This is a splendid, spacious pub, a short walk from the bay front, but retaining its heritage look and feel. No more so than the fabulous mahogany construction behind the bar, with its columns and arches, and the 2 rope clad original pillars.

It attracts a cosmopolitan mix of office workers, opera singers, locals and tourists, the latter especially in the Summer months.

A mix of Italian and British bar staff are very welcoming, offering a mix of pasta and traditional meals.

It gets lively at weekends with 60's and 70's live music.
Built in 1864 as a hotel mainly for sailors. There is an unwritten law that a sailor caught with the tide out must be given boarding.

The pub name derives from the packet steamers that used to frequent the docks.

Extended in 1985, consuming the house next door.

Stained glass windows replaced in 2004.
 Opening timesFood times
MonNoonto11pmNoonto7:30pm
TueNoonto11pmNoonto7:30pm
WedNoonto11pmNoonto7:30pm
ThuNoonto11pmNoonto7:30pm
FriNoontoMidnightNoonto7:30pm
SatNoontoMidnightNoonto7:30pm
SunNoonto10:30pmNoonto7:30pm
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