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16 pubs worth seeking out in Liverpool and beyond – Liverpool Echo

16 pubs worth seeking out in Liverpool and beyond – Liverpool Echo

16 pubs worth seeking out in Liverpool and beyond – Liverpool Echo
February 24
08:52 2020

Liverpool has many a great pub, with plenty of them having stood the test of time in the city, serving customers for decades.

From city centre favourites such as the Ship & Mitre, The Liverpool pub, The Flute, The Philharmonic Dining Rooms – there is so much choice spread across Liverpool.

With so much available, you can be forgiven for missing one or two, and even ones with huge reputations can often go unnoticed.

This is due to many being located off the beaten track.

Below, we’ve rounded-up a list of 16 pubs which are definitely worth seeking out. They includes city centre favourites as well as others which are further afield.

Ye Hole In Ye Wall

Ye Hole In Ye Wall.

4 Hackins Hey, L2 2AW

Ye Hole In Ye Wall is an 18th century pub, in fact it is one of Liverpool’s oldest pubs – and much-loved.

It’s based on Hackins Hey which is a side street off Dale Street in the city centre.

Everyone who visits loves it with many describing it as a “proper pub” while other say it is a “timeless gem”.

Ye Cracke

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13 Rice St, L1 9BB

It might be small but it’s mighty.

Another pub known for its Beatles connections, Ye Cracke is known for being one of John Lennon’s favourite watering holes.

The famous Liverpool pub in Rice Street is popular with regulars for its many charms, including a darts area and a beer garden.


22 Queens Avenue, L2 4TZ

Queens Avenue welcomed new bar Abditory in November last year.

The bar is being operated by Camp and Furnace co-founders Steven Burgess and Josh Moore who say they have a long term vision for the venue to “become a well loved contribution to the city’s growing collection of amazing spaces.”

Steven Burgess said: “We want it to be a place we are proud of and can bring our wives, girlfriends, partners and work mates of an evening and enjoy a decent drink without the hassle.

“Everything in Abditory will mean something to us, from the names of drinks to the soundtrack to the toastie fillings. We could not be more excited about having our own place in the city centre.”

Abditory is shortlisted for 2020’s Pub of the Year award at the Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2020.

Its menu features a variety of wines, cocktails, beers and food such as toasties and sharing boards.

There is also a range of hot drinks and coffees too.

Roscoe Head

Pubs of Distinction: the Roscoe Head on Roscoe Street
Pubs of Distinction: the Roscoe Head on Roscoe Street

24 Roscoe St, L1 2SX

This award-winning pub is a regular feature in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide.

The pub has been run by the same family for more than 30 years and has four intimate rooms to relax in with a pint of real ale.

The Poste House

23 Cumberland St, L1 6BU

Anyone who’s ever been into this lively pub will know that it’s tucked away nature hasn’t stopped it being popular.

It’s always buzzing and in something of a unique set-up for a Liverpool pub, downstairs is for the drinkers who’ve been going there for years while upstairs has a friendly LGBT vibe as the pub is slap-bang in the heart of the gay quarter.

You wouldn’t pass this place while out shopping but it’s a worthwhile destination.

Ma Egerton’s Stage Door

Ma Egerton's Stage Door on Pudsey Street, Liverpool
Ma Egerton’s Stage Door on Pudsey Street, Liverpool

9 Pudsey St, L1 1JA

Again, this is hardly an unknown venue – but if you’d never been, would you know where to find it?

It gets its name from the fact the artists’ entrance (and exit) to the Liverpool Empire theatre is directly opposite and over the years the great and the good have supped there after a show.

Its twin sister, Ma Boyle’s, is in an equally discreet location near The Strand.

These two ladies aren’t keen on flaunting themselves, thriving on their impeccable reputations instead.

The Liver Vaults

59 Gilead Street, Kensington and Fairfield L7 2QS

This is a back street local pub.

The gas fire and carpets give it a cosy living room feeling.

All the usual beers and wines are available here and conveniently, the 10s bus services run nearby on Kensington and the 7 buses on Edge Lane.

The Swinging Arm

61-63 Church Street, Birkenhead, CH41 5EG

It’s not too far from the banks of the Mersey, Woodside Ferry Terminal or Hamilton Square although first-timers will still need to have Google Maps on to track it down.

