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Coat of Arms Pub
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
174 Fleet St
phone: (603) 431-0407
(Place added by: Bierman9)
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| Reviews: 35 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2 | $$$
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
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
Second stop on our Saturday Portsmouth pub crawl. When you first walk in, you walk up this set of stairs that are just covered with a dirty and torn carpet. Not a nice greeting. My wife almost wanted to bail on this joint. Kinda nasty looking entrance. Upstairs, it's pretty much a replica British pub. Everything you'd expect to see cluttering the walls. While they had a lot of beers, nothing really stood out. Lots of Brit and Irish beers, a load of Sam Smith stuff, a sprinkling of standard imports like Leffe and Frazizkaner, etc. Hardly any local stuff. Pretty boring list. I went with the only decent choice I could find: the Old Thumper on cask. Pretty smooth. The wife just gave up and ordered a Guinness. Prices seemed reasonable for most beers. In the end, this place didn't offer me any reasons to recommend it.
02-24-2009 00:14:47 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
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
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
I have friends who love this place. They love the bouncer you meet when you arrive on the second floor, they love the British and Irish beer selection, they love the grimy floors, they love the video game table, and they love the vibe. I don't get it.
This place is a real dump, and maybe that's what they're looking for in a night out. It certainly is a place where you can find a table and settle in for the night, but that's about it. That's not what I'm looking for in a bar, though. And certainly not a dingy carpeted stairway with a defunct fountain when you walk in.
The beer list does nothing for me. There are so many bars in town featuring a fine selection of New Hampshire and Maine beers, I don't know why someone would go to one of the few bars that seems to have forgotten the city's fine beers.
I've split some snacks with people, and they are tasty. I'll give them that, plus the place has the advantage of being across the street from the ultimate post-bar greasy spoon, Gilly's.
I'll go here with friends who love it, but not without first trying to talk them into going elsewhere.
edit: to the guy above me: where did you get the idea I'm looking for Bud Light or frat boys? I'm looking for New England craft brews in a city with one brewery for every 6,000 residents and there's hardly any to be found at the Coat of Arms. The Coat has its place, and maybe I was a bit hard on it as it can be an enjoyable place to stop by, but it's not a destination for me.
09-23-2009 20:34:54 |
More by FrankLloydMike
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$
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
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
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: 3.5 | 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: 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 |
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