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Peter Kavanaghs, Liverpool

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Characterful pub serving well-kept ales and with friendly service and relaxed atmosphere. A ''must visit''. 10/10.
wobblybob - 28 Aug 2017 22:18
Great locals pub not far from Pro Cathedral. Worth a look to see the interior.
hartlepool - 22 Jan 2017 16:32
This pub was busy but it wasn't, what i mean by this is that one of the side rooms was quite busy and the bar as well. But at least one side room was pretty quiet, I stood at the bar. 5 ales on one being Abbot Ale, I went for a pint of 'Onyx' (not sure what the brewery was, this may be incentive to go back to find out), priced at 3.20 and was very tasty. This feels a bit more of a locals pub, some of the other lads around the bar seemed a bit more 'up for it' (if you will), friendly though (one even bought me a pint). Definitely worth a visit, only thing I would say is it is worth coming here earlier on in your night as it is a bit further away from the main drinking areas of Liverpool. Don't risk getting lost or having to deal with some interesting characters on your walk back at the end of the night.
Wezzielad - 17 Dec 2016 12:40
Peter Kavanagh's is well out of the city centre. So I don't get to go here too often. It's also in a backstreet. So you don't tend to notice it in passing. Nevertheless it's still one of Liverpool's pub gems, with 3 different rooms that are all impressive. The ale range is good, but not quite good enough to tempt us here any more often. Yesterday it was Cottage Nemesis & Golden Arrow, Greene King Abbot, George Wright Cheeky Pheasant & Ossett Columbia Creek. All the beers we tried were well kept.
blue_scrumpy - 25 Jan 2016 18:58
One of those rare pubs where you can while away the time just looking around the interior - something different & unique wherever you look. Beer was good as well
Wilson_MacDonald - 28 Apr 2013 21:31
Very busy when I visited at about 4.30pm one Friday a few weeks ago. Difficult to get near the bar due to the locals who insist on standing in your way or leaning against the small bar. Took nearly 10 minutes to get served by one member of staff. There was someone else behind the bar but she thought it would be more productive to restock the fridges with bottles instead of serving one of the six people waiting to get served. I nearly walked out!

Eventually got served and pushed my way through the masses of ignorant locals and suited people stood by the fruit and games machines and got a table at the raised bit at the back of the pub where it was empty.

This is a nice pub with decent guest ales and I will visit again; I just need to work out when it isn't going to be busy and full of obnoxious locals.
mattbeer - 14 Apr 2012 15:32
Very busy when I visited at about 4.30pm one Friday a few weeks ago. Difficult to get near the bar due to the locals who insist on standing in your way or leaning against the small bar. Took nearly 10 minutes to get served by one member of staff. There was someone else behind the bar but she thought it would be more productive to restock the fridges with bottles instead of serving one of the six people waiting to get served. I nearly walked out!

Eventually got served and pushed my way through the masses of ignorant locals and suited people stood by the fruit and games machines and got a table at the raised bit at the back of the pub where it was empty.

This is a nice pub with decent guest ales and I will visit again; I just need to work out when it isn't going to be busy and full of obnoxious locals.
mattbeer - 14 Apr 2012 15:22
Visited Peter Kavanaghs again yesterday. I'm always surprised how quiet this pub is. On all of my previous visits, I've had the pick of the 3 bars. I've never seen anybody sitting in them. There only seems to be people around the bar itself. Although I'm sure it has to be busier in the evenings. Yesterday, we chose to sit in the largest bar. All are fairly devoid of light. But there are still plenty of things on the walls and ceilings to admire. Blakemere Funny Bunny & Hitched, Cottage Windsor Castle Ale & Vantage and Greene King Abbot Ale were all available. But I'm afraid once you're over the novelty value of this pub, it's pretty ordinary, especially in terms of atmosphere. Still a recommended visit for any visitors to the city. But I'm reducing my rating slightly.
blue_scrumpy - 8 May 2011 13:18
Have liked the place for years but after having taken a group of friends there last night, a phone being lost and staff doing nothing to help. I'm really no longer a fan. Phone calls to the number showede someone in there had it but they really weren't interested.
michelles - 10 Oct 2010 08:37
This place is proper weird, both in terms of all the stuff kicking about hung on walls stuffed in corners and the eccentric clientele, but all things considered I quite like it.

Can seem a bit 'locally', but there are ususally people willing to talk to you as well as the "he's not from round here" looks.

