Portishead pub name causes Streetlife debate

PUBLISHED: 06:33 05 July 2015

An artist's impression of what the pub will look like once complete.

An artist's impression of what the pub will look like once complete.


Social media site Streetlife has been busy this week with contributors discussing the future name of Wetherspoons’ pub in Portishead.

Work has started on site to create a new pub restaurant as well as two retail units off Harbour Road.

Loc8 Developments is carrying out the £4million project, which is the same firm that built the town’s Lidl, Travelodge and Subway, which this latest scheme will sit next to.

Wetherspoons has a reputation for giving its pubs a local connection – with Nailsea’s The Glass Maker a prime example.

Therefore Streetlife users have come up with their own suggestions as to what the new Portishead pub could, or should, be called.

Philip B started the thread by saying: “As regular users of the pub chain will know, it is very keen to incorporate aspects of local history into its pub names.

“So I keep suggesting either The Fred E Weatherly or The Power and the Phosphorus.”

John C replied by saying: “I tried with Hall & Woodhouse, so will try again. I would like to see something nautical, perhaps Formidable would give them something to work with.”

The Formidable got a positive reception on Streetlife but the final suggestion came from Ken B who suggested The Parish Wharf as a potential name.

Only time will tell if Wetherspoons is inspired by the suggestions and will plump for a name reflecting Portishead’s past.

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