Located in the Conservation area of Portchester Village, The Cormorant has a prime position at the top of the historic Castle Street (used to be known as Castle End), in the shadows of English Heritage’s 12th Century Roman Settlement Ruin, containing a Castle (now affectionately known as Portchester Castle) and St Mary’s Church AD 1133. It is surrounded by residential dwellings, most of which are listed buildings with several carrying ‘Historical Blue Plaques’ identifying once famous/historic residents/locations. There are six sited within a five minute walk of The Cormorant.
The Cormorant is just a five minute walk from the Portchester shoreline with stunning views across the water to Portsmouth, the Spinnaker Tower and the International Ferry Port, a gentle ten minute walk from the Village Centre and a fifteen minute walk from Portchester train station.
Within a ten minute drive from The Cormorant, the Market Town of Fareham can be found to the West and to the East, is the Historic Portsmouth Naval Base, Portsmouth City Centre; Gunwharf Quays Outlet Shopping Centre, Port Solent Marina and Southsea Seafront, with views to the Isle of Wight.
The Cormorant is visible as you travel down Castle Street and benefits from a large car park of 34 spaces at the rear. On the entrance to the car park, there is a good sized external covered patio area, with heaters, lights and plenty of wooden seating.
The good sized trading area within the pub, has with a single ‘L’ shaped bar serving customers for both food and drink.
An area to the right as you enter the side door from the car park is set up as a “restaurant” although customers appear to be happy to eat in the main bar area also. The bar servery itself offers a large range of real ales; lagers; bottled beers; wines; spirits and soft drinks.
On entering the building from Castle Street through two sets of double doors, is carpeted area to the right and a raised seating area to the left. On the extreme left is a wooded flooring area where dogs are made welcome.
The ‘Ladies’ toilets (with baby change) are to the left of the bar as you face it from the Castle Street entrance and the ‘Gents’ are to the right. The Ladies toilets also contain a toilet cubicle large enough to accommodate a wheelchair.