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PUB WALK number 4 - University area

One reason to become a student at Liverpool University is that there are good pubs nearby.

This pub walk can also be pdfdownloaded: University Pub Map570.16 KB15/08/2016, 13:30

Be advised that opening times and choice can be reduced during holiday periods. To get to the University area walk up Mount Pleasant from by the Adelphi Hotel.

For those who need sustenance for the walk they may wish to stop at Rileys, on the right at the bottom of Mount Pleasant, The one beer on offer here was often a locale in the past, but recently it has been Thwaites Wainwright.

https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/264/rileys-liverpool

Font 4 s
Walk up the hill past Hope Street (See Pub Walk number 2) and you will find on the right the Font, under student accommodation on Arrad Street. Two beers are usually available here from smaller breweries, often locales, but Purple Moose and Salopian are also regularly on tap here. This is also a good place to eat. There are plenty of games to play here.

https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/60/font-liverpool

Cambridge 2 S
Turn right onto Oxford Street and right again onto Mulberry Street. On the left, halfway down the street, is the Cambridge. This traditional pub has up to three ales from the Marstons group on tap. Lunchtime food is available.

https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/30/cambridge-liverpool

Sphinx S
Backtrack along Mulberry Street, turn left on Oxford Street and then right onto Mount Pleasant. Stay on the right hand side around the curve in the road and you will come to the Guild of Students. Here is the Sphinx, named due to the University's strong links with Egypt. Two ales are normally available, one of which could be the house beer brewed by Melwood Brewery. Good value food is available here also.

https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/396/sphinx-liverpool

Turn right out of the Sphinx and right again and you will see the Augustus John. This is a must to visit if you like cider, having been the branch's Cider Pub of the Year several times. There are also up to five beers, a couple of which are normally locales. Note that this pub is usually closed at weekends, unless there is a big event on in the area. On weekdays this is a great place to conclude the walk.

https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/9/augustus-john-liverpool

From here you can walk down Brownlow Hill, or catch a bus outside the Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt Hall, the venue for the annual Liverpool Beer Festival.

University 2

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PUB WALK number 4 - University area

One reason to become a student at Liverpool University is that there are good pubs nearby.

This pub walk can also be pdfdownloaded: University Pub Map570.16 KB15/08/2016, 13:30

Be advised that opening times and choice can be reduced during holiday periods. To get to the University area walk up Mount Pleasant from by the Adelphi Hotel.

For those who need sustenance for the walk they may wish to stop at Rileys, on the right at the bottom of Mount Pleasant, The one beer on offer here was often a locale in the past, but recently it has been Thwaites Wainwright.

https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/264/rileys-liverpool

Font 4 s
Walk up the hill past Hope Street (See Pub Walk number 2) and you will find on the right the Font, under student accommodation on Arrad Street. Two beers are usually available here from smaller breweries, often locales, but Purple Moose and Salopian are also regularly on tap here. This is also a good place to eat. There are plenty of games to play here.

https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/60/font-liverpool

Cambridge 2 S
Turn right onto Oxford Street and right again onto Mulberry Street. On the left, halfway down the street, is the Cambridge. This traditional pub has up to three ales from the Marstons group on tap. Lunchtime food is available.

https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/30/cambridge-liverpool

Sphinx S
Backtrack along Mulberry Street, turn left on Oxford Street and then right onto Mount Pleasant. Stay on the right hand side around the curve in the road and you will come to the Guild of Students. Here is the Sphinx, named due to the University's strong links with Egypt. Two ales are normally available, one of which could be the house beer brewed by Melwood Brewery. Good value food is available here also.

https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/396/sphinx-liverpool

Turn right out of the Sphinx and right again and you will see the Augustus John. This is a must to visit if you like cider, having been the branch's Cider Pub of the Year several times. There are also up to five beers, a couple of which are normally locales. Note that this pub is usually closed at weekends, unless there is a big event on in the area. On weekdays this is a great place to conclude the walk.

https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/9/augustus-john-liverpool

From here you can walk down Brownlow Hill, or catch a bus outside the Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt Hall, the venue for the annual Liverpool Beer Festival.

