The Providence Inn (Providence Street) might be Plymouth's most hidden, small and cosy pub. Friendly and welcoming (fireplace included) it has a solid regular clientele and a changing selection of ales. Its reputation for cider is second to none! It was known for its Civil War and WWII memorabilia on the walls. After the landlord Peter Pratt died in 2000, George Harvey took over. He retired recently but the pub is still going strong.
A Provi cider drinker
Favourite Pint on Greenbank: Cold pint of Thatchers in the Provi
Sat at the bar after work on a cold wet evening, fire burning away, George behind the bar, a few of the older regulars perched on bar stools having a general conversation when a well known 'druggie/crim' walked in and asked if anyone was interested in buying anything for a tenner, started pulling bacon and Playstation games out of her carrier bag, George told her firmly 'not in here - No thank you' and to leave but her passing shot as she walked out the door was to pull two pink vibrators out of the bag still in packaging, looked at the blokes, said, you sure 'not even vibrator for the missus, no , fair enough' and left.... the stunned silence in the pub was amusing... I was roaring inside, talk about need to know your sales audience!
Jon Reed aka Cider Jon
Favourite Pint on Greenbank: Cider obviously!
Moved to north hill 2000 and became something of a fixture in the Provi straight away, first time I went in was a few days after the previous landlord, Pete Pratt, had died suddenly in the pub. It was love at first drink! I used to go to the Hill Park usually on a run around with Cockney Mick (who isn't cockney) and Keith Hunter, along with the Mutley Tavern, the Clifton, the Friendship and only once I think in the Fawn before Mike and Ang took it.
Jon sent a historic picture too: the last pint of cider in the Providence Inn before lockdown!