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Bookshop Alehouse

21 Portswood Road
SO17 2ES

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Opening Times


Tuesday3.00 pm - 11.00 pm
WednesdayNoon - 11.00 pm
ThursdayNoon - 11.00 pm
FridayNoon - 11.00 pm
SaturdayNoon - 11.00 pm
SundayNoon - 11.00 pm

About the Pub

Southern Hampshire CAMRA Pub of the Year and Wessex Region runner up for 2018. The former bookshop was converted into a pub in 2016. It comprises of the front room with two wide steps up to the bar area where there are four handpumps serving beers from a range of breweries, as well as four taps serving kegs, and a display fridge stores the 'bag-in-box' ciders. Its relaxing character has been kept; along one wall there is a bookcase full of books and the room has several tables and chairs. No food, but they will be happy for you to collect from the local takeaways, they supply plates and cutlery but not sauces etc. This and the adjoining buildings were built in 1901 and the frontage, restored after war damage, has local listing so it will continue to look like a shop. Once inside a ramp enables full wheelchair access though outside there is a small step to the pavement - a portable ramp for this is available in the bar.

Unfined / Vegan-Friendly beers are clearly marked on the pump clips and blackboard with the letters 'V.F.' to the bottom-right, which is great for assisting customers to ensure that they choose a beer to their liking.

Historic Interest

Locally listed shop front.

Regular ales

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Changing ales

This pub serves 4 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Eight Arch --varies--
  • Elusive --varies--
  • Vibrant Forest --varies--

Ever changing.

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available

    4 available (bag-in-box)

  • Quiet Quiet Pub


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access

    Small external step, but a ramp is available from the bar. Disabled access toilets.. No disabled access to basement.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • Events Events

    Including a quiz on Sundays.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room

    Basement which has 25 seats.

  • Games Traditional Pub Games

    A very good selection of board games.

  • WiFi Wifi

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Bookshop Alehouse

21 Portswood Road
SO17 2ES

Sat Nav Reference

50.92051, -1.39551


  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Station Close to Railway Station

Nearby Bus Routes (80m)

Bluestar: 2; First: 7; Unilink: U6

Nearby Station (680m)

St Denys


60m north from the Lodge Road traffic lights

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Bookshop Alehouse

21 Portswood Road
SO17 2ES

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Real Cider Available
  • Quiet Pub
  • Disabled Access
  • Dog Friendly
  • Events
  • Function Room
  • Traditional Pub Games
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to Railway Station

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