A big favourite with the biking community, The Arm is known for its live music which begins early at weekends and carries on into the night.

The Fox and the Hounds

107 Barnston Road, Barnston, Wirral CH61 1BW

This pub has certainly stood the test of time and with the food and drink it serves, alongside the character or the place – it’s easy to see why.

The pub has kept a lot of its original architectural features and charm after being rebuilt in 1911.

They have a brilliant range of local ales, lagers and ciders including Trappers Hate from Brimstage and 15 different gins.

Bootle Arms

Rock Lane, Melling, L31 1EN

The Bootle Arms is a family friendly pub where you can enjoy traditional pub grub alongside a pint or a bottle of wine.

From classic pub meals to specials – it has it all.

Including the two for one deal on selected main meals and the curry and steak nights each week which are always a favourite.

If the weather is nice you can eat al fresco on the outside terrace and seating area.

And there’s plenty to keep to kids busy too with a play area outside.

Neptunes Brewery

Unit 1, Sefton Lane Industrial Estate, Sefton Lane, Maghull, Liverpool L31 8BX

Located off the beaten track on Sefton Lane in Maghull, the brewery doubles up as a bar too.

But don’t be fooled by its out of town location, as even on a Saturday afternoon it is busy with customers.

It is open on a Friday and Saturday and aims to provide somewhere “where everyone could enjoy quality brewed beers, great conversation and good times.” according to its website.

The Edinburgh

4 Sandown Lane, L15 8HY

If you ever needed proof that The Edinburgh in Wavertree was worth a visit you only have to look at some of its recent TripAdvisor reviews.

One reviewer said: “The old English pub.

“Good real ale and cider- reasonably priced, with outstanding folk music on a Monday. Nothing not to like. Welcoming to all ages – 18 – 88.”

The Pheasant

The Pheasant, Hightown

The Pheasant, 20 Moss Lane, Hightown, Liverpool L38 3RA

The Pheasant is set off the beaten track, but its almost hidden location hasn’t stopped it gaining a legion of fans,including both Liverpool and Everton footballers past and present.

It is a contemporary pub and restaurant based in Hightown that even allows dogs in.

With its vibrant atmosphere and character, this should be your first port of call when looking for a great pub lunch.

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On the menu, you’ll find a wide variety of seasonal favourites and delicious pub food dishes such as battered fish finger sandwiches to carbonara or sweet chilli chicken skewers.

There is a separate Vegan menu and Sunday roast menu too.

The Albany

Stoneycroft , 40 Albany Road, Old Swan, Liverpool, L13 3BJ

The Albany in Old Swan used to be two terraces houses back in the day.

So if it wasn’t for name plastered on the front, you’d not even notice it was there.

It’s camouflaged with other terraced houses and has a homely feel inside.

If you’re one who likes a bit of karaoke or a pub quiz then you’re in luck, The Albany has weekly sing-a-longs and a pub quiz.

The Sandpiper

Holly Farm, Ormskirk Old Rd, Bickerstaffe, Ormskirk L39 0HD

The Sandpiper was originally a farmhouse called Holly Farm. It has only recently been converted into the pub restaurant that you see today.

For Scousers, it will completely off the beaten track, but is worth the drive out to find it.

Whether you are planning dinner with friends or Sunday lunch with family, it’s the perfect place to enjoy some quality time with those you love the most.

It’s a dog-friendly pub with a beer-garden too. Dishes on its menu include a traditional Sunday roast with all the trimmings to tasty dishes such as handmade dough sticks and chargrilled lamb koftas to start, followed by classic mains like beer-battered fish and chips and steak & ale pie.

Hotel Tia

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21 Anfield Rd, Liverpool L4 0TE

If you’re a Reds fan the beer garden at this Anfield hotel is one of the best for pre-match atmosphere. It’s become an unofficial fanzone and has a beer garden that backs onto Stanley Park.

Stars including John Barnes, John Aldridge, Roy Evans and Alan Kennedy have previously visited and the hotel screens the match when it’s on Sky or BT Sport.

Source: 16 pubs worth seeking out in Liverpool and beyond – Liverpool Echo

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