“It’s coming home, it’s coming. Football’s coming home”
screamed the bare chested Pompey fans as I left the Fawcett Arms tonight, armed with huge Chinese meal for one from the Golden Horse and sixteen aspirin.
Any sensible person would have popped in the Beer Guide pub (Lawrence Arms) or recent GBG entry while waiting for their pork balls.
I succumbed to the lure of the place next door.
Not because of the Cask Marque sticker, or the Pub Galore reviews. But because it sometimes pays to explore what’s on your doorstep.
Just another Southsea street corner boozer with local lads playing pool, and warm Doom Bar, presumably ?
Apparently not. A beer range that would have guaranteed Pub of the Season 20 year ago.
But surely it’ll be rubbish ?
Somehow it was superb, as tasty a pint as I’ve had since the brewery tap in Burslem last year.
In fact, it got better and better, rising to a crescendo of NBSS 4 as they played Scooter’s “Jumping All Over The World”.
A cert for the Beer Guide, in any civilized world.
Definitely one for Portsmouth CAMRA to revisit in a sea of good pubs.