazy level of smoke haze), has been removed. Although, it will be years before it all clears.
11-04-2007 04:28:21 |
More by rbowser
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: 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: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3
The Coat of Arms has a very nice selection of draft and bottled brews. They have two and sometimes three cask-conditioned ales and at least two bottle conditioned products. Last I was there the cask-conditioned ales were; Ruggles, Old Thumper, and Shipyards Prelude ale. They also have a decent selection of spirits. The bar seats around sixteen people and there are plenty of tables near and away from the bar. To the far right as you come in is the only snooker table (in a bar) that I know of in the Seacoast area. The place is made up very British with a tarten (blackwatch) carpet, union jacks, car & ale ads of British products from the seventies and earlier, a red phone box, etc. etc. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. The clientele is a great cross section of the population from 21 to 80. Probably more blue collar than white but thus is the population. It a good people watching bar (free entertainment?).
The food is British pub fare. Need I say more. I've had worse and I've had better. And yes, as the others have said it can be very smoky, just like a English pub. I like being there on Friday afternoons (they don't open before 5 Monday - Thursday) when there are only six or seven people around. Still it is one of the best beer selections in Portsmouth.
11-20-2002 10:05:53 |
More by purplehops
Coat of Arms Pub in Portsmouth, NH
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