32 Southampton pubs that have closed in recent years

32 Southampton pubs that have closed in recent years

32 Southampton pubs that have closed in recent years

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THE PUB trade is in a dire state at the moment, with pubs closing at a rate of more than two a day across the UK.

Below, we look back at some of the clubs that have closed in recent years in Southampton. This list is accurate up to February 2014.

The Castle, Midanbury A large community pub at the summit of one of Southampton's highest spots. Closed in 2012 and reopened in 2013 as a Tesco Express.

The Anchor and Hope, Freemantle This is now a Co-Op.

The Bulls Eye, Sholing Is now a Tesco Express.

The Woodman, Lordswood Damaged by a tree during storms in 2011, the pub struggled to recover before closing within a year. There were rumours about it becoming an Indian restaurant before Tesco took it over.

The Stoneham, Bassett Green A concerted campaign by residents and drinkers to keep this pub open failed in 2013.

The Gate, Hampton Park This historic pub closed down and was purchased by the University of Southampton. The building was then demolished to provide better view of the campus.

Winning Post, Peartree, Closed in 2009. Is now a convenience store.

The Eagle, City Centre Used by many a Saints fan on their way to and from St Mary's, this pub closed only to quickly reopen as a convenience store.

Oliver Goldsmith/H2O/Shotz, Bevois Valley A pub which closed and was reborn as a bar aimed at the a younger crowd (H2O), it then changed its name to Shotz. A fire hit the bar, which is now a convenience store.

Bar Risa, High Street Housed in the art deco store which was built to house Burtons, the bar was part of a national chain which went bust in 2008. It has remained closed ever since, despite a prime location in the city centre.

Court Jester, Docklands Closed in 2011 and remained so for a long period of time before a major refurbishment and transformation into Antico, a bar/restaurant rather than a pub in 2012. Has since changed its name to Parkers and now Captain's Place.

Walkabout/Wahoo/Elements, High Street Formerly the Bank of England, this large Australian-themed bar was popular for watching sport and weekend DJs. Was rebranded as Wahoo! in 2009 before becoming Elements Sports Bar. Has been empty since 2012.

The Ark, Townhill Park Built in the heart of the council estate, the pub closed in the last few years, although there are hopes that the current redevelopment scheme for Townhill will see a new replacement.

The Smugglers Inn, Docklands A pub that stood alone on the corner of College Street car park, the Smugglers, has long been converted in to flats.

Lord Palmerston, City Centre Has been earmarked by developers to become flats after closing in 2005.

The Crown, Shirley High Street Closed and available to buy either "as a pub or other use"

Frog & Frigate, Docklands Best known for letting customers dance on the tables, this closed in 2008 and has been boarded up ever since.

Park Hotel, Shirley Well known for its karaoke nights, the Park Hotel closed and has yet to show any signs of development.

The Bassett, Burgess Road, Closed in 2005 and there are retirement flats on the site.

Quayside, Leisure World A large, prupose built chain pub built opposite what is now Ikea. It was used by many people before a night out in the clubs at Leisure World or the Odeon Cinema. Closed in 2011.

Percy Arms, Bitterne Boarded up and fenced off after closing.

Bridge Inn, St Denys Closed in 2012 and within weeks had been demolished. Now a number of new build houses sit on the site of this pub.

Bridge Tavern, Coxford, Closed in 2007 and is still boarded up.

The St Denys Hotel, St Denys A back street boozer which has been converted into flats, although some of the ornate signage still remains.

The Anchor, East Street Being next to the ailing - and now demolished - East Street Shopping Centre certainly never helped this pub.

Bevois Town, Inner Avenue In later years, this pub was a key part of Southampton's gay scene. However in 2011 it shut it's doors for the final time before the pub and car park were converted into homes.

The Victory, City Centre On the ground floor of Norwich House opposite the north side of Southampton Central, this pub closed in 2006 and is now a Costa Coffee.

Old Thatched House, Maybush As the name suggests, this pub had an unique looking thatched roof. It closed and is now home to a chiropodist's clinic.

Ferryman & Firkin, High Street A large historic pub in the heart of Southampton, next to Holy Rood Church. It was been empty and boarded upsince 2009 after the brewery decided to close it. Recently, the QE2 anchor was installed outside the front, as part of the improvements to what is now known as Holy Rood Square.

Exford Arms, Harefield Key part of the regeneration of Harefield is to build new offices and flats on the site of this pub.

The Maybush, Maybush To be knocked down and replaced with housing after closing in 2010.

The Target, Sholing Closed in the early noughties, and is now housing.

