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user reviews of the Lion Tavern, Liverpool

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The Red Star Pride of the Lion I had here was by far best pint of the day. Still a classic on the must visit list for those who like decent traditional pubs.l
Snarling_Mallard - 25 Dec 2019 00:02
Had a decent pint of Formby Lion Pale on this visit. Still going strong and still under threat.
Snarling_Mallard - 26 Apr 2019 12:52
First visit since the Heineken bust-up on Sunday lunchtime with a fellow Proper Pub lover from Stafford.

Only us, joined later by a younger bloke, but the Landlord was tremendously chatty, even if he is a Liverpool fan (!). Last time here on Friday night it was rammed; that's the best time to come.

The pub itself is gorgeous, one of the UK's very best. Six or so beers seemed ambitious, and Otter & Golden Glow were OK rather than outstanding, but I'd still say this is an essential visit in Pool.
mtaylor40 - 18 Feb 2019 23:20
It's another of those pubs perenially under threat from redevelopment or modernisation. Always found it good for getting served and quality of ale. Those Formby brews seem to be growing and multiplying. Still have a hawkshead ale on but have gone off them.
Snarling_Mallard - 26 May 2018 15:40
I hadn't been to the Lion for a few months. So I thought I'd pay it a visit whilst in Liverpool on Saturday. The bar was much busier than I'd seen it of late and despite being the only person waiting, I struggled to get the attention of the barmaid. This seems to be an age-old problem in here and I've heard others mentioning it. On the positive side, the ale range is back up to normal. Red Star Lion Pale Ale Formby Blonde were supplemented by Rock The Boat Bootle Bull & Mussel Wreck, Dartmoor Best, Oakham Citra, Rat White Rat & Big Bog Bog Standard Bitter. Unfortunately there was no real cider. 2 boxes of Rosie's Pig hidden beneath the bar were both empty. I always want this pub to match the promise of its interior. But it never quite delivers.
blue_scrumpy - 12 Feb 2018 20:34
Currently closed and clad in scaffolding whilst undergoing a £300k refurbishment which has been needed for years. Due to reopen in March. Best wishes to all concerned.
wirraldrinker - 17 Feb 2017 11:30
Quite an interesting interior to this place when I came in. The bar area looked a bit like something from the bar scene from the film 'Legend'. There's a reasonable bit of seating around the bar and some extra seating away the bar. There is a refurbishment starting in February (and potentially some cheap beer down there this weekend). On the bar they had Adnams Ghostship, Broadside, Everands Tiger, Robinsons Dizzy Blonde, Rudgate Ruby Mild, Youngster bitter, Moorhouse Pride of Pendle, Castle Rock Harvest Pale, they also had Yankee Rooster on keg. I went for Rudgate Ruby Mild at 3.25 and it was a decent beer. It was absolutely dead in here except for one other customer and a reasonably friendly barmaid, I probably came in at a bad time but I would say this place is worth a visit to have a look around.
Wezzielad - 27 Jan 2017 20:18
I just had time for a quick one here before catching a train from the nearby Moorfields station. The Lion is back open again. I didn't recognise the people behind the bar. So I'm not sure if they're new owners or not. The ale selection didn't seem quite as good - Conwy Welsh Pride, JW Lees MPA, Robinsons Wizard, Adnams Broadside, Moorhouses Pride of Pendle & Youngs Bitter. The cider was Rosie's Pig. But if they're trying to build trade back up again, the more limited range than normal is understandable. This is still a good pub even by Liverpool pubs' standards and of course it's always worth coming to see the fantastic interior alone. For the first time ever, I managed to get a seat in the bar.
blue_scrumpy - 21 Nov 2016 17:02
wirraldrinker - 15 Jun 2016 14:44
A few years since I visited. Ale condition and choice still good.
From the outside the place is looking a bit unkempt. The window frames in particular are perishing. I hope funds can be found to restore the place to its former glory.
wirraldrinker - 15 May 2016 19:12
Hawkshead seems to be a resident bitter here - was a decent pint of it on this visit.
anonymous - 3 Apr 2016 09:10
Splendid example of a multi roomed city centre pub.8 ales including George Wight and Youngs. Decorated in an Edwardstone style with amazing tiles and stained glass.DDefinitely incude in any visit.
TappedAleChick - 8 Mar 2015 09:52
New owners (same guys who have The Cross Keys nearby), still an architectural masterpiece inside, condition of the beers is reasonable as is the range. I have read comments from people finding it difficult to get served, if you are using the lounge side its difficult to get noticed without poking your head through one of the windows - which is your best bet to get served.
McLovin - 30 Sep 2014 13:01
I used to like the Lion. But it has gone down in my estimation of late. I paid it a visit a few months back and like the previous reviewer was ignored for almost 10 minutes, as others got served straight away. I eventually gave up and head to the Vernon. In fairness, it was busy. But the lack of awareness of people standing at the bar waiting was shocking. The one barman appeared to be gazing into thin air, daydreaming. It was difficult to attract anybody's attention as the football was on and it was fairly noisy. I've been looking forward to going back again since. We did return yesterday and got served straight away. So hopefully the service issues are a one off. It would be a shame if this pub was going downhill, as it's one of Liverpool's architectural gems. Ales yesterday were George Wright The Lion Returns, Youngs Bitter, Lees MPA, Copper Dragon Golden Pippin, Sharps Doom Bar, Purple Moose Snowdonia Ale, Allgates All Black & Adnams Bitter. The 2 ciders were Old Rosie & Rosie's Pig. Reducing my rating from 8/10 to 5/10 due to the service issues.
blue_scrumpy - 22 Sep 2014 21:55
I must most humbly apologise to SPortAl3 for the misunderstanding the other week. I was totally unaware thatt his was his first time in a pub and that he is obviously not fully cognescent of how one operates. We sell beer, wines and spirits to our customers. Unfortunately due to the current economic climate we are forced to pay for these when they are delivered to the pub, which brings us nicely to the day in question. What you actually saw was a large delivery of wines and spirits arriving in the pub. In another era we might have been able to leave these lying on the bar and trust that nobody would purloin them.Alas times have changed and so, as to avoid any unpleasantness, we have to store these in the cellar. This is what yhe younger barman,unfortunately not myself, was doing. Contrary to what you thought that you saw I was paying the delivery man for the aforementioned wines and spirits, I say that I was paying, but in fact I was interupted by somebody who had walked into the pub whilst my back was turned and seemed to think that my lack of 360 degree vision meant that I was ignoring him. When I turned to serve you you seemed a wee bit agitated and overly excited and made a couple of wildly inaccurate remarks about myself and the rest of the staff, at that point it was suggested that would be far happier drinking in other pubs. Now that we have cleared up this misundestanding please feel free to call again.
DNADAVE - 2 Jul 2014 14:32
My advice to punters is to steer clear of the Lion Tavern.

