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The Portobello

 

 


 
The Portobello was situated on Quest Hills Road. This pub has now been demolished, with flats built on the site.

Source: S.Miflin

 
I must have been one of the last customers here, the Saturday night before it unexpectedly closed. It was a Bank's house, basic, & the place to go for your duty free. Was raided by the Customs once, & the alleged guilty parties escaped through a window & had it away in their van.
Went down for my pre Sunday Lunch pint, found it locked up. I knew the last landlord ( a Scottish bloke, well known for creating Sunday night curries for his regulars). Turned out he had come to open the pub, found all the locks changed, & a condemned notice on the door. The pub was apparently owned by a business who decided the site would be better used for housing. & used a crack in the chimney as an excuse. It was soon demolished, & the Portobello apartments built. I recently had a chat with one of the residents, who was fascinated.
Bruce Enzer (May 2021)
 

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