The Blacksmiths, Shirley Was closed for a number of years with a number of developments proposed for the site. Finally, homes are being built on the site, with some just being put up for sale for the first time.

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5:20am Sat 8 Feb 14

dtokez says...

What's a fault?
What's a fault? dtokez
  • Score: -6

5:50am Sat 8 Feb 14

CHARLIE TAYLOR says...

How many were Enterprise Inns ???
How many were Enterprise Inns ??? CHARLIE TAYLOR
  • Score: 18

7:47am Sat 8 Feb 14

10 Minute Man says...

Still, you can't have enough identical 'convenience' stores with their limited range, high prices, and massive lorries doing 7 point turns in the middle of busy roads.
Still, you can't have enough identical 'convenience' stores with their limited range, high prices, and massive lorries doing 7 point turns in the middle of busy roads. 10 Minute Man
  • Score: 31

7:55am Sat 8 Feb 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

ADD , The crown & sceptre , Burgess Rd , The Gate Burgess Rd , The Elephant & Castle , Bursledon Rd . The Manor House , Old Netley , The Harrier , Hamble lane , The London Arms , Woolston . And The SWAN Woolston is up for sale and the Bitterne is possibly on borrowed time
ADD , The crown & sceptre , Burgess Rd , The Gate Burgess Rd , The Elephant & Castle , Bursledon Rd . The Manor House , Old Netley , The Harrier , Hamble lane , The London Arms , Woolston . And The SWAN Woolston is up for sale and the Bitterne is possibly on borrowed time SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 20

8:12am Sat 8 Feb 14

sarfhamton says...

How many are now Tescos?
How many are now Tescos? sarfhamton
  • Score: 9

8:17am Sat 8 Feb 14

pyan says...

..And the Drummond Arms, Bridge Road, and the Merryoak - now a vets surgery.
..And the Drummond Arms, Bridge Road, and the Merryoak - now a vets surgery. pyan
  • Score: 5

8:38am Sat 8 Feb 14

FoysCornerBoy says...

It's a crying shame that all these community facilities (many of which I have patronised) are disappearing at such a fast rate. In my youth me and my pals would sometimes attempt a Shirley Hight Street pub crawl which would commence at the Old Thatch and finish at the Beehive (although most of us never got much further than the Stile). Half of the boozers on this route have now gone (although a new one - the Bright Water Inn - has been added)

I accept that there has to be change and that pubs have always ceased trading as progress marches on. But I think that the scale of the loss of these pubs will - ironically - lead to increased health and social disorder problems as drinking patterns shift to private homes, on street or in 'vertical' drinking establishments in the city centre.

What is to be done?
It's a crying shame that all these community facilities (many of which I have patronised) are disappearing at such a fast rate. In my youth me and my pals would sometimes attempt a Shirley Hight Street pub crawl which would commence at the Old Thatch and finish at the Beehive (although most of us never got much further than the Stile). Half of the boozers on this route have now gone (although a new one - the Bright Water Inn - has been added) I accept that there has to be change and that pubs have always ceased trading as progress marches on. But I think that the scale of the loss of these pubs will - ironically - lead to increased health and social disorder problems as drinking patterns shift to private homes, on street or in 'vertical' drinking establishments in the city centre. What is to be done? FoysCornerBoy
  • Score: 11

9:07am Sat 8 Feb 14

loonaloop says...

CHARLIE TAYLOR wrote:
How many were Enterprise Inns ???
Very good question! I would guess at least 80% That mob have ruined many a decent community meet point. utter Scum.
[quote][p][bold]CHARLIE TAYLOR[/bold] wrote: How many were Enterprise Inns ???[/p][/quote]Very good question! I would guess at least 80% That mob have ruined many a decent community meet point. utter Scum. loonaloop
  • Score: 11

9:44am Sat 8 Feb 14

bigfella777 says...

As soon as beer went over the 3 Quid barrier that was it. You just cannot justify it. The brewery's more than make their money in London and up North, they don't care.
If you go in wetherspoons they are large pubs and you don't realise just how many people are in there usually about 100 on any day. That's a lot of trade to take from all the other pubs in the area.
As soon as beer went over the 3 Quid barrier that was it. You just cannot justify it. The brewery's more than make their money in London and up North, they don't care. If you go in wetherspoons they are large pubs and you don't realise just how many people are in there usually about 100 on any day. That's a lot of trade to take from all the other pubs in the area. bigfella777
  • Score: -1

9:54am Sat 8 Feb 14

Block 42 says...

To be fair most of these pubs were shocking..I would much rather have sportsbars like off of the usa...men like sports.
To be fair most of these pubs were shocking..I would much rather have sportsbars like off of the usa...men like sports. Block 42
  • Score: -12

10:05am Sat 8 Feb 14

good-gosh says...