At 3pm yesterday the bar was mostly empty.
I went to the other side to order a pint. A young man was putting away old bottles, so I waited. An older man, the land lord I presume, was emptying a box containing bottles of whisky, so I waited for him. Neither of them gave me any eye contact, and I noticed they did serve someone else before going back to their 'work'.
I eventually said "Excuse me, any chance of being served" (though not quite as emotionally collected as I wished). Noticing that I had offended him, I said "I feel like I'm being ignored". Instead of apologising, he told me to go somewhere else.
I was disgusted.
SPortAl_3 - 8 Jun 2014 14:18
Have been a regular here for the past year or so on my visits to Liverpool.
Very well kept beer and always an interesting selection, staff are helpful and locals are friendly which creates a warm atmosphere to compliment the fantastic antique feel of this great little Edwardian alehouse.
Kaal_B - 28 Jan 2014 03:32
A classic little pub with some fine fittings and a large range of ales. A couple of minutes walk from Mooorfields station and right opposite the old Liverpool Exchange station. Friendly staff and they even provided free sarnies! Always worth a visit to admire the architecture and enjoy the ambience and beers.
mcroyal - 5 Mar 2013 14:28
Remember to show your CAMRA card for a 10p discount a pint
happytyskie - 4 Mar 2013 20:06
I hadn't been to the Lion for a while. So I strayed here for a swift one between Rigbys and the Ship & Mitre on Saturday. The pub was busy with people watching the football. But service was quick and the beers and the pub itself were just as good as ever. Available on Saturday was Pennine Real Blonde, Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Wharfebank Celtic Red, Copper Dragon Golden Pippin, Rat Cheating Rat, Ossett Silver King, George Wright Lion Returns & Beartown Bearly Literate. Ciders were Westons Old Rosie & Traditional Scrumpy. Always worth the detour off Dale Street.
blue_scrumpy - 4 Mar 2013 18:45
Excellent pub, first class range of ales and cider, plus all the usual lagers etc. Friendly and efficient staff. Beautiful old building. Had planned to do a pub crawl of the area and ended up staying here hours. Had sky sports on as well, know this isn't everyone's cup of tea, but was a bonus for us football fans.
Beer_in_the_morning - 31 Dec 2012 10:50
A great old fashioned corner pub with some original features including tiling. A pleasant and helpful barmaid who knew about the beers and offered samples before buying.Selection of about 6 ales including their own Lion beer.A definite pub to visit. The pork pies are very good too.
covman45 - 28 Oct 2012 12:19
One of Liverpools best pubs, and thanks for the free sandwiches before closingtime! :)
That`s friendly staff!!
NorwegianFlyer - 17 Jan 2012 18:45
I think that Grizzlygus must have an agenda here.

