New £1.7m Wetherspoons pub to open in Portishead

PUBLISHED: 09:56 23 February 2016 | UPDATED: 09:57 23 February 2016

The Posset Cup during development last month.

The Posset Cup during development last month.


JD Wetherspoons is opening a new pub near Portishead Quays Marina this morning (Tuesday).

The Posset Cup, in Harbour Road, will serve its first customers today after a special VIP event over the weekend.

Manager Emma Simpson believes the new pub will be a welcome addition to Portishead.

The well-known pub chain first released its plans back in 2014 and construction work took place last year to build the new inn.

It was not ready to open before Christmas but the first pints were pulled this week.

Wetherspoons says it has invested £1.69million in the development.

It considered various names before selecting on The Posset Cup, including The Gold Anchor, The Landing Place and The Watch House.

The chain tends to use a town’s history when it names its new pubs as with The Glassmaker in Nailsea.

However, it settled on The Posset Cup last autumn. Portishead was known as Posset in the Domesday Book of 1086.

Posset Pieces is a series of publications about the town’s history and Shakespeare mentions ‘posset’ in his plays. Originally a dessert enriched by alcohol, it was used as a medicinal remedy, served in a two-handled cup.

Historical photos of Portishead have been placed around the premises and local artist Lisa Malyon has also created some original work for the pub.

There is one bar and a beer garden for people to enjoy.

The company is also seeking planning permission for a smoking shelter to the rear of the pub. If approved, it would be near the bin store.

Ms Simpson said: “Myself and my team are looking forward to welcoming customers into the pub and we are confident that it will be a great addition to the Portishead community.”

* For pictures from today’s official opening, see tomorrow’s (Wednesday’s) Times.

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