As reported in last month’s edition, the Old Bank on South Road, Waterloo was due to re-open after a period of closure. Well...they are now up and running. Unfortunately, the number of handpulls has been reduced to three and real cider is no longer available. There is less emphasis on showing live sport, as there is currently only one TV screen.
On a more positive note, on a recent visit, all the beers on sale were local. There was one from Stamps Brewery and two others from the Ship & Mitre. This is the first time I have seen their beers on sale in another pub, which is to be commended. I look forward to discussing with the new licensee, Robbie, about his future plans for the place.
34 South Road,Waterloo, L22 5PE
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
Lots going on in Waterloo this month...
The Four Ashes finally opened it's doors on 21st March. This new micro-pub further enhances the real ale scene in and around South Road. There are 6 handpulls, real cider & perry as well as continental bottled beers, premium vodkas & gins, wine and quality soft drinks also available. Tea & coffee served. Bar Snacks on offer.
For opening hours: check www.Whatpub.com (subject to change at short notice)
SPECIAL OFFER: During APRIL, all cask ales on WEDNESDAY ONLY are £2.50/pt
23 Crosby Road North, Waterloo, L22 0LD
A few doors down, The Ferndale Lodge, has been refurbished and is now simply called the Ferndale. It has now had a handpull installed but currently only sells Doom Bar but there are plans to have more pumps installed so a wider range of beers can be offered.
15 Crosby Road North, Waterloo, L22 0LD
Meanwhile, throughout April, Stamps Too has a special offer on cask ales.
Tuesday 5-7pm / Wednesday 5-7pm / Thursday 3-5pm
All cask ales BELOW 4.5% are £2.00/pt ( usually £2.80)
99 South Road, Waterloo, L22 0LR
...lastly...The Old Bank, is due to re-open shortly after a period of closure due to a dispute regarding increased rent costs. The bar is currently being fitted out and will have an extra handpull fitted to make FIVE in all. They hope to continue offering local beers as well as a real cider. An official opening date has yet to be confirmed but it is hoped it will be before the end of this month.
34 South Road,Waterloo, L22 5PE
Ranelagh's Tavern is now selling locales. Beers from Rock the Boat and Burscough were available during November. Phil, the landlord, reports local beers will be regularly available.
The White Star on Rainford Gardens, is offering a selected real ale for £2.50 on Mondays to Thursdays, although the sign outside infers all the cask beer might be on offer.
The L1 Bridewell is due to reopen in December as a cocktail bar called Furnival’s Well.
Jean has reported that she enjoyed a few pints of Purity Gold in the Cornmarket recently.
The Pen Factory on Hope Street is now open on Sundays, from 2.00 to 8.00pm.
The Kensington, at 189 Kensington, has reopened after a refurbishment and is reported to be selling real ale.
The Grove on Breckfield Road North was a regular stop for Liverpool supporting CAMRA members going to and from the match when it was a Higsons pub. Happily the pub is selling real ale again, with one handpump in use. I enjoyed a pint of Hobgoblin on the way to a game at Anfield recently. Beers from Moorhouses have also been available.
Not too far away, the Gregson’s Well at the start of West Derby Road, which had been derelict for some time, has finally been demolished. When this was a Higson’s pub, it was a popular stop for people attending wedding ceremonies at nearby Brougham Terrace. The Tetley’s Gregson’s Well that was opposite it, has long since been demolished.
Bryn, the manager of the Willow Bank on Smithdown Road, reports he will usually have a locale on. On my recent visit White Star Seafarers, brewed by George Wright, along with Liverpool Craft IPA, were on tap. There will be also brews from slightly further away available. There are a total of twelve handpulls, with most normally in use at weekends. A good time to visit is Tuesday evening when all real ales are currently sold at £2.25 a pint. A 10% CAMRA member discount is available at other times.
A bit further up the road a planning application has been made to covert the previous Handymans shop at 461 Smithdown Road into a public house with food offer. The building, originally the Sefton Park Picturedrome, is bigger than you might expect. The plans include setting up a ‘Nano Brewery’. These premises will only be yards away from Wavertree’s last brewery at the Finch & Firkin that has long since reverted to the Brook House.
