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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: 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 | 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: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2
Stopped in for a pint of Cask Old Thumper on saturday night. The place was jumping, although there were quite a bit of possers in the bar. Great bar scene, all ages and genders. Darts were going, shoonker being played. Smoke is still prevalent, but not as bad as my initial post. I also noticed they have some kind of "mug club" going, but I didn't bother to ask about it. Nor did I eat anything, the food being the same bland English fare. They even had bread pudding as the special that night. After I finished my pint I left, and reeked like the Marlboro man for about an hour.
If your out to get loaded on good draft, and have a portable oxygen mask, this is your place. The smoke here is so bad you can barely breath. The beer selection on tap is to die for. Boddingtons, Fullers, Old Speckled Hen, etc. The food is typical British, aweful. It is located on a side street. Worth going in for a quick pint, but stay only if you smoke. And remember, I warned you about the food. The crowd is typical goth or low life blue collar. You will not feel threatened, but rather amused that you can visit a bad English pub without leaving America.
09-26-2002 11:00:58 |
More by bewareOFpenguin
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 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
We are local to the Portsmouth area but before the smoking ban hadn't been here for years because of how smokey it was. We tried it right after the ban and it is now our fav, excellent selection of english brews with a couple cask conditioned at all times. (I'm talking drafts not bottles) the huntsman's caesar salad is most excellent and they have a good selection of sandwiches for reasonable money. We used to be regulars at Portsmouth Brewery and while I still love their beer, they have changed the menu one too many times for me and hubby and since we aren't into free range ostrich or $25 entrees when we go out for a bite to eat and a couple beers, the Coat of Arms is where you will find us.
Service is always very good and attentive and we love their Tues night reduced price on drafts!!
11-28-2007 23:54:14 |
More by bird18
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
A very down to earth, dare I say "divey" English pub. I friggin love this place. If you want casual and a chill spot, this is it. Not a huge selection of beers but a good assortment on English/British brews and a few local guys like Shipyard, Throwback, etc.... They have an excellent assortment of casks which is awesome. No one's pretentious, the bartenders are cool and it's a good place to hang and/or catch some soccer. My #1 thing about this place is their beer battered fish and chips. Pair that with a Fullers ESB or any ESB they have for that matter and it'll be a kick ass meal. One of the very best fish and chips I've ever had and I am constantly coming back for it. They do trivia on Sundays which is pretty sweet to get together with people. This is my go to Portsmouth spot and I'm sure it's a favorite of many.
08-01-2013 14:48:59 |
More by rjp217
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I stopped in during a recent visit to Portsmouth. We had visited several years ago and remembered it mostly for the level of smoke. Given its upstairs, windowlwss location, it's still dark and a bit stuffy, but the overpowering smoke presence has dissipated.
Thurday evening is "$2.95 Pint Night" from 6 or 7 until 9. We got there just in time and our first pint was at the bargain price. Together, we had a Old Thumper (cask), Newcastle, Fullers ESB, and Shipyard Pumpkin. All were fresh and served by a pleasant, if not overly friendly staff.
The place was busy from 8:45 - 10:15. There were a total of 10-12 taps, all UK except for the Shipyard.
11-10-2008 17:28:17 |
More by cdmastro
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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