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Coat of Arms Pub
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
174 Fleet St
phone: (603) 431-0407
(Place added by: Bierman9)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 35 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
Late night found me looking for a place to dine in Portsmouth. Found the Coat of Arms to be lively on a midweek night. Second floor walk up , the entrance doesn't impress. Upstairs the bar looks inviting with tables all over and darts boards in the back. I grab a bar stool and check out the menu. Old speckled hen iPa cream flow draft is delicious . Would definitely repeat this beer here. Order the cottage pie from the decidedly British menu. Second beer is a twisted thistle iPa. Good but liked the hen better. Decent service, food is good. Nice place, worthy of a repeat.
10-13-2013 02:24:11 |
More by WunderLlama
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Decided to nightcap here while spending the night in Portsmouth.
First appearance is a bit off-putting, as you honestly feel like you're about to walk into a strip club. Colored lighting on the entrance and you walk in on the first level, but need to take ratty old stairs up to a second level before you can see anything. Once inside, the room itself is simultaneously rather large but kind of cozy. Nice big bar and a good amount of tables. It definitely hasn't been updated in years, but it's not off-putting.
Beer selection is decent. Quite a few taps but lots of un-interesting stuff. A few common British taps like Fuller's and Wells. The highlight was probably the 3 Shipyard casks. Bottle selection does a good job of filling in the gaps, ranging from Brewdog Tokyo to Smuttynose locals.
Service was fine - the place wasn't that busy so the bartender was attentive and friendly. Didn't get food, but the fish and chips looked pretty good.
Prices seemed ok - $12 for a hearty pour from a Shipyard Barleywine cask and a Smuttynose Porter.
Overall, not a bad stop if you want to watch a game or you're burned out from Portsmouth Brewery. But definitely not a must-visit.
01-02-2012 01:56:42 |
More by cbeer88
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Another of many pubs in the downtown Portsmouth area. This is a decent pseudo-British pub just down the street from the Portsmouth Brewery. From the outside, this place is a rather nondescript brick building. The Coat has a dark, woody Brit feel to it, but can get a bit smoky sometimes. Cool London-style phone booth as you come in (which is up a flight of stairs after entering the building). They have a decent selection of bottles and drafts, with local micros doing well. I believe cask selections are also availableGive it shot!
atmosphere: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: n/a | $$
08-15-2002 10:00:20 |
More by Bierman9
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Walked in a Monday at opening, first ones there. Walked up a staircase to and old, very "British" looking pub with a dart area, snooker table and a couple of TVs with many wooden tables throughout. Fairly dark in there with music blasting at the time. Very solid big English beer taps including strongbow, bass, old bombardier, guiness, London pride, old thistle, pbr, hoedaarden and 3 cask taps. The casks were all from a local brewery called throwback. I had the brown ale on cask dry hopped with citra in an imperial pint for 6.50. Lots of Irish and scotch whiskies.
Overall, I really enjoyed this place. Sure, it doesn't have 20 craft taps, but that's not what they're going for. A really nice change of pace and I loved their cask offering. Definitely check it out.
06-24-2013 21:43:10 |
More by bum732
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: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Good English Pub, tries to keep the best of what the U.K. can offer.
Also one of the few places that you can catch MLS, FIFA soccer/futbal games.
Come in around the fall and have a "Sleepy Hollow" : Pumpkin Ale, and Hard Cider...
Flip over the menu and find the rule to the snooker table. For all the 100% Americans: it's like a pool table with narrower, pockets and diffrent rules, anthor English standard.
Casks, large amount of on tap selections, good choice on bottle rareities and specials, distilled spirts, and very awesome English inspired, New England food.
11-30-2007 13:52:43 |
More by graveRacker
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I went to Coat of Arms this past weekend. It was pretty easy to find, located in the downtown Portsmouth area and close to music store favorites Oracle and Odyssey & Bull Moose Music.
You go up up the worn staircase and you're greeted with a good sized bar area with tables and chairs. A cool red painted phone booth too. This place goes for an authentic English Pub feel. It was fairly empty while I was there during lunch time and our service was attentive.
In terms of beer selection, you can expect about 15 draft selections with two of those being cask drafts. I ordered a cask beer that was really tasty. They were offering Shipyard Old Thumper and Prelude. Regular draft beers included Carlsberg, Belhaven Scottish Ale & Twisted Thistle IPA, Fuller's London Pride, Hoegaarden, Shipyard Old Thumper, Guinness, Newcastle, Smithwicks and Boddingtons.
Bottled beer highlights were Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout, Unibroue Maudite & La Fin Du Mod.
This place has a comfortable and casual atmosphere with board games, pool, dart boards and a cool Ms. Pac Man set up. Worth checking out for an English or Irish beer or a good stop on a pub crawl in this town.
01-18-2011 01:18:02 |
More by Hibernator
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This is my favorite place to start a Portsmouth pub crawl (if you're wondering - you always finish at The Portsmouth Brewery). I have loved this place since it opened more than a decade ago, and I love it more now that it's smoke-free. Staff knows their beers and is very friendly. Food is quite good if you like traditional British pub fare. There is always a cask offering (though I wish it wasn't always a Shipyard brew), and they frequently have Old Peculier in the bottle (only place in Portsmouth, I believe). Draft selection is what you would expect for a British pub - it's not off-the-charts, but it's good IMO. Not a place to hang out all night, but great for a few pints and some good conversation.
01-14-2010 16:46:47 |
More by ElGallo
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: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Popped into the Coat of Arms for a nightcap last weekend in Portsmouth.
2nd floor bar with a slightly worn look and youthful crowd. Having lived in the UK, I thought they did a pretty good job making the bar setup look like a typical English pub. The taps were of a British fashion as were the measured hard alcohol dispensers. The rest of the pub looked like there wasn't much of a theme. Tables, chairs and beer posters.
The selection was pretty weak: Guinness, Harping, Carlsberg, Stella. I was able to get a pint of Fuller's London Pride which made me happy. Bonus points for using imperial pints...always a nice touch.
All in all, with the other options available in Portsmouth, I'm not sure I'll be checking in at the Coat of Arms again anytime soon.
03-15-2011 00:15:45 |
More by pburland23
Coat of Arms Pub in Portsmouth, NH
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