The R.M.A. Tavern
The Royal Marines Artiliary Tavern
The R.M.A. is situated on the corner of Cromwell Road and Tokar Street just
opposite the old Marines Barracks entrance in Eastney. The R.M.A. is a
medium sized city pub with a large bar, a small function room and one of the
few working skittle alleys in Portsmouth.
For many years the landlord Richard Wedd used the function room at the
rear of the pub(then know as "the gun room") to host many of the best local
blues talent every Thursday night, but things changed when Richard moved on on in
2001, and various new landlords showed no interest in continuing the music.
As a result, the demise of the R.M.A as a venue prompted John Roberts to
start the Bullfrog Blues Club at The Pyramids Centre, before it took up its new
(and current) home at South Parade Pier. .
When The R.M.A. was taken over by the previous landlords, Steve & Sally
Pennick, they approached Barking Spider to promote live music once again.
Soon regular folk, blues and roots gigs were on offer once or twice (sometimes
three times!) a week. The best thing is all these gigs are free!
The Next and current landlord Kevin Smith has enthusiastically carried on with the live music, and Barking Spider / Bullfrog Blues putsin great live music every Saturday night. Kevin also promotes other music on many other nights of the week.
Barking Spider will continue to organise the other music events at The
R.M.A. Tavern on Saturdays - mainly roots, Americana and quality rock bands
and the occasinal blues artistes - but definitely keeping away from the usual
run of the mill covers bands so prevelant in pubs today. These events will
also be free entry
To find out whats on check the listing section of this site.