Decent range of ales too. I wouldn't go here regularly, but I'd say it's well worth the occasional visit.
Northern_Ale_Monkey - 2 Jun 2010 20:48
Excellant pub with plenty of atmosphere due to the eccentric decor and beer was good too.
covman45 - 21 Apr 2010 19:46
What a find this was. Hadn't been before on previous visits to Liverpool, but worth seeking out. We were glad it was quiet as we spent some time wandering round looking at the artifacts around the walls and suspended from the ceilings. One ceiling full of suspended radios, another with chamberpots and another with musical instruments. The beers we tried were great too. Cambrinus Herald and Cambrinus Endurance. No food though. Monday appears to be a bad day to eat around here. Will come back next time in Liverpool though.
gillhalfpint - 16 Feb 2010 11:21
An excellent place with excellent beers.
darloexile - 11 Feb 2010 18:25
Visited for the first time on Friday. Nothing to add to the architectural merit this pub has in abundance and which others have mentioned at length. In addition, the 'curios' have to be seen to be believed.

However, rarely have I felt so uncomfortable in a pub. Whether it was what seemed to be the barman, wandering around 'houseside' knocking back the lagers whilst popping 'barside' to annotate what seemed to be the locals' slate and not bothering to serve folk waiting; or the woman wandering round offering drinkers doughnuts from a bag; or the couple with a child effing and jeffing whilst debating whether to have another Guiness on tick; or the 'tumbleweed looks' that greeted our entrance to the room on the left from what can best be described as 80's casualties, I do not know.

Now I'm all for 'public' houses, actively search them out, but this place just struck me as weird. Oh, and my Northern Spellbinder was cloudy.

I shall visit again though and maybe it will grow on me.
barlick - 2 Nov 2009 09:14
This is the one of the Liverpool pubs I have been looking forward to visiting. The interior is fascinating especially the two bars either side of the serving area, and the bar area itself with plenty of curiosities filling every nook and cranny of space. 5 real ales are available - Frodsham Devil's Garden, Greene King Abbot Ale, Northern Spellbinder, Wychwood Hobgoblin & Station House Splash during my visit. No real ciders. Worth the walk from the city centre.
blue_scrumpy - 1 Nov 2009 12:57
This pub is a Victorian gem. Itís not that impressive from the outside, although the shutters are an interesting feature. Once inside though itís a real treat. You walk in to what is effectively a drinking corridor, with the bar being a few steps inside on the right. There are two snugs, both on the right on either side of the bar, both have old murals on the walls which are getting a bit faded these days. Both snugs have unusual round tables with a grill in the centre for stubbing out fags and decent fireplaces. The front snug has musical instruments hanging from the ceiling. The room to the left has two seating areas with a piano between the two along with a further raised area at the rear (closed when we were there). There are three bikes along the ledges, pictures covering almost every bit of the walls and transistor radios hanging from the ceiling. There is also the biggest Pelham puppet of Pinocchio that Iíve ever seen. On the bar are five handpumps serving Abbot Ale and four guests. I had two from the Cambrinus brewery Deliverance and Yardstick, both were excellent. A bit pricey at £2.70 a pint though. Itís a bit of a walk from the centre but its well worth it. Top pub.
ROBCamra - 22 Jun 2009 16:18
Victorian/Edwardian interior with an eclectic collection of miscellany, a little like drinking in a junk shop. Iíve never really ďgotĒ this pub although it gets talked up a lot. The cask beers, from Greene King (Abbot) and various microbreweries are usually good to fair, the interior is interesting but there just seems something missing. It is a bit of a localís pub, with over exuberant regulars congregating round the bar but they are friendly enough. It is a fair walk from some of the better pubs but for the curious it could be combined with a trip to the Blackburne and Belvedere or perhaps some of the studenty places near the university, the Cambridge and Augustus John come to mind. Several small rooms plus a larger split level affair with lots of seating, more stuff, some interesting photos, posters etc and a piano.
anonymous - 21 Apr 2009 10:16
Built pre 1844 No2 was licensed in 1854 as The Liver Inn. Present building dates from 1870. Nos 4+6 were acquired in the 60s and refurbished in early 70s extending pub as it is today. Renamed then to honour the eccentric Licensee, inventor and Alderman who ran it from 1897, when he changed name to The Grapes, until his death in 1950 aged 77. By then the Pub was known simply as ĎPetersí. Current Licensee (the 26th) Rita Smith has been a good custodian and little changes. 5 hand pulls offer changing range of excellent beers. 3 rooms full of character plus the bar. No food, but sign says you can bring your own! A Pub NOT TO BE MISSED!
Reviewed 21/02/09 by SADCATS on Tour! SCORE- 9.

Saxon_Scooper - 27 Feb 2009 18:28
One of the most bizarre pubs I have ever been in. Its a bit like having a drink in an antiques emporium! Well worth a visit. I love the room that has antique radios hanging from the ceiling.
happytyskie - 15 Aug 2008 09:50
Worth the walk out of town. Lovely building, lovely interior. Guest ales are different whenever I go there and are well kept. Scally free - go there now!
mattbeer - 10 Aug 2008 17:13
Quirky but characterful Victorian side-street pub in the smart part of Liverpool - the Georgian part that reminds you of Bath or Cheltenham.