Pubs are a thing of the past. Once useful as escapes in the days of overcrowded homes.
Pubs are a thing of the past. Once useful as escapes in the days of overcrowded homes. good-gosh
  • Score: -15

10:07am Sat 8 Feb 14

KingMawwaw says...

It is so sad. Some parts of the city are really short on pubs - upper Shirley never had too many to begin with. I suspect the fault is more on the side of the pubcos than the supermarkets - the pubs are usually boarded up before the supermarkets buy them. An unholy alliance to be sure.

So what can we, as residents, do about it? Frequent our local pubs more of course, if we can afford it. Campaign against supermarkets and drive-thru's, as many good people are doing. What else?
It is so sad. Some parts of the city are really short on pubs - upper Shirley never had too many to begin with. I suspect the fault is more on the side of the pubcos than the supermarkets - the pubs are usually boarded up before the supermarkets buy them. An unholy alliance to be sure. So what can we, as residents, do about it? Frequent our local pubs more of course, if we can afford it. Campaign against supermarkets and drive-thru's, as many good people are doing. What else? KingMawwaw
  • Score: 10

10:11am Sat 8 Feb 14

KingMawwaw says...

Surprised me that the Ferryman & Firkin site has stayed closed so long. It's a beautiful building in a great location. Does it still have the bar inside?
Surprised me that the Ferryman & Firkin site has stayed closed so long. It's a beautiful building in a great location. Does it still have the bar inside? KingMawwaw
  • Score: 8

10:49am Sat 8 Feb 14

Block41row0sfc says...

SPIKEISLANDTRADER wrote:
ADD , The crown & sceptre , Burgess Rd , The Gate Burgess Rd , The Elephant & Castle , Bursledon Rd . The Manor House , Old Netley , The Harrier , Hamble lane , The London Arms , Woolston . And The SWAN Woolston is up for sale and the Bitterne is possibly on borrowed time
The harrier was still busy last time I checked.
[quote][p][bold]SPIKEISLANDTRADER[/bold] wrote: ADD , The crown & sceptre , Burgess Rd , The Gate Burgess Rd , The Elephant & Castle , Bursledon Rd . The Manor House , Old Netley , The Harrier , Hamble lane , The London Arms , Woolston . And The SWAN Woolston is up for sale and the Bitterne is possibly on borrowed time[/p][/quote]The harrier was still busy last time I checked. Block41row0sfc
  • Score: 2

1:04pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Saintly Sam says...

pyan wrote:
..And the Drummond Arms, Bridge Road, and the Merryoak - now a vets surgery.
I live close to the old Drummond, and was very happy to see it close, no more rowdy drunks staggering home at closing time, shouting and vandalizing peoples cars.
[quote][p][bold]pyan[/bold] wrote: ..And the Drummond Arms, Bridge Road, and the Merryoak - now a vets surgery.[/p][/quote]I live close to the old Drummond, and was very happy to see it close, no more rowdy drunks staggering home at closing time, shouting and vandalizing peoples cars. Saintly Sam
  • Score: 3

3:34pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Huffter says...

FoysCornerBoy wrote:
It's a crying shame that all these community facilities (many of which I have patronised) are disappearing at such a fast rate. In my youth me and my pals would sometimes attempt a Shirley Hight Street pub crawl which would commence at the Old Thatch and finish at the Beehive (although most of us never got much further than the Stile). Half of the boozers on this route have now gone (although a new one - the Bright Water Inn - has been added)

I accept that there has to be change and that pubs have always ceased trading as progress marches on. But I think that the scale of the loss of these pubs will - ironically - lead to increased health and social disorder problems as drinking patterns shift to private homes, on street or in 'vertical' drinking establishments in the city centre.

What is to be done?
It needs someone enterprising like you to open a new pub - what an opportunity!
[quote][p][bold]FoysCornerBoy[/bold] wrote: It's a crying shame that all these community facilities (many of which I have patronised) are disappearing at such a fast rate. In my youth me and my pals would sometimes attempt a Shirley Hight Street pub crawl which would commence at the Old Thatch and finish at the Beehive (although most of us never got much further than the Stile). Half of the boozers on this route have now gone (although a new one - the Bright Water Inn - has been added) I accept that there has to be change and that pubs have always ceased trading as progress marches on. But I think that the scale of the loss of these pubs will - ironically - lead to increased health and social disorder problems as drinking patterns shift to private homes, on street or in 'vertical' drinking establishments in the city centre. What is to be done?[/p][/quote]It needs someone enterprising like you to open a new pub - what an opportunity! Huffter
  • Score: 0

6:46pm Sat 8 Feb 14

megacycle says...

