Coat of Arms Pub
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3.24/5 rDev -14.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$
I went here last night with three friends, and was severely disappointed. The atmosphere is actually great. Very unique, especially for the area. The beer selection was well above average. A lot of European brews, many of which I haven't had the opportunity to try previously. However, the service was unbelievably bad. I was a few minutes behind my friends, and while they had drinks when I came in, it took me about 20 minutes to track down our waitress to order a drink for myself. She seemed more occupied with talking to people at the bar than providing us service. The next round we ordered took about 20 minutes to come in full. I don't know if she was having a bad night, or what, but it was actually only the second time I didn't leave much of a tip. After all this, she had the courage to call us out for not leaving a tip to my friend's girlfriend. I was extremely surprised.
Overall, I think I would go back. However, I would make an effort to sit at the bar in order to avoid the horrible service that I hope was an aberration.
02-22-2009 17:31:47 | More by abartke
3.13/5 rDev -17.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
I have friends who love this place. They love the bouncer you meet when you arrive on the second floor, they love the British and Irish beer selection, they love the grimy floors, they love the video game table, and they love the vibe. I don't get it.
This place is a real dump, and maybe that's what they're looking for in a night out. It certainly is a place where you can find a table and settle in for the night, but that's about it. That's not what I'm looking for in a bar, though. And certainly not a dingy carpeted stairway with a defunct fountain when you walk in.
The beer list does nothing for me. There are so many bars in town featuring a fine selection of New Hampshire and Maine beers, I don't know why someone would go to one of the few bars that seems to have forgotten the city's fine beers.
I've split some snacks with people, and they are tasty. I'll give them that, plus the place has the advantage of being across the street from the ultimate post-bar greasy spoon, Gilly's.
I'll go here with friends who love it, but not without first trying to talk them into going elsewhere.
edit: to the guy above me: where did you get the idea I'm looking for Bud Light or frat boys? I'm looking for New England craft brews in a city with one brewery for every 6,000 residents and there's hardly any to be found at the Coat of Arms. The Coat has its place, and maybe I was a bit hard on it as it can be an enjoyable place to stop by, but it's not a destination for me.
09-23-2009 20:34:54 | More by FrankLloydMike
2.95/5 rDev -22.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
the coat is a great place to go if youre looking for some authentic english food, great draught beers, or to feel as though you've been transported to liverpool. the entire feel is something different than any other place youll find in portsmouth, upstairs, very low key, all the staff is wearing soccer/futbol jerseys, with soccer/futbol playing on all the screens. the only issue i have with the service is they seem to be a bit uptight, and at times condescending. i've been there with people not so familiar with english ales or anything straying from newcastle and guinness; when they ask about ales they recieve cold, sometimes rude responses. also being young everytime i go for a beer i am grilled next to my id as if i was attemping to extract government secrets.
the food is great, very english and well portioned and priced. ive had the nachos which seem to deviate a bit from the english feel, but were well done; as well as the chicken pot pie which was great. also have heard the burgers are great.
the draughts are what truly make this place. they have a great line up of draughts ranging from newcastle, to guinness, to bass, to old speckeled hen, to boddingtons. the mixed pints are great as well; many people ive talked to have only encountered a black and tan, while the coat has black and browns, black and whites, tons of great draught combos. overall the coat is a great place to get a few great beers or to get some unique food otherwise not found in the average bar on this side of the atlantic.
08-28-2008 20:38:12 | More by irishtjb11
2.94/5 rDev -22.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
Second stop on our Saturday Portsmouth pub crawl. When you first walk in, you walk up this set of stairs that are just covered with a dirty and torn carpet. Not a nice greeting. My wife almost wanted to bail on this joint. Kinda nasty looking entrance. Upstairs, it's pretty much a replica British pub. Everything you'd expect to see cluttering the walls. While they had a lot of beers, nothing really stood out. Lots of Brit and Irish beers, a load of Sam Smith stuff, a sprinkling of standard imports like Leffe and Frazizkaner, etc. Hardly any local stuff. Pretty boring list. I went with the only decent choice I could find: the Old Thumper on cask. Pretty smooth. The wife just gave up and ordered a Guinness. Prices seemed reasonable for most beers. In the end, this place didn't offer me any reasons to recommend it.
02-24-2009 00:14:47 | More by morebeergood
2.4/5 rDev -36.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2 | $$$
I've been to this place a couple times and each time I left pretty unimpressed. The last time I went was the final straw for me though. The service was completely unprofessional IMO.
I ordered two Guiness (one for me, one for my friend) and the bartender proceeded to pour half of each and to give them a minute to let the foam settle. Well a minute turned into forty five minutes of the bartenders ignoring me, even when I attempted to get their attention. Well, forty five minutes later, I got the beers and got to hang out with my friends. Also, the two Guiness were a total of $12. One of the worst experiences at a bar I've ever had.
The selection wasn't the best there either. SOme nice English brews, but nothing deviating too much from bitters and some brown ales. There was Shipyard's XXXX IPA on tap, but I'm not a huge fan.
I avoid here now, even though I always hear good things. This is the only place I have ever given a subpar tip (I left $1 for the two Guiness) to a bartender to. If you're in Portsmouth, the Blue Mermaind (Great service) and the Portsmouth Brewery are the places to go.
06-25-2010 19:30:59 | More by Gosox8787
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Coat of Arms Pub in Portsmouth, NH
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