I'm afraid that I've lost my notes of what I drank in here - suspect it might have been Black Sheep. There were 3-4 real ales on

As previous contributors have correctly pointed out, there is much to admire decor-wise in this pub, particularly the paintings in the 2 side rooms. Note also the carved faces on the wooden faces and also those that stare down at you from the high up shelving.

The room to the left as you enter contains old radios hanging down from the ceiling and other musical items.

Read more about the pub in the Liverpool Historic Pub Guide, which is well worth getting hold of.

It's a bit of a walk here from the City Centre ( walk southwards down Hope Street and turn left after passing the Anglican Cathedral ) but it's well worth it and it can reasonably easily be combined with visits to Ye Cracke and The Phil.

Recommended
JohnBonser - 7 Jul 2008 13:55
Back-street pub with a good selection of well-kept beer. The interior is one of most startling I have ever seen, and is worth the trip on its own.
mhanley - 16 Apr 2008 11:37
Called in here with a mate for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Fantasticly anachronistic, the sort of pub you would imagine had been long since demolished. A real "must visit" location. My only regret is that it's taken me the thick end of 30 years to discover it. Oh, and the beer's great too!
founddrunkinyourgarden - 18 Nov 2007 23:55
great pub, good vibes. anyone remember a regular back in the late 80s early 90s who was always claiming to be lord lucan's brother - short guy, smart dresser, greased back reddy-brown hair, mid- to late-40s. the scouse acccent kind of gave it away: "i'm lord lucan's brother, haw haw" - remember? where is he now?
freelance - 30 Jul 2007 17:00
Back street boozer that is more than 150 years old. Filled with a multitude of little rooms and snugs that feature original wall paintings by Eric Robertson, the interior of this pub absolutely blew me away. The front room has a real fire which was roaring on my visit, and wood panelled walls. Heavily stained glass windows in both large front/ back rooms coupled with the panelling and ďcorridorĒ area give the place an overall dark but warm cosy feel. The small bar area is central in the pub and features a copper-topped counter with five hand pumps. Hung above this bar is an absolute cornucopia of objects, ranging from football scarves to gas masks, and this sets the theme for the room to the left of the bar, which even boasts an ancient looking bicycle! A wall space in the corridor has been devoted to posters advertising local events. This couldíve ruined the look of the place; but is saved by the fact that the regulars have added more jokey, silly postings which gives a more community feel, and gave the pub a real personality to an out-of-towner, like me. One thing that did sort of spoil the experience for me somewhat was the young bar staffs choice of a (rather loud) old skool rave CD. The exterior features glorious purple paintwork and even co-ordinating wheelie bins. A glorious boozer, a real must visit!
TerrysJessica - 3 Apr 2007 12:25
This is a truly great pub. Good ale, nice atmos and hidden away so my missus can never find me!
bigjohnliverpool - 24 Oct 2006 13:00
think someone should put a photo up, especially after featuring as a CAMRA heritage pub.
ahardy66 - 29 May 2006 10:56
Another one of Liverpool's splendid traditional pubs - a bit out of town, but seek it out and go there !
JohnBonser - 20 Dec 2005 14:44
Yep, a lovely snug little hideaway, away from the City Centre. Me and a mate had a decent Abbots and a Cains, very helpful landlady. Is a good beer guide mainstay so you can`t go far wrong.
darloexile - 20 Nov 2005 12:30
'Bric a Brac Oscar to Peter Kavanaghs'!!...which stands on a side street near the Anglican Cathedral(in an area of Liverpool with some impressively solid housing).
They do give you a curious little look if you`re not a local in the pub,but its well worth a look,though the beer has been of a varied standard when I`ve called
EdgarBriggsMI5 - 29 Aug 2005 18:20
Tucked away down a side-street can be found possibly the quirkiest pub in Liverpool. Full of eccentric characters and a maze of rooms and snugs, you will not be bored in this pub. Every inch of wall space is filled with photos, posters and signs, the ceiling is adorned with a whole variety of objects, everything from old radios to saucepans!
A very friendly place and A MUST for anyone visiting Liverpool.
Scousefire - 23 Mar 2005 21:06
Great local pub. Haven't been able to get there for a few years, I hope the same manager's still there (can't remember her name). Multi-roomed pub, the best of which is the wood-panelled front room. The snug is non-smoking. The whole place is packed full of strange objects, mostly hanging from the ceiling. Apparently 3 ghosts knocking about the place, but some of the regulars are stranger.

A choice of beers and guests. Quiz night on Thursdays.
palmwinedrinkard - 11 Jun 2004 15:10

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