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Awards 2014

The Annual Liverpool and Districts CAMRA Awards evening took place at the KIND Centre on a warm July evening. Once again, we were indebted to Steve Yip and his Staff for looking after us and a light buffet plus a variety of beers and ciders from local suppliers was enjoyed by all. In addition to confirming the Branch Pub of the Year and the Pubs of Excellence voted by the Membership, the event seeks to reward licences and individuals who have delivered excellence throughout the year or contributed significantly to local and national campaigns. Occasionally, we reward excellence in campaigning over a longer period by presenting the Tony Molyneux Award that on this occasion went to Steve Downing whose campaigning activities can probably be traced back to the birth of the local Branch in 1974. Numerous anecdotes were shared with the audience by former Branch Chair Kevin Buckley and Steve’s friend and long-standing member, Ken Gellion. Other notable highlights were the presentation of the Roger Kirby Award to Carol Ross for her tireless campaign against unfair practices of major pub companies and the Bar Person of the year Award co-presented by Branch founder member Clive Pownceby to Kitty McNicholas from the Globe in Cases Street.

Liverpool Pigeon: CAMRA Liverpool & Districts Pub of the Year 2014

Pub of Excellence: Dispensary

Pub of Excellence: Belvedere

Jay Smith: Cellarmanship Award

Jim Tyson Cellarmanship Award 

Kitty Mc Nicholas of the Globe: Bar Person of the Year

Steve Hughes receives a special Cider Award for Rosie’s

 Steve Downing: Tony Molyneux Award

Carol Ross: Roger Kirby Award

Community Pub: Volunteer Canteen

Best Live Music Venue Award: The Caledonia

Most Improved Beer Range: Masonic in Garston

Augustus John: Cider Pub of the Year

Crown Hotel: Pub Renaissance Award

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Awards 2015

IMAG4145“The Awards evening is a Celebration of all our Real Ale Pubs and an opportunity to recognise and reward pubs and people that have made a significant contribution to real ale in Liverpool.” With these words Sonia James-Henry, the Chair of Liverpool CAMRA Branch, introduced the 2015 Awards Night.


Best Newcomer Award – the Pen Factory, Hope Street Sonia commented that since opening in December 2015, the Pen Factory had rapidly set high standards for its real ale and for its quality food. The Award was collected by proprietor Paddy Byrne, who after over forty years running the Everyman Bistro and having won a shed load of awards in the process, found it rather touching to now be described as the Best Newcomer ! Sonia also highlighted the loss of a good real ale pub, the James Munroe on Tithbarn Street, which had been in contention for the Best Newcomer Award, but had closed some weeks earlier due, it was reported, to difficulty in making the pub viable given high levels of rent for the building – an all too common story in a climate where pubs nationally are closing at the rate of 29 a week.

Community Pub Award – the Scotch Piper, Lydiate, Lancashire The Award was introduced by Liverpool CAMRA Committee member Sue Daniels, who described how the licensees Phil and Julie had taken on the thatched roofed Piper, the oldest pub in Lancashire, and had not only developed a reputation for the quality of the real ale, but had also enhanced the pub’s contribution to the community. They organised a series of charitable events, gave support to local organisations and continued to host the weekly gathering of motor bikers and the local scouts who ran a burger stall to feed the Hungry Bikers. She commented that when the pub was burgled with major damage done by a major water leak caused by the forced entry, the thieves had left a note apologising for the damage to the pub ! Accepting the Award, Phil and Julie said that the CAMRA Award meant, “a hell of a lot to us.” They were new to the pub business and had set out to put new life into the pub and the Award was a great encouragement to them.


Renaissance Pub - the Pumphouse, Albert Dock. Sonia explained that the Renaissance Award was for a pub that had either introduced real ale in a pub where it was not previously sold, or had greatly improved the quality or the range of the real ales already on offer. The Pumphouse is a Greene King pub which is in a prime location on the Albert Dock, but had been offering only a very limited range of real ales. The pub managers had decided to greatly expand the range of real ales from 3 to 10 hand pumps and to offer beers from breweries beyond the Greene King group, with beers from the likes of Liverpool Organic Brewery, Skinners and Robinsons now appearing regularly. Tracey, Clare, Ryan and Bill from the Pumphouse were in attendance to receive the Award.


