Coat of Arms Pub

Coat of Arms PubCoat of Arms Pub
Coat of Arms PubCoat of Arms Pub
Bar, Eatery

174 Fleet St
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 03801-4021
United States

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Reviews by Hibernator:
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Hibernator from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Jan 18, 2011
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Faxmesomehalibut from New Hampshire

4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Authentically British in style, this is an awesome spot in Portsmouth if you want to grab a pint, or one of their amazingly selected casks and watch a soccer match!

Jun 04, 2015
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TBonez477 from Vermont

4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Apr 20, 2015
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CTFalcon from Connecticut

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Apr 20, 2015
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Ajburke10 from New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +30.2%

Dec 16, 2014
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

It's what you'd expect from a British pub. Lots of wood and it's fairly dark. They always have soccer games on. Beer section isn't great, but it's the place you go fro a Guinness or the like. Skip the food and just go across the street to Giley's.

Oct 20, 2014
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bowzer4birdie from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Jul 25, 2014
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Pwbres from Maine

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Jul 16, 2014
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mklisz from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

May 19, 2014
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Rekrule from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Apr 08, 2014
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BierBliss from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Apr 04, 2014
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Kelp from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Mar 25, 2014
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TheRealPour from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Nov 01, 2013
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Oct 13, 2013
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rjp217 from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Aug 01, 2013
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bum732 from Lesotho

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Jun 24, 2013
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Cavanaghty from Maine

4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Sep 17, 2012
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cbeer88 from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

Jan 02, 2012
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pburland23 from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Mar 15, 2011
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Gosox8787 from New Hampshire

2.4/5  rDev -37.5%
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.

Jun 25, 2010
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SevaTse from New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Jan 23, 2010
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ElGallo from New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Jan 14, 2010
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alkchrios from New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +30.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

To the kid below me... the page is right around the corner... they have all the bud light, fat chicks, and frat bros you could ask for

The Coat of Arms is a great place to hang out and drink fine imports as well as locals. Apparently the kid below me went there maybe once or else he would know that the coat as not forgotten about local beer and serves a few great shipyard brews. The coat is the only bar that ive been to in this city that offers cask beer at the correct temperature.

The food is great...the beer is great... the bartenders are extremely educated as ive talked beer with almost all of them on many occasions.


Jan 04, 2010
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FrankLloydMike from Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Sep 23, 2009
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roopy40 from Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Awesome place. I walked in to see a huge mural on the wall of Austin Powers and a woman wearing underwear (appropriate) with the pattern of the Great Britain flag on them...awesome. Next you see a huge red phone booth, very cool. As you look across the room, there is a fireplace on the right, you are greeted by the host and are asked if you need a table or are just going to sit at the bar. The bar was full of patrons, drinking and conversing. The bar offered a wide variety of UK beers on tap, nitro and cask, wonderful. All the workers wore sports jerseys, games (footy, rugbee, etc) were on wide screen HD screens all over. Pool and darts were available to entertain you as well.

On to the beer. I went to the bar during the first short visit. I had Shipyard Prelude (review here - on cask. I then had a Beamish nitro just to round off the day and to go with the theme of the bar.

Later, we went back for dinner and it was even more warm and inviting and populated with patrons eager to sample the wonderful ales and food. We sat right across from the fireplace and under a Newcastle jersey. Not my favorite Premier League team, but I wasn't going to offend anyone by saying so. I ordered the bangers and mash and had a Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout. Delicious!

Overall, I loved this pub and would suggest that anyone around the Portsmouth area check it out. The prices are reasonable, the food is plentiful and delicious and the beers are a plenty with a good selection available.



Mar 20, 2009
Coat of Arms Pub in Portsmouth, NH
Place rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 47 ratings