- Our Story -
It all began in 2008 with one beer and a dream.
Frank Jones was born in the fall of 1832 in our hometown, Barrington, New Hampshire. He was raised in a farmhouse on New Hampshire’s “commerce route”, now known as Route 4. Frank left the farm as a teenager and went to Portsmouth as a barefoot Barrington boy to start his career. In 1858 he discovered his love for brewing. He partnered with John Swindell, owner of Swindell Brewing located on Bow Street in what is today the Seacoast Repertory Theater.
Jones soon bought out Swindell and grew the brewery beyond capacity, eventually building what is still known as the Frank Jones Brewery on Islington Street. Still standing are the multi-story brew house, ale cooperage building and the malt house. By the early 1880’s the Brewery employed over 500 and at its peak produced 250,000 barrels per year offering six types of ales from three breweries.
Considered a “robber baron” of the East, Jones diversified his investments to include the Wentworth by the Sea and Rockingham Hotels (the bust of FJ can be seen in the top right dormer at the Rockingham), founder of the Granite State Insurance Company, Portsmouth Trust Company, and he held the position of President of the Boston and Maine Railroad. He was twice elected mayor of Portsmouth and served two terms as a congressman. Frank Jones died in 1902 – only 3 years after he sold the Brewery to British investors in 1899, just ten years prior to Prohibition – what a visionary!
Frank Jones Ale has returned to the market twice since prohibition. The Eldridge Brewing Company reopened the Portsmouth Brewery and sold F.J. Ale until 1950. Don Jones, brother of Peter Jones your host, contracted with Catamount Brewing in 1989 and distributed F.J. Ale with the help of two salesmen and one driver across New Hampshire. Once demand grew to 3,000bbls/yr, Jones opened the Frank Jones Brewing Company in Portsmouth’s Industrial Park South in 1991. On January 22, 2011, Frank Jones Ale was released again to the public, on sale now only at our restaurant!
We thank you for coming to Frank Jones Restaurant & Pub to enjoy our hospitality, great food and drink, and once again… Frank Jones Original India Pale Ale!
The Jones Family
And don’t forget to save room for Annabelle’s Natural Ice Cream for dessert!
“Great food and drinks not far from UNH
We stopped here following a UNH Wildcats football game and loved it! Great selection of beers, wine and cocktails and a wide selection of tasty food items to choose from. Very friendly and helpful staff made this a terrific dining experience.”
- TripAdvisor vacationing patron -
“I've been going north camping for 13 yrs and have never come in here until last wknd.
Im so glad we did. Had the steak tips and mashed potatoes. I swear there was a whole lb there. Awesome flavor, cooked perfect. I saw the lobster roll go by it was enormous.”
- Boston visitor -
“Dropped in after a matinee Saturday afternoon for an early dinner. The food was very good, my horseradish cheddar burger was excellent, my wifes Reubenator good, and the garlic mashed the best I've had. Good selection of beer-try the Frank Jones. service was quite good and prices reasonable.”
- local resident -