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John Jacques, Portsmouth

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user reviews of John Jacques, Portsmouth

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Seemed very above average when I went in, admittedly when they were gearing up to a festival
Uncle_Dunkel - 26 Mar 2014 13:21
Safe choice in this densely populated part of Portsmouth. Early on a Friday evening it was still quite busy. Minimal seating outside.
fiveleaves41 - 8 Mar 2014 18:26
This pub is a bit better than the rest, but it is wetherspoons, so you get quiet all the time, the only noise you hear are people talking.
Dynekery - 15 Jan 2014 21:18
Now being a pompey guy the reputation of this pub has always been a worrying factor.
But I have been using this pub regularly for a few months now and can tell you the reputation is completely inaccurate.
Good prices, friendly staff, decent food.. I am happy with just those points but it seems that the pub is changing its image and has become more appealing.
it has seen a new manager come in this year and it would seem he is doing the right things with the look and the team.
Would I recommend this pub? Yes 100%
Dont always judge a book by its cover (true story)

Pub_Popper - 22 Nov 2012 11:35
Standard Wetherspoons(good, cheap beer & uninspiring decor) with unusually friendly service.
baxterfish - 29 Jan 2011 19:25
Popped in here before the Newcastle v Portsmouth match in Decemberlast year. As blue_scrumpy says, had to wait at least an hour for food and breakfasts were very popular. Sadly, I ordered burger and chips instead and it was the worst I've ever had in a Wetherspoons. Bitter was also poorly kept.

Went to the Froddington Arms across the road last season and was made to feel welcome, beer was excellent and had a far better time!
mr_toon - 10 Apr 2009 12:41
Typical Wetherspoons with open-plan layout. Before yesterday's match it was fairly busy. Many people were eating the breakfasts. Although the waiting time was in excess of 1 hour, meaning some (including us) were left to go hungry. Given the size and location (near Fratton station and the football ground), I would have thought they would have been able to turn orders around quicker. Instead they are probably losing out on quite a bit of business. There's the usual range of Wetherspoons real ales, plus they had Westons Organic cider on draught during our visit.
blue_scrumpy - 22 Mar 2009 20:10
Feels like most Spoons, you get what you expect. As quiet as a library!

aleman - 2 Mar 2008 10:41
The beer is generally not kept terribly well. The food is about average for a Spoons.

This pub also attracts most of the weirdos and dysfunctional types from a wide area around it. Some of them work behind the bar.

The truth is, Fratton isn't a particularly great place for a beer however you look at it apart from the Connaught or the Florist. The Froddington over the road isn't renowned for its ale these days but it is at least a proper pub and not a converted furniture shop.
SJC - 30 Jul 2006 22:23
this pub is great for all you mutant spotters. get there early in the afternoon(late morning really) and you will see an excellant collection of creatures supping happily on cheap pints of grog. eye contact is possible as half of the clientelle can just about speak let alone walk properly. i recommend this pub purely for a quick jar and a laff.
Twinner - 13 May 2006 11:47
This is a pleasant open plan wetherspoons... with a real feel of being a regulars pub. The staff are friendly and good tempered. The beer selection is good and the beer tastes good.

It is open Sunday - Thurs from 9am til Midnight and on Fridays and Saturdays from 9am to 1am. There are 2 Plasma screen tv's which show most sporting events and will usually put events on at a customers request.

Matchdays in this pub mean it gets busy as it is close to Fratton Park. You get all the home team supporters coming in for breakfasts and pints before the game.. the atmosphere is good but you may wait a little while for a pint.

Otherwise a great pub and really good friendly staff.
spode2k3 - 11 Mar 2006 16:12
Another large open plan Wetherspoons pub. However this pubs has 12 Real Ale pumps (with around 6-8 different Ales on tap) and charges around 1.69 a pint! This pub is now open until Midnight Monday - Thursday and 1AM on Fridays and Saturdays. Serves very reasonably priced food as well. The only bad points are that this pub has no sole (one huge room) and the bar area can get quite busy during peak times.
dixont - 17 Feb 2006 14:40
we love this pub, this pub rocks. why u ask? well that would coz of the good looking manager. excellent choice of beer, good service and good food, all in all a wonderful atmosphere... good looking customers too!!!
Racheal smith - phb30307@yahoo.co.uk - 27 Sep 2004 22:33

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