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Lion Reopens

LionFinally, some good news about one of Liverpool’s iconic pubs that closed its doors in June! The Lion Tavern is now open under the stewardship of Dave Hardman. The Lion closed after a dispute involving Punch Taverns and Porter and Black Ltd, the company set up by the previous lessees to run this pub and the nearby Cross Keys. Michael Black and Sean Porter now have their own ‘Lion’ in Birkenhead town centre, adding to the Wirral real ale scene.
Dave has run pubs in Birkenhead and most recently worked behind the bar in the Lion so he brings a wealth of expertise that hopefully will ensure its continued success.
Retaining the eight hand pumps Dave will initially operate from the Punch list, as he is currently unable to source beers through SIBA. Young’s Bitter, a regulars’ favourite, plus Adnam’s Broadside, Castle Rock Harvest Pale and Moorhouse’s Pride of Pendle will be regularly available.
First impressions are good with beer of high quality and a good range of styles in addition to the above. Dave’s next step will be to try and obtain a local beer. The opening night, Wednesday 16th November, was a huge success with the pub packed with familiar faces. Liz and Mark were a reassuring presence behind the bar along with Dave. Since then, the free pie and cheese platters have been reinstated and local and visiting football supporters have once more enjoyed the Lion’s hospitality.
It’s fair to say the old place has been missed by the regulars, who were often seen in other city hostelries. Many have now, like the Lion, returned to what many call their spiritual home. As for the beer that bears the Lion’s name, that was last seen in Birkenhead.
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Lion Tavern and Cross Keys

LionTavernAs 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. 

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POTY 2012

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Pub Of The Year (POTY)

Earlier this year members of the branch were asked to vote for their top 3 POTY pubs.  This was done via a form on the website, an article on Face book and by asking for members vote at the Liverpool Beer Festival.  In total 123 votes were cast.  

Thank you to all those who put their name forward to be a member of the judging panel.  The panel was chosen at random, and consisted of 7 of those members and 1 committee member. 

A scoring system of 3 points for 1st choice, 2 for 2nd choice and 1 for 3rd choice was used to draw up a list of top ten pubs.  From this list the top 5 went forward to be judged against the national POTY criteria.  After which the branch POTY was the Roscoe Head congratulations to Carol Ross and her staff.

Results when judged against national POTY criteria

PUBSCORE
Roscoe Head 846.5
Dispensary 834.5
Belvedere 770.5
Lion 765
Ship & Mitre 759

The Roscoe Head now goes forward to judging for the first stage of the Regional Pub of the Year along 3 other regional pubs:-

Gallaghers, Birkenhead (Wirral Branch)
Guest House, Southport (Southport Branch)
Duke of Cambridge, St Helens (St Helen's Branch)
Details of the winner of this round of judging to follow.

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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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POTY 2011

Pub Of The Year (POTY)

Earlier this year members of the branch were asked to vote for their top 3 POTY pubs.  This was done via emailing all members, an article on Face book and by asking for members vote at the Liverpool Beer Festival.  In total 130 votes were cast.  

A scoring system of 3 points for 1st choice, 2 for 2nd choice and 1 for 3rd choice was used to draw up a list of top ten pubs.  From this list the top 5 went forward to be judged against the national POTY criteria.  After which the branch POTY was the Dispensary.

Results when judged against national POTY criteria

PUBSCORE
Dispensary 500
Lion 493
Vernon Arms 419
Roscoe Head 418
Ship & Mitre 416

(Maximum score 650)

The Dispensary now goes forward to judging for the first stage of the Regional Pub of the Year along 3 other regional pubs:-

  • Gallaghers, Birkenhead (Wirral Branch)
  • The Lakeside, Southport (Southport Branch)
  • The Phoenix,  St Helens (St Helen's Branch)

Details of the winner of this round of judging to follow.

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