Coat of Arms Pub
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 35 | Show All Ratings:
3.83/5 rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
Late night found me looking for a place to dine in Portsmouth. Found the Coat of Arms to be lively on a midweek night. Second floor walk up , the entrance doesn't impress. Upstairs the bar looks inviting with tables all over and darts boards in the back. I grab a bar stool and check out the menu. Old speckled hen iPa cream flow draft is delicious . Would definitely repeat this beer here. Order the cottage pie from the decidedly British menu. Second beer is a twisted thistle iPa. Good but liked the hen better. Decent service, food is good. Nice place, worthy of a repeat.
10-13-2013 02:24:11 | More by WunderLlama
4.06/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
3.73/5 rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Walked in a Monday at opening, first ones there. Walked up a staircase to and old, very "British" looking pub with a dart area, snooker table and a couple of TVs with many wooden tables throughout. Fairly dark in there with music blasting at the time. Very solid big English beer taps including strongbow, bass, old bombardier, guiness, London pride, old thistle, pbr, hoedaarden and 3 cask taps. The casks were all from a local brewery called throwback. I had the brown ale on cask dry hopped with citra in an imperial pint for 6.50. Lots of Irish and scotch whiskies.
Overall, I really enjoyed this place. Sure, it doesn't have 20 craft taps, but that's not what they're going for. A really nice change of pace and I loved their cask offering. Definitely check it out.
06-24-2013 21:43:10 | More by bum732
4.23/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Tried out this little pub in Portsmouth, actually because I was an extra on an independent film at the bar. So I figured I would try it while I was there. Clean little place that has that typical English/Scottish/ Irish feel to it. Service was ok, no complaints. More imports from the Brittish Ilses, Germany and so on. Like Old Speckled Hen, Belhaven, Boddingtons. There were some local microbrews like Shipyard, Moat Mountain. I actually did not see any Buds or Millers or anything like that, in fact after asking they don't serve any of those at all, expect Corona and PBR. Overall nice little stop if you are in the area. I will be making a trip back very soon.
09-17-2012 16:10:44 | More by Cavanaghty
3.8/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Decided to nightcap here while spending the night in Portsmouth.
First appearance is a bit off-putting, as you honestly feel like you're about to walk into a strip club. Colored lighting on the entrance and you walk in on the first level, but need to take ratty old stairs up to a second level before you can see anything. Once inside, the room itself is simultaneously rather large but kind of cozy. Nice big bar and a good amount of tables. It definitely hasn't been updated in years, but it's not off-putting.
Beer selection is decent. Quite a few taps but lots of un-interesting stuff. A few common British taps like Fuller's and Wells. The highlight was probably the 3 Shipyard casks. Bottle selection does a good job of filling in the gaps, ranging from Brewdog Tokyo to Smuttynose locals.
Service was fine - the place wasn't that busy so the bartender was attentive and friendly. Didn't get food, but the fish and chips looked pretty good.
Prices seemed ok - $12 for a hearty pour from a Shipyard Barleywine cask and a Smuttynose Porter.
Overall, not a bad stop if you want to watch a game or you're burned out from Portsmouth Brewery. But definitely not a must-visit.
01-02-2012 01:56:42 | More by cbeer88
3.3/5 rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
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
3.68/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I went to Coat of Arms this past weekend. It was pretty easy to find, located in the downtown Portsmouth area and close to music store favorites Oracle and Odyssey & Bull Moose Music.
You go up up the worn staircase and you're greeted with a good sized bar area with tables and chairs. A cool red painted phone booth too. This place goes for an authentic English Pub feel. It was fairly empty while I was there during lunch time and our service was attentive.
In terms of beer selection, you can expect about 15 draft selections with two of those being cask drafts. I ordered a cask beer that was really tasty. They were offering Shipyard Old Thumper and Prelude. Regular draft beers included Carlsberg, Belhaven Scottish Ale & Twisted Thistle IPA, Fuller's London Pride, Hoegaarden, Shipyard Old Thumper, Guinness, Newcastle, Smithwicks and Boddingtons.
Bottled beer highlights were Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout, Unibroue Maudite & La Fin Du Mod.
This place has a comfortable and casual atmosphere with board games, pool, dart boards and a cool Ms. Pac Man set up. Worth checking out for an English or Irish beer or a good stop on a pub crawl in this town.
01-18-2011 01:18:02 | More by Hibernator
2.4/5 rDev -36.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2 | $$$
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
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
On any given day you can find on tap a good mix of standard imports from the British Isles, as well as a couple of local items, usually from Shipyard. There are usually two cask offerings, as well as ciders and a wider selection of Euro imports, such as Franziskaner or Lindemans, in bottles. Tables also have lists of beer mixes, such as Irish warrior. TVs show soccer, though the screens aren't particularly imposing, so if you have Fox Soccer Channel at home, don't come just for the watching part.
The food quality is among the best in the area for the price range. Lots of British pub favorites, as well as American standard fare.
There's a dart board, a snooker table, and board games.
Now as far as the friendliness of the staff goes, that is one area I can't rate this place too highly. There's a doorman/bartender Bart, who is a hell of a friendly and professional guy, and if everyone was like him I would give this place a 5, but through the years we've had a couple of waiters/waitresses that were not really all that friendly, and unfortunately those bad apples stick in your memory, especially 'cos there have been a few. Most of the staff is decent enough, so def. check it out if you are in the neighbourhood.
01-23-2010 17:20:10 | More by SevaTse
3.53/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
Coat of Arms Pub in Portsmouth, NH
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