About Us

A drink in the Sally Port Inn will be an experience to remember...

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Where are we located?

Situated only a few yards from the sea-wall, and extension of the Southsea Promenade, right in the midst of Old Portsmouth's High street, with the Round Tower, Hot Walls and the Camber Quay all close by sits the Sally Port Inn, created in 1947 from a war damaged residence, dating back to the 1600's. The inn stands directly opposite the Cathedral of St. Thomas of Canterbury, close to the 'sally port' - the gate in the sea-wall (the old fortified section) - from which the hotel takes its name. The Old High Street has, over the past 400 years, seen many historical events and great names such as Nelson and Keppel. To those interested in historical fact, a drink in the Sally Port Inn will be an experience to remember.

The backbone of the stairwell being a ship's top-spar...

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About the building...

The Hotel is scheduled as a building of Special Architectural or Historical Interest under the Town and Country Planning Act. The building is 'frame built' using oaken timbers of its period, as well as more 'modern' timbers from the old wooden-wall ships of the early 19th century. The walls have a fair share of these timbers, as well as a sloping floor into the bargain, along with a door that is not quite rectangular. In it's early life a conversion took place, perhaps the main alteration being the introduction of a handsome cantilever staircase, the hub around which the present inn lives. This staircase is a truly Georgian masterpiece - with the backbone of the stairwell being a ship's top-spar, a mast some 40 feet in length, parts of which can still be seen in various floors of the inn. This mast is said to come from a 1798 HMN frigate knows as "Penelope", discovered by builders during renovations in 1947.

"An inn full of many stories throughout history, the possible birthplace of James Bond and the sight of the legendary mystery of Buster Crabb. It was brilliant to be part of the restoration of this great building in the very heart of Old Portsmouth."

Mark Smith, Owner

Our History

Right in the midst of Old Portsmouth's High street, with the Round Tower, Hot Walls and the Camber Quay all close by sits the Sally Port Inn, created in 1947 from a war damaged residence, dating back to the 1600's....