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12 Liverpool pubs we have missed during lockdown


The lockdown has finally lifted and lots of Liverpool pubs have reopened their doors.

We’ve missed the chance to get together with friends, savour a properly poured pint or enjoy a G&T after work or while out shopping.

Our favourite city hostelries might look a little different with distancing rules and other new measures to keep us all safe, but it’s a sign at least that things are starting to get back to normal.

So to these – and other pubs – we say ‘welcome back’ and raise a glass to them. Cheers! (And to those which haven’t opened back up yet, we’re looking forward to seeing you again soon).

The Philharmonic Dining Rooms

‘We are now open and we can’t wait to see you’ says this classic Hope Street pub – but not half as much as we want to see them.

A traditional pub with a unique character and rich history, it’s favoured for its wide range of real ales and its top-notch pub food.

Dazzling and flamboyant, it has a place in history as ‘the most ornate pub in England’. Known as ‘The Phil’, this magnificent hostelry takes its name from Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall opposite and, commissioned between 1898 and 1900, it’s a showpiece in the style of a gentlemen’s club.

With the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Choir and Society so close, it has long been a favourite with concert-goers and performers alike.

More info here.

The Pub in the Park – Allerton Hall Farm


Wishing its customers a welcome back The Pub in the Park in Allerton adds that ‘our doors are now wide open’.

A great family pub, this Farmhouse Inn is friendly, welcoming and warm.

Whether you’re stopping for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or just a drink, there’s something to tickle everyone’s fancy. 

You can also enjoy it during a day out to the nearby National Trust Speke Hall, Garden & Trust and Calderstones Park, so you can get some fresh air too.

More information this way.

Thomas Rigby’s, Dale Street

One of Liverpool’s oldest pubs, it was sad to see this well-established alehouse having to close its doors.

But, it’s back.

Slap bang in the heart of the city, the traditional Dale Street establishment which prides itself as ‘a high end beer and food emporium’ promises, as always, a warm welcome from its friendly staff and the choice of up to eight cask conditioned beers and 40+ world beers.

With oak-panelled walls and fancy fireplaces it’s cosy and comfortable. Just what we want.

Find out more here.

Ma Boyles Alehouse and Eatery

Dating back to 1870, Ma’s has been a coffee shop and an oyster bar before becoming what it is today, based in the iconic Tower Building since 1974.

You can join them for cocktails, local ales, delicious home-cooked food and ‘wonderful company’.

Check out the new and improved menu with some great new additions.

There’s never a dull moment at Ma’s… and while some things have changed, that definitely hasn’t.

Get more info here.

The Railway

In the centre of the business district and just on the edge of the shops, you can pop in if you’ve finished your trip back into town and, eventually for many people, after a day in the office.

There’s lots of dark wood in this Tithebarn Street inn, with plush comfy seating to make it really cosy – perfect to welcome us all back in.

There’s food and fun, especially on Fizz Fridays when there’s Prosecco to be had and, even, a decent bottle of Champers for £20!

Visit the website here.

The Blackburne Arms Liverpool

If you want to celebrate a return to the pub with a few celebs, this is definitely one place to head for.

Liverpool legends Phil Thompson and Alan Kennedy are regulars and Radio City’s Rossie is known to head down a time or two. That said, it’s a celebrity in its own right.

A pub for almost 100 years, The Blackburne in the heart of the Georgian Quarter has been completely transformed in recent years. It has a brand-new restaurant menu as well as a bar stacked with a wide variety of drink selections including fantastic beers, gins and wines and, just as important, ‘a homely and relaxing atmosphere’.

Get more info here.

Punch Tarmey’s Liverpool

The popular Cains Brewery Village Irish pub is back ‘bigger and better than ever’ – and with a brand-new look.

As well as all the live sport, great beer and an awesome atmosphere, they’ve taken Punch outdoors with the addition of ’The Courtyard’.

There are now two outdoor bars, and two stages for outdoor live music every and all weekend.

“Because there’s plenty of room,” said a spokesman, “we were able to knock through to an outside courtyard, into the heart of the Brewery Village.

It’s definitely one of the places to be this summer.

Book your table here.

The Baltic Fleet

Now a grade II listed building, The Baltic Fleet is a traditional dock road pub back doing exactly what it was built for – providing visitors and locals with a warm welcome, good food and a fine choice of liquid refreshment once more.

You can share a chilled pint on the (sometimes) sun-soaked beer terrace in summer or warm the cockles next to its log burning stove when it’s a little bit cooler.

And, of course, you can enjoy a bowl of scouse all year round.

Find out more here.

Peaky Blinders

Peaky Blinders in Cains Brewery Village has reopened seven days a week, from midday onwards, closing earlier than usual at 11pm every night.

Neil Cooper, operations manager, says: “We’ve been lucky because Liverpool is such a big venue so we’ve been able to maximise seating capacity but still keep everyone a good distance apart and keep the atmosphere. We’ve spread everything out and moved things around so people have got their backs to the table behind rather than being in a line.

“We’ve also put hand sanitiser stations at the entrance and outside the toilets and we’ve added new markings on the floor for a one-way system in the bar area.”

It’s table service only, so customers wait to be seated, they’re asked to stay at their seats unless they’re going to the toilet, and not to move tables and chairs around.

“Our normal capacity is 450, but a lot of that is standing, dancing and being at the bar. Now it’s all seated, downstairs we’ve got capacity for about 140 and outside another 50,” says Neil.

Get the latest information here.

Ma Egerton’s Stage Door

Good news! Ma is back and Great news! Ma is back and she’s got some fab new offers to tempt and welcome you back.

You can now order one of Ma’s famous Pizzas and a pint for just £10 from Sunday to Friday.

Booking isn’t necessary but you can book for the Pudsey Street pub if you wish by emailing [email protected] or visiting the website.

And Ma says: “What more can we say! We’re open for business again and Ma’s kitchen will be open too – and we know how much you have missed our Pizzas.

“We can’t wait to see you all.”

Find out more about Ma Egerton’s here

The Ship and Mitre

It’s undergone a few makeovers in its time but what hasn’t changed is its no-nonsense quest to provide a quality pint.

The downstairs bar in the Dale Street pub reflects the inside of a ship so it’s definitely one to board for a festive bevvy…or two.

Currently a CAMRA Pub of Excellence, it’s a former Pub of the Year and offer the largest selection of hand-pulled ales in Merseyside – not forgetting the range of around 200 beers (draught and bottled) is one of the largest in the North West.

Get more info here.

And one to wait for….so be patient please!

Peter Kavanagh’s

The toast of Toxteth and the city after being voted Liverpool and Districts CAMRA’s Pub of the Year Peter Kavanagh’s isn’t open yet but it won’t be long before landlady Rita Smith and her team open the doors once more.

“I’ve been using lockdown to have a good clearout,” says Rita, “and do all the jobs that I don’t normally get to do.

“I am planning one more big clean down – which isn’t easy with all the knick-knacks in this pub – but I’ve got all the PPE equipment and me and the team will be opening back up in either the first or second week in August.

“I won’t be able to have the musicians and quiz nights won’t be quite the same but we’ll be here and hopeful able to return back to normal as soon as possible.”

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