The nature of this blog is you get the warts and all of England, with and without pubs.

I’m not saying Fareham is a wart on the Behind Of Hampshire, though of course I just have.

Majestic entrance
Underpass art

It is to that county what Hemel is to Herts, what Bracknell is to Berks. Unexpectedly expensive, leaving residents of much derided Gosport to wonder why THEIR town gets so much flack.

Rare informative sign

I arrived in Bath Street at 8.30am, looking for somewhere to drink the coffee bought 30 minutes ago on Eastney beach and still as hot as the sun.

Keeping craft beer out since 1781

40 minutes free or 80p by the hour? Always take the free time.

Folks, it’s just a long high street. And in early July, a deserted high street.

60% off

But it’s pedestrianised and tidy and if retiredmartin ever needed to buy, say, a pink marker pen he’d not hesitate to buy it from the pound shop in Fareham.

On my visit a decade ago I gave the nod of approval to the town museum, and a lovely library where staff eyed me suspiciously as I read the final 200 pages of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” waiting for my tick to open.

And, folks. it has TWO Wetherspoons a few strides apart, like a middle class Mansfield.

Classic Spoons

The Crown is smart, the one named after a local insurance salesman or summat more workaday.

I like them both. A few years ago the Crown served a pint of that BrewDog Edge (2.8%) I scored nearly as high as the Doom Bar last week.

The only other central GBG entry is the “Pride drinking well” Fullers pub that could have been moved here from Belgravia, where its locals would be astounded to get a pint under a fiver.

Decent “Gales”

If you DO stay here, the Trafalgar looks a good bet but probably won’t make my cheap sleeps guide.

I would have taken a picture of a bacon roll from the authentic Ye Olde bakery, but the one in, one out risked overstaying my 40 minutes, and you’ve had too much excitement anyway.

12 thoughts on “FAREHAM IN 40

      1. There’s the Wetherspoons at 105-107 Charing Cross Road and the Wetherspoons at 20 Greek Street – that’s two Wetherspoons in one building. Only one has real ale but confusingly both are called the Montagu Pyke.


  1. Official Secrets Act, classified information, CAMRA embargoes and all that, but lovely Hemel new entry will be beckoning in the 2020-21 Guide. It’s not the worst place in Hertfordshire as long as Borehamwood continues to exist.


  2. The nearest I’ve got this spring to the “Pride” or ESB “drinking well” in a “Fullers pub that could have been moved here from Belgravia” was watching The Fallen Idol but in that 1948 film the Star Tavern was a Watneys pub.
    Oh, and I have drunk a bottle of Fullers 1845.

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  3. My local office used to be near Fareham (before I retired) but I only visited Fareham town centre a couple of times in more than a decade of lunchtimes….can’t believe I missed all that excitement…

    Very nice bit of sea art by Cams Hill School too – and I like how the council have careful styled the brambles to look like seaweed – quality subway decoration…

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  4. Aahh…Soothills Bakery, one of the few reasons to visit Fareham. On your next visit, try their pasties or their bacon & cheese turnovers.


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