SPIKEISLANDTRADER wrote:
ADD , The crown & sceptre , Burgess Rd , The Gate Burgess Rd , The Elephant & Castle , Bursledon Rd . The Manor House , Old Netley , The Harrier , Hamble lane , The London Arms , Woolston . And The SWAN Woolston is up for sale and the Bitterne is possibly on borrowed time
and the Lamp and Mantle(tesco) and Sportsman(Retirement flats) in West End.

The Swan appears to have new owners though.
the Percy has been closed for years and is just now being stripped out; planning was approved for flats and a shop so i don't know if the building will survive.
it's most concerning when places like the Elephant & Castle, Sportsman, Castle etc which are popular and successful get closed down because the owners can make more money from housing or retail.
spare a thought for the White Swan which is having to deal with flooding once again- however that is probably the only reason it hasn't also succumbed to developers.
[quote][p][bold]SPIKEISLANDTRADER[/bold] wrote: ADD , The crown & sceptre , Burgess Rd , The Gate Burgess Rd , The Elephant & Castle , Bursledon Rd . The Manor House , Old Netley , The Harrier , Hamble lane , The London Arms , Woolston . And The SWAN Woolston is up for sale and the Bitterne is possibly on borrowed time[/p][/quote]and the Lamp and Mantle(tesco) and Sportsman(Retirement flats) in West End. The Swan appears to have new owners though. the Percy has been closed for years and is just now being stripped out; planning was approved for flats and a shop so i don't know if the building will survive. it's most concerning when places like the Elephant & Castle, Sportsman, Castle etc which are popular and successful get closed down because the owners can make more money from housing or retail. spare a thought for the White Swan which is having to deal with flooding once again- however that is probably the only reason it hasn't also succumbed to developers. megacycle
  • Score: 4

10:13pm Sat 8 Feb 14

boxing_nut says...

All but three were **** holes.
All but three were **** holes. boxing_nut
  • Score: -4

10:24pm Sat 8 Feb 14

03alpe01 says...

Sad times, only the supermarkets and fast food restaurants will take any pride from this
Sad times, only the supermarkets and fast food restaurants will take any pride from this 03alpe01
  • Score: 2

11:38pm Sat 8 Feb 14

megacycle says...

boxing_nut wrote:
All but three were **** holes.
which three was that?
[quote][p][bold]boxing_nut[/bold] wrote: All but three were **** holes.[/p][/quote]which three was that? megacycle
  • Score: 2

9:27am Sun 9 Feb 14

Linesman says...

What about the number of cinemas that have closed over the years.

It is the same with Pubs and it was with them - a lack of customers, meaning less profits to be made.

It used to be that pubs would be busy most evenings and nights, especially on Friday and Saturday nights, while cinemas would also have plenty of customers on most days and evenings.

Now?

We have TV in the home, with a choice of many channels and an easy chair to sit in while we drink a can of beer as we watch. Nobody there wanting to pick a fight after sniffing the barmaid's apron. No loud music that prevents you having a conversation, and nobody bending your ear about football, rugby, politics etc. etc. etc.
What about the number of cinemas that have closed over the years. It is the same with Pubs and it was with them - a lack of customers, meaning less profits to be made. It used to be that pubs would be busy most evenings and nights, especially on Friday and Saturday nights, while cinemas would also have plenty of customers on most days and evenings. Now? We have TV in the home, with a choice of many channels and an easy chair to sit in while we drink a can of beer as we watch. Nobody there wanting to pick a fight after sniffing the barmaid's apron. No loud music that prevents you having a conversation, and nobody bending your ear about football, rugby, politics etc. etc. etc. Linesman
  • Score: 0

10:18am Sun 9 Feb 14

skeptik says...

Heseltine 1990s - break up the brewers monopoly tied houses - another Heseltine **** up we ended up with closures and a new gang of big boys - who see the value of the land not the landlord. Lord disaster at his worst.
Heseltine 1990s - break up the brewers monopoly tied houses - another Heseltine **** up we ended up with closures and a new gang of big boys - who see the value of the land not the landlord. Lord disaster at his worst. skeptik
  • Score: 2

10:18am Sun 9 Feb 14

skeptik says...

Heseltine 1990s - break up the brewers monopoly tied houses - another Heseltine **** up we ended up with closures and a new gang of big boys - who see the value of the land not the landlord. Lord disaster at his worst.
Heseltine 1990s - break up the brewers monopoly tied houses - another Heseltine **** up we ended up with closures and a new gang of big boys - who see the value of the land not the landlord. Lord disaster at his worst. skeptik
  • Score: 0

10:55am Sun 9 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

Linesman wrote:
What about the number of cinemas that have closed over the years.

