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Other Pub News

City Centre

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.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/491/ranelaghs-tavern-liverpool

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.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/38/cornmarket-liverpool

The Pen Factory on Hope Street is now open on Sundays, from 2.00 to 8.00pm.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/392/pen-factory-liverpool

Kensington

The Kensington, at 189 Kensington, has reopened after a refurbishment and is reported to be selling real ale.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/386/kensington-liverpool

Everton

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.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/146/grove-hotel-liverpool

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.

Wavertree

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.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/84/willow-bank-liverpool

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.

Old Swan

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’.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/422/ale-house-liverpool

Woolton

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.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/108/derby-arms-liverpool

Aintree

The Toby Carvery Aintree, previously the Rocking Horse, outside the entrance to the racecourse, is reported to be selling real ale.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/496/toby-carvery-aintree-liverpool

Bootle

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.

Maghull

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.

Waterloo

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.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/40/old-bank-liverpool

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.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/494/trap-hatch-waterloo

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.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/24/volunteer-canteen-liverpool

Crosby

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.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/100/george-hotel-liverpool

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.

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Hope Street

PUB WALK number 2 - HOPE STREET

Uniquely flanked by two cathedrals and only a short walk away from the city centre, is Hope Street home to ten excellent pubs some of which are often overlooked.

This pub walk can also be downloaded pdfHope_St.pdf479.05 KB02/07/2016, 17:01

Hope Street is a short walk from the Lime Street area, or you can take any 75, 80 or 86 bus to Hardman Street alighting by the Flute.

 

The Refinery

The first pub on Hope Street is the newest, the Refinery, on the corner of Myrtle Street opposite the Philharmonic Hall. The pub is large enough for drinkers to be separated from eaters. There are usually three beers available from different local breweries. https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/409/refinery-liverpool

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On the other side of Hope Street is the Philharmonic Dining Rooms, a pub that any visitor to Liverpool must seek out. Built at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries for the original Robert Cain brewery, this Grade II* listed building is an amazing building, inside and out. While admiring the building you can sup some of the eight beers usually on offer. The choice is such that there is usually a beer you have not tried before, or a beer you have enjoyed before. https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/14/philharmonic-dining-rooms-liverpool

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Next door to the Phil is Fredericks. This does not serve real ale and the craft beers on offer tend to come from the larger breweries, but usually one from Camden. 

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The next door again is Esperanza, a cellar bar, selling keg beer including again a beer from Camden, but brews from Liverpool Craft have also been seen here.

Casa

On the other side of the road is the Casa, famous for its Socialist history, being the place where many political meetings have been held over the years. It has always disappointed me that cask beer is not available here.

Clove Hitch

Further down the same side of the road, at number 23, is the Clove Hitch. This is primarily a restaurant, but there is a drinking area by the bar and there is pleasant garden area. Obviously, this is a good place for those who enjoy good food with good beer, but do not be discouraged from stopping just for a drink. Two cask beers, normally from local breweries, are served from the hand pumps and there is a good selection of craft keg beers.

Downstairs is the No. 23 Club where there are more keg taps and a large selection of bottled beers that are also available to take away. 
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/87/clove-hitch-liverpool

PenFactory

The Pen Factory is next to the Everyman Theatre and is a popular venue for people just drinking and those who enjoy the small plate food as well. There are up to nine cask ales to choose from, all from smaller breweries, including a few locales. The venue has one large room, with numerous stools in the bar area good for those just wanting to drink. Should the weather be good there is a sheltered garden. Please note the Pen Factory is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/392/pen-factory-liverpool

Evereyman

The Everyman Bistro, below the theatre has some handpumps, but they are not always in use. Should a beer be available, it is likely to be one from Liverpool Organic, or perhaps one of their swaps. The handpumps in the Street Cafe above, have yet to be plumbed in.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/372/everyman-bistro-liverpool

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Should you still be in need of a further beer, you can walk around the corner, past the Liverpool Medical Institute, to the Font on Arrad Street. There are usually a couple of beers available, often from Purple Moose, or perhaps Salopian or a locale. This pub is the starting point for the University Pub Walk, that will be published sometime in the future.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/60/font-liverpool

 

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Hope Street

PUB WALK number 2 - HOPE STREET

Uniquely flanked by two cathedrals and only a short walk away from the city centre, is Hope Street home to ten excellent pubs some of which are often overlooked.

This pub walk can also be downloaded pdfHope_St.pdf479.05 KB02/07/2016, 17:01

Hope Street is a short walk from the Lime Street area, or you can take any 75, 80 or 86 bus to Hardman Street alighting by the Flute.

 

The Refinery

The first pub on Hope Street is the newest, the Refinery, on the corner of Myrtle Street opposite the Philharmonic Hall. The pub is large enough for drinkers to be separated from eaters. There are usually three beers available from different local breweries. https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/409/refinery-liverpool

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On the other side of Hope Street is the Philharmonic Dining Rooms, a pub that any visitor to Liverpool must seek out. Built at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries for the original Robert Cain brewery, this Grade II* listed building is an amazing building, inside and out. While admiring the building you can sup some of the eight beers usually on offer. The choice is such that there is usually a beer you have not tried before, or a beer you have enjoyed before. https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/14/philharmonic-dining-rooms-liverpool

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Next door to the Phil is Fredericks. This does not serve real ale and the craft beers on offer tend to come from the larger breweries, but usually one from Camden. 

IMG 5097

The next door again is Esperanza, a cellar bar, selling keg beer including again a beer from Camden, but brews from Liverpool Craft have also been seen here.

Casa

On the other side of the road is the Casa, famous for its Socialist history, being the place where many political meetings have been held over the years. It has always disappointed me that cask beer is not available here.

Clove Hitch

Further down the same side of the road, at number 23, is the Clove Hitch. This is primarily a restaurant, but there is a drinking area by the bar and there is pleasant garden area. Obviously, this is a good place for those who enjoy good food with good beer, but do not be discouraged from stopping just for a drink. Two cask beers, normally from local breweries, are served from the hand pumps and there is a good selection of craft keg beers.

Downstairs is the No. 23 Club where there are more keg taps and a large selection of bottled beers that are also available to take away. 
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/87/clove-hitch-liverpool

PenFactory

The Pen Factory is next to the Everyman Theatre and is a popular venue for people just drinking and those who enjoy the small plate food as well. There are up to nine cask ales to choose from, all from smaller breweries, including a few locales. The venue has one large room, with numerous stools in the bar area good for those just wanting to drink. Should the weather be good there is a sheltered garden. Please note the Pen Factory is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/392/pen-factory-liverpool

Evereyman

The Everyman Bistro, below the theatre has some handpumps, but they are not always in use. Should a beer be available, it is likely to be one from Liverpool Organic, or perhaps one of their swaps. The handpumps in the Street Cafe above, have yet to be plumbed in.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/372/everyman-bistro-liverpool

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Should you still be in need of a further beer, you can walk around the corner, past the Liverpool Medical Institute, to the Font on Arrad Street. There are usually a couple of beers available, often from Purple Moose, or perhaps Salopian or a locale. This pub is the starting point for the University Pub Walk, that will be published sometime in the future.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/60/font-liverpool

 

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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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