LocAle Pub of the Year – Stamps Too, Crosby Liverpool CAMRA LocAle officer Andre Fu, announced the Locale Award, commenting that it was awarded to the pub that had been the first winner of the Award when it was introduced. Since then Stamps Too had consistently promoted LocAles (those brewed within 30 miles of the pub), with LocAles being in the majority of beers on the bar. Licensee Frank received the Award and thanked CAMRA for the hard work they did in promoting pubs and real ale.


Bar Person of the Year Award Kim Broughton, the Baltic Fleet, Wapping This was introduced by CAMRA member Dave Jones and was awarded to Kim Broughton of the Baltic Fleet, Wapping. Dave commended Kim’s personality, attitude and customer service in a role that is the essential interface between the customer and the beers. This is a role which can make or break a pub and the customer experience, leading either to the loss of a customer or a satisfied customer who returns again. The bar person was central to the success of a pub.


Brewer of the Year - Angus Morrison, Wapping Brewery. Angus Morrison had taken over from long time Wapping brewer, the legendary Stan Shaw. This was some challenge, but Angus had risen to it and had also put his own stamp and personality on the Wapping beers. Introducing the Award, Sonia described the Baltic Fleet as a great pub with great Wapping beers which were brewed beneath your feet in the cellar brewery. Accepting the Award, Angus described how it had been a big challenge taking over from Stan, but hoped he had justified the faith placed in him and that customers enjoyed his beers. Angus commented that he loved making beer and that his message was; ‘Drink Beer, Be Happy’.


Real Cider Pub of the Year - the Augustus John, Peach Street off Brownlow Hill, Liverpool University Liverpool CAMRA Cider Officer Steve Berks introduced the Award, which for the fifth time was being awarded to the Augustus John, known to many as the AJ. In addition the AJ had also twice won the CAMRA Regional Cider pub of the year Award, demonstrating the excellent range and quality of the real ciders and perries sold there. The AJ had also worked closely with Liverpool CAMRA in promoting real cider to customers and especially students. The Award was collected by Jim Townson from the AJ.


The Four Liverpool CAMRA Pubs of Excellence 2015 Sonia introduced the four Pubs of Excellence, explaining that these had been the finalists for the Liverpool CAMRA Pub of the Year 2015. They were;

The Dispensary, Renshaw Street – “always offering excellent beer quality”

The Ship and Mitre, Dale Street, “a pub on many people’s itinerary when visiting Liverpool”

The Lime Kiln, Concert Square “a Wetherspoon pub with a range of 12 real ales”
The Pi Bar, Rose Lane, Mossley Hill. A small neighbourhood bar which has been so successful it has had to expand into the shop next door.


The Liverpool Pigeon, Endbutt Lane, Crosby Sonia introduced the Award with the words, “a great little pub with a fantastic atmosphere, excellent beer quality, a varied clientele and also dog friendly. A deserved winner for the second year running” Accepting the Award, licensee Pat Moore said, “it is an honour to win this award for the second year running. It has been an exciting time opening, running and developing the pub. We want to showcase beer and serve it in top condition. We are looking to offer more beers including those from two new local micro breweries. I would also like to thank our staff, Ian and Geoff, for the great contribution they make to the pub.”

 

This article first appeared in Merseyale Autumn 2015

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Previous Cider POTY Winners

YEAR PUB
2016 CASK
2015 Augustus John
2014 Augustus John
2013 Augustus John
2012 Augustus John
2011 Augustus John

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Pub Awards

On the 19th July we once again held our annual awards ceremony in the beautiful grounds of KIND

The Branches Pub of the of the year and its four runners up were chosen by our members.

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 Awards 2011
AWARD PUB
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
Newcomer Pi Bar
Community Pub Peter Kavanagh
Pub of Live Music Caledonia
Real Ale Renaissance Old Bank, Waterloo
   
Bar Person Award Joe Power, Everyman

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