After many years of not doing so, a city centre pub is now selling real ale once again. The Old Post Office off School Lane, near the Bluecoat, has re-activated the three handpulls. On a recent visit, Robinson’s Dizzy Blonde and Sharp’s Doom Bar were on offer.
17 Old Post Office Place, L1 3DH
Having recently reported that the Belvedere is no longer using lined (over-sized) glasses, we have now had some more positive news that The Corner Post in Crosby has started using them earlier this month.
25 Bridge Road, Crosby, L23 6SA
The Old Blind School closed suddenly last week with a sign being placed in the window stating that they were ‘closed until further notice’. Since then, the owners (Carrwood), have stated that the venue had to close temporarily due to an equipment failure in the kitchen which meant that they were unable to serve food.
A spokesperson stated that the company was also taking the opportunity to refurbish the restaurant and hoped to reopen within four weeks.
The Old Blind School, 24 Hardman Street, Liverpool, L1 9AX
The Old Bank in Waterloo is now regularly selling White Rat from Rat Brewery. They now join CASK and The Dispensary as regular stockists.
The Old Bank, 34 South Road, Waterloo, L22 5PE
Although outside our area, I think it is worth mentioning that The Cricketers Arms in St Helens has once again been named as Merseyside CAMRA Pub of the Year. They will now progress to the next round of the competition, the Regional POTY, and go up against the Cheshire POTY, which is the Tap & Bottle in Knutsford.
Peter Street, St Helens WA10 2EB
OTHER PUB NEWS
As I write this I am supping a nice pint of George Wright Cheeky Pheasant in the Victoria Cross on Sir Thomas Street. Not so many pubs in the City Centre regularly stock George Wright. beers.https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/49/victoria-cross-liverpool
Congratulations are in order to Chris and his entire team, as the Lime Kiln was the Overall Winner of the Real Ale & Craft Beer Award at this year’s Wetherspoon Pub Awards. This is not the first time they have received recognition, last year they were declared as Regional Winner in the same category, but now they have gone one better by scooping the top award.
On the other side of Concert Square, the Crafty Chandler operated by Stonegate, has recently had a change in management. Since then different beers have been available. On a recent visit, Spellbound from Osset brewery was available alongside the usual Wychwood Hobgoblin and Wells Bombardier.
Ranelagh's Tavern has been stocking beers from Bowland Brewery during October. The price has attracted many drinkers, who might normally drink keg beers, to enjoy the cask beer.
The Blarney Stone on Renshaw Street has not been so successful in attracting people to drink cask beer despite the signage informing people it was available. Cask beer has not been available recently.
Hard Times & Misery had Britman IPA from Burton Manor on tap during October. This was the first time one of their beers has gone in to a Liverpool pub. This continued Greig's policy of stocking beers from as many breweries in the area as possible. HT&M has now introduced a Cask Ale Club. The Club operates on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays ONLY. As well as there being a 50p reduction in the cost of a pint of real ale, you will also be given a stamp card. Get it stamped every time you buy a pint, when you get ten stamps, your next pint will be FREE.
The Esperanza on Hope Street has been rebranded as the Death Row Diner and no longer sells real ale.
We have been informed by a member via WhatPub that Constellations on Freeland Street will not be selling real ale through the winter. With much of the venue being outdoors, it will be quieter.
Not far away at the Baltic Social, the handpump was not in use on my last two visits.
Over the other side of Parliament Street, at the Brewery Tap Titanic, Plum Porter is becoming a favourite.
Unfortunately, due to large demand, Robert from the Six Degrees North brewery has not been able to supply Tom, the publican here, with beer recently. Hopefully these Scottish beers will be back on the bar at the Brewery Tap soon. Meanwhile bottles are still available.
Love & Rockets has not been brewing their range of craft keg beers recently. Cask ales are still on sale here.
Recently the Old Bank at Aigburth Vale has been selling beers from Clark of Wakefield, along side the regular beers from Big Bog.
The Workshop at 47 Crosby Road North, L22 4QB, formerly known as Charlie Parkers, is a bar/restaurant. Drinkers are welcome in the downstairs bar where local bottled beers from Neptune, Red Star and Rock the Boat are available. The current management are considering cask beer. Rock the Boat brewery has been giving manager Steve advice and also hope to have a presence there in addition to their bottled beers. Opening times: Wednesday and Thursday 5.00pm to midnight. Friday and Saturday 3.00pm to midnight, Sunday midday to 10.30pm.
The Corner Post is expanding their range of bottled beers. The bottle stock will be different from the cask. Geoff and Janice have found darker beers sell better in bottle at the pub. They expect to stock from Rock the Boat, Neptune and other local brewers.
The Corner Post is hosting a 'Whisky/Whiskey' tasting night on Monday 21st November at 6.00pm. Eight whiskies will be available for the tutored sampling session. Tickets, limited to 30, are available in the pub, cost £20.
Dark Star brewery Partridge (4.0%) was available in the Birkey recently. The manager occasionally puts on surprise beers beside the Greene King cask offer.
Below is a locAle pub crawl of Crosby and Waterloo. This map does not show every pub in Crosby and Waterloo that serves real ale, only those locAle accredited. For a full list of pubs please goto WhatPub.
Liverpool Pigeon was branch Pub of the Year 2014 and 2015. Read more about Liverpool Pigeon here.