Lee owner of the Alehouse on Prescot Road is organising a small beer festival, Swanfest, at a nearby church hall early in December. All the tickets sold out quickly. I congratulate Lee for his work in promoting real ale in the area, both in his pub and with this festival. It is not too long ago that I wrote a piece for MerseyAle titled ‘Old Swan Beer Desert’.
There is a new licensee at the Derby Arms on the corner of Allerton Road and Vale Road, near Menlove Avenue. On my recent visit Sharps Doombar was available, but it has been reported that this alternates with Jennings Cumberland.
The Toby Carvery Aintree, previously the Rocking Horse, outside the entrance to the racecourse, is reported to be selling real ale.
The final day trading at Merton in Bootle as a Wetherspoon pub will be 11th December. This is part of the company’s policy not to have nearby pubs in their chain competing with other. The pub is expected to open under a new operator a few days later and hopefully will continue to sell real ale.
The handpump at the Bar du Fay was not in use when I visited in November. The landlord told me people chose not to drink the real ale when the weather was warmer. It is a pity the pump is not now back in use now the colder days are with us.
The Old Bank on South Road has introduced a loyalty card for their real ale. Obtain six stamps when buying a pint, to get a seventh pint free. Stamps will only be given and free pints redeemed from 12.00-8.00pm Monday to Thursday and 12.00-6.00pm on Friday.
The Trap & Hatch further along South Road has had problems installing their kitchen. Without food the pub has not been opening until 6.00pm. Hopefully all will be sorted soon and the menu will be available, so the pub will start opening at 11.00am.
Sam, the landlord at the Volunteer Canteen, reports he can have a couple or real ales at a time, free of tie. I enjoyed a pint of Heavy Industry Smoked Porter here during November.
The George, the large Stonegate pub at the start of Moor Lane in Crosby Village is currently closed for refurbishment by Stonegate Pubs. It is due to reopen at 5pm on 7th December.
Further down the lane news of the Crosby Village Social Club is that the building lease sold to a development company, Plans are to redevelop the suite of shops the club is above into a new retail space. Currently there is no cask beer here, but it appears ocassionally.
Nearby, the Crosby Hotel on Liverpool Road was again closed for a period recently. Perhaps the pub would do better if real ale in good condition was served here.
The Vikings Landing has been opened by Marston's on the Stonebridge Retail Park off the East Lancashire Road in north-east Liverpool. The Vikings are believed to have sailed up the River Alt and landed in the area, hence the name of the pub. It is good to hear that there are four handpumps in Croxteth! They dispense beers from the Marston's Group. When member John McGrath visited he reported the Hobgoblin was excellent.
The pub, like many of the new build Marston's pubs around the country, centres on food. There is a Carvery, along with a full menu. Curry night is Wednesday.
The beer engines at the Hunting Lodge in the centre of West Derby village have been removed.
The Old Bank, on South Road, has now designated one of its hand pumps to always dispense a dark beer. This is good news for those, like some female members of the branch, who prefer milds, porters and stouts.
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.
On the 19th July we once again held our annual awards ceremony in the beautiful grounds of KIND.
The runners up each receive a 'Pub of Excellence' award.
Then at the May Get-together branch members were asked for nominations for other pubs with suggestions for appropriate awards. In addition to this an award was presented to Augustus John who were voted joint 2nd in the Regional 'Cider Pub of the Year Awards'.
The awards are as follows, congratulations to all concerned.
|Pub of the Year||The Dispensary|
|Pub of Excellence||The Lion|
|Pub of Excellence||Vernon Arms|
|Pub of Excellence||Roscoe Head|
|Pub of Excellence||Ship & Mitre|
|Cider Award||Augustus John|
|Pub of Culture||Belvedere|
|Community Pub||Peter Kavanagh|
|Pub of Live Music||Caledonia|
|Real Ale Renaissance||Old Bank, Waterloo|
|Bar Person Award||Joe Power, Everyman|