OTHER PUB NEWS
The Baltic Fleet have installed a seventh beer engine. As well as Summer Ale and usually a seasonal brew from the pub's brewery, the other beers are all local. The pub is now offering a CAMRA members discount, 20p a pint, or 10p a half.
Following the closure of the Cross Keys, the Everyman Folk Club has returned to the Everyman Bistro. The group have been promised real ale will be back on tap during July.
Further to last month, the Esperanza in the basement of 32 Hope Street, is now serving real ale. Three beer engines have been fitted. At the beginning of July, Samuel Adams (brewed at Shepherd Neame) Blonde Ambition was on tap for US Independence day, along with Purple Moose Snowdonia. This pub opens at 4.00pm on weekdays and 2.00pm weekends.
HEADLINE NEWS – LION & CROSS KEYS CLOSE
Geoff Edwards reports.
Two of Liverpool’s historic pubs have closed their doors following a long-running dispute with Punch Taverns over leases and rents.
The Grade Two listed Lion Tavern on the corner of Moorfields and Tithebarn Street, which features in CAMRA’s National Inventory of unspoilt pub interiors, was also Liverpool’s longest continuously operating pub. It has now closed its doors for the first time in 180 years. The Lion is named after the famous Liverpool and Manchester Railway locomotive that starred in ‘the Titfield Thunderbolt’ film.
The Cross Keys in Earle Street has also closed its doors. Paul Simon performed at the pub in the same year he wrote ‘Homeward Bound’ while waiting on Widnes station. The pub was also famous for its link to boxing, with the Liverpool Stadium a stone’s throw away. This was the venue for many notable boxing bouts; one involved Kirkby-born John Conteh, who successfully defended his world light-heavyweight crown there in 1977.
As a Lion regular and local organiser for the CAMRA Members Weekend in Liverpool, here is my opinion;
“Currently, two historic and well-loved pubs, which were visited by many members attending the 2016 CAMRA Members Weekend in April, are closed. It is vital that both establishments open their doors as soon as possible. However, given the reputation of particularly the Lion, it is vital that any tenant has the appropriate expertise in managing a real ale pub, otherwise clientele, built up over many years may go elsewhere.”
As recently reported in the local media, both the Lion Tavern on Moorfields and the Cross Keys in Earle Street have ceased trading and both pubs are currently closed.
The licensees cite the reason for the closure is a dispute between them and the pubs owner, Punch Taverns.
We have contacted Punch Taverns asking them for assurances that the Lion and the Cross Keys will reopen as soon as possible and continue trading as pubs. So far, we have had no reply.
Liverpool and Districts CAMRA do not want to lose these iconic pubs, or any others in the area. In addition to the part these pubs play in the local cask beer scene, the Lion Tavern in particular is of national importance with it's interior being recognised by CAMRA by it’s inclusion in the 'National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors'. The building itself is registered as a Grade II building with English Heritage.