It is the same with Pubs and it was with them - a lack of customers, meaning less profits to be made.

It used to be that pubs would be busy most evenings and nights, especially on Friday and Saturday nights, while cinemas would also have plenty of customers on most days and evenings.

Now?

We have TV in the home, with a choice of many channels and an easy chair to sit in while we drink a can of beer as we watch. Nobody there wanting to pick a fight after sniffing the barmaid's apron. No loud music that prevents you having a conversation, and nobody bending your ear about football, rugby, politics etc. etc. etc.
Everyone to his own. Personally I like the company of other people and used to use my local before the pubco forced up the prices. The demise of the local is almost completely down to the greed of the pubcos. Enabled unfortunately by Maggies government. Even she couldn't get everything right.
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: What about the number of cinemas that have closed over the years. It is the same with Pubs and it was with them - a lack of customers, meaning less profits to be made. It used to be that pubs would be busy most evenings and nights, especially on Friday and Saturday nights, while cinemas would also have plenty of customers on most days and evenings. Now? We have TV in the home, with a choice of many channels and an easy chair to sit in while we drink a can of beer as we watch. Nobody there wanting to pick a fight after sniffing the barmaid's apron. No loud music that prevents you having a conversation, and nobody bending your ear about football, rugby, politics etc. etc. etc.[/p][/quote]Everyone to his own. Personally I like the company of other people and used to use my local before the pubco forced up the prices. The demise of the local is almost completely down to the greed of the pubcos. Enabled unfortunately by Maggies government. Even she couldn't get everything right. Inform Al
  • Score: 4

1:12am Mon 10 Feb 14

gemini2106 says...

I also think the "No Smoking" didn't help either.
I also think the "No Smoking" didn't help either. gemini2106
  • Score: 2

7:31pm Mon 10 Feb 14

ktwoo2010 says...

Add also Lamp and Mantle and The Sportsman West end too. Eastleigh has lost lots as well.
Add also Lamp and Mantle and The Sportsman West end too. Eastleigh has lost lots as well. ktwoo2010
  • Score: 3

7:41pm Mon 10 Feb 14

sotonbusdriver says...

It would be interesting to see if the local residents have noticed an improvement to noise and drink related incidents, since each of the closed.

The biggest problem of loosing pubs, is normally, landlords refuse to serve persons who seem drunk, by forcing people into there own homes, to drink. No-one stops them getting passed their best on booze
It would be interesting to see if the local residents have noticed an improvement to noise and drink related incidents, since each of the closed. The biggest problem of loosing pubs, is normally, landlords refuse to serve persons who seem drunk, by forcing people into there own homes, to drink. No-one stops them getting passed their best on booze sotonbusdriver
  • Score: -2

9:03pm Mon 10 Feb 14

waywardone says...

how about the Elephant and Castle in Sholing, taken over by the Giant Plate and no, flats and houses, I did go to the frog & Frigate (great night out)
how about the Elephant and Castle in Sholing, taken over by the Giant Plate and no, flats and houses, I did go to the frog & Frigate (great night out) waywardone
  • Score: 1

9:52pm Mon 10 Feb 14

passerby1 says...

Forgot the Duchess of Wellington now residential
Forgot the Duchess of Wellington now residential passerby1
  • Score: 0

10:52pm Mon 10 Feb 14

boxerfreak says...

The woodman was a sad loss they did a lot for the community pub was just in the wrong area
The woodman was a sad loss they did a lot for the community pub was just in the wrong area boxerfreak
  • Score: 3

6:53pm Fri 28 Feb 14

jmsherm says...

SPIKEISLANDTRADER wrote:
ADD , The crown & sceptre , Burgess Rd , The Gate Burgess Rd , The Elephant & Castle , Bursledon Rd . The Manor House , Old Netley , The Harrier , Hamble lane , The London Arms , Woolston . And The SWAN Woolston is up for sale and the Bitterne is possibly on borrowed time
And the Chamberlain pub, north east road
[quote][p][bold]SPIKEISLANDTRADER[/bold] wrote: ADD , The crown & sceptre , Burgess Rd , The Gate Burgess Rd , The Elephant & Castle , Bursledon Rd . The Manor House , Old Netley , The Harrier , Hamble lane , The London Arms , Woolston . And The SWAN Woolston is up for sale and the Bitterne is possibly on borrowed time[/p][/quote]And the Chamberlain pub, north east road jmsherm
  • Score: 0
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