The Lion Tavern is one of the best bars in the UK. I travel to Liverpool frequently from Ireland. Most recently I had my 30th birthday party there with The Lion as the venue. Sean, the owner (I think) laid on the food (which was fantastic - home made pork pies, sandwiches etc.) at a very reasonable price. The bar is spotlessly clean. There's a superb selection of tunes on the jukebox. The staff work hard in there and, speaking as an ex-barman, customers enjoy a bit of craic with the bartender while getting served.

The beer is well kept in there. The Lion is well recognised by CAMRA.

I'll be back in Liverpool on the 4th December and my first port of call (after I throw my bag into the hotel room) will be The Lion Tavern.

StoutAndAle - 21 Nov 2011 10:24
I do not wish to call anybody a bare- faced liar but the last comment is totally without foundation, I was one of the aforementioned staff probably the one who was serving'His mates'. None of my mates were in there are Friday so if you mean that I was talking to customers whilst I was serving them then Mea Culpa. I do not see that there is a problem with somebody collecting glasses nor with anybody fixing a fault on the till. Nor do I remember anbody waiting '15 minutes' to be served. If you had of done I am pretty damn sure you would have made me aware of it. Incidentally I have just viewed some of your previous posts and you have done a hatchet on every pub apart from the Ship & Mitre -do I detetct an aganda here?
DNADAVE - 31 Oct 2011 13:55
Went into this hole last Friday. Three staff on, one playing with the till. One collection glasses, One serving, (His Mates) !!! The pub was full and the service was appauling. I am sick and tired of these lazy pubs that think we are going to waste 15 minutes of our Friday evening because they wont pay �6 an hour for extra staff. Anyway, we walked out. (This is the 3rd time we have done this), never again.
grizzlygus - 30 Oct 2011 15:20
Still a classic pub and the pint of Osset Excelsior went down very nicely.
Eight ales on although none of them were local and two from Manc!.
anonymous - 30 Sep 2011 10:25
The 3rd Lion Tavern Quality Not Quantity Beer Festival

Lion Tavern Beer Festival Commences 26/09/2011

Rudgate Brewery Ruby Mild 4.4%

Local Ale
George Wrights Roman Black Beer 4.8%
Blonde Moment 4.0%
Peerless Hilbre Gold 4.5%
Triple Blonde 4.1%
Liverpool Craft Brewery Viking 4.2%
Liverpool Organic Brewery Higsons Bitter 4.1%

Ales �up to 4.0%
Brains Legend Ale 4.0%
Harviestoun Wild Hop I.P.A. 3.9%
Milestone Hoptimism 3.6%
Ossett Lion Brew 3.9%
Pale Gold 3.8%
ST Austell Tinners 3.7%

Ales � 4.1-4.5 %
Castle Rock Preservation Fine Ale 4.4%
Exmoor Wild Cat 4.4%
Hadrian & Border Reiver I.P.A. 4.4%
Holdens Golden Glow 4.4%
Northumberland Original Northumberland Ale 4.3%
Oakham Citra 4.3%
Poachers Black Crow Stout 4.5%
Salamander Golden Salamander 4.2%
York Scrum Down 4.3%

Ales � 4.6-4.9%
Batemans Salem Porter 4.7%
Black Dog Rhatas 4.6%
Dark Star American Pale Ale 4.7%
Elgoods Indian Summer 4.8%
North Yorkshire Fools Gold 4.6%

Ales � 5.0% and over
Osset Excelsior 5.2%
Sharps Special 5.0%

Jollydale Dry Still 6.3%
Westons Scrumpy 6.0%
Organic (btl) 6.5 %

DNADAVE - 23 Sep 2011 09:11
Still a small but fine Liverpool pub. The ale range is bettered elsewhere, but is still rather good. But the interior is just as good a reason to visit here. On yesterday were Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Beartown IPA, Jennings Cumberland Ale, Spitting Feathers Basket Case, Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted, Westgate Sun Dance, Brains Reverend James and Youngs Bitter. Ciders were Addlestones and Westons Traditional Scrumpy.
blue_scrumpy - 21 Aug 2011 12:07
The 2nd Lion Tavern Beer Festival begins on 31st March 2011. Among the beers available are:

Bowlands Bowlands Dragon 4.2
Conwy Honey Fayre 4.5
Ilkley Lotus I.P.A. 5.6
Jarrow Red Elln 4.4
Millstone Vale Mill 3.9
Shardlow Narrow Boat 4.3
Southport Goldensands 4.0
Wolf Wolf in Sheeps Clothing 3.7
Batemans Dark Mild 3.0
Belvoir Star Bitter 3.9
Bradfields Farmers Stout 4.5
Howard Town Dinting Arches 4.4
Kelham Island Pale Rider 4.3
Nethergate I.P.A. 3.5
Osset Excelsior 5.2
Phoenix Double Gold 5.0
Wold Top Wold Gold 4.8
York Guzzler 3.6
Big Lamp Prince Bishop Ale 4.8
Celt Experience Golden 4.2

DNADAVE - 21 Mar 2011 15:50
Always a nice touch when the manager of a popular pub is secure enough in his establishment's reputation to care enough about the industry & it's punters to recommend other ale houses he thinks you might like. His advice was an integral factor in making my visit to the excellent city of Liverpool so rewarding. The Lion damn near gets all ten points for being everything I look for in a city centre boozer; that is a civilised, relaxed but not at all stuffy or precious, with an extremely welcoming vibe and needless to say a great and manageable choice of beers. It's traditional feel was a delight and it only stumbles slightly at the final hurdle by not having a locally brewed ale for my visit. But the time I ordered my third or fourth Copper Dragon I was gleefully beyond caring. A roaring success ... sorry about that.
ILooklikeme - 31 Jan 2011 11:49
Sean and Michael have taken over the pub since my comments January 2010. Thankfully they've changed little, but the beer selection is now as adventurous as most freehouses (it's Punch owned), while the decor and atmosphere is a delight. Quiet weekend afternoons (except whem CAMRA coach groups arrive), mix of quick drink after work and locals (some travelling a long way to be here!) weekday evenings. Footy on TV a new addition.
paul_ove_walldner - 18 Jan 2011 13:48
Had a pork pie and a pint of Copper Dragon 'Golden Pippin' here today. Both excellent.
7 other ales and two ciders available.
Pretty empty apart from a few Everton supporters who apparently meet here before each home game.
The only disappointment was that they don't serve the cheese selection on a Saturday.
wirraldrinker - 11 Dec 2010 14:46
Had the Grave Diggers Mild and the Crop Ciorcle from that list below both on excellent form in an excellent pub.
anonymous - 27 Sep 2010 20:42
Carlsberg thankfully don't do beer festivals but the Lion Tavern does. It starts tomorrow for as long as the beer lasts. Don't missit.


Church End Gravedigger�s Mild 3..8
Grainstor Rutland Mild 3.4

Local Ale

Southport Golden Sands 4.0
George Wrights Cheeky Pheasant 4.7
Spitting Feathers TBA x 2


Westons Scrumpy 6.0
Raspberry Twist 4.0

Ales - below 4.0%

Ilkley Mary Jane 3.5 L
Snowdonian Purple Moose 3.6 L
Yates Best Bitter 3.7 A
Hophead Dark Star 3.8 L
Wadsworth Henrys IPA 3.6 A

Ales � 4.1-4.5 %

Hop Back Crop Circle 4.2 L
Ossett Silver King 4.3 L
Phoenix Pale Moonlight 4.2 L
Caledonian Autumn Red 4.4 A
Saltaire Harvest Moon Ale 4.2 L
Adnams Kolner 4.2 L
Coach House Dick Turpin 4.2 A
Battledown Natural Selection 4.2
Hawkshead Lakeland Gold 4.4 L
Lakeland Red 4.2 A

Ales � 4.6-5.0%

Bushy�s Old Bushy Tail 4.5 A
Orkney Dark Island 4.6 D
RCH Old Slug Porter 4.5 D
St Austell Proper Job IPA 4.5 A

Ales � 5.0% and over

Bridestone American Pale Ale 5.0 L
Highland Orkney Blast 6.0 D

DNADAVE - 21 Sep 2010 08:42





I was very impressed on my last visit as they had Bath Ales Barnstormer, one of favourites from when I lived in Bath.

And they always have at least one LocAle from Southport, Liverpool Organic etc.

Keep up the good work ;)
mattbeer - 12 Sep 2010 11:24
Had a good pint of Timothy Taylor Landlord here last night. They had about 5 other guest ales on but I was too busy sweating and wanting to go and sit down after this strange humid weather we've had here in Liverpool!

This is my 4th visit here in the past couple of months and I'd like to come here more often, only I don't often venture up here that often even though I frequent the other fine pubs on Dale Street a couple of hundred metres away!
mattbeer - 27 Jul 2010 00:32
Have been a couple of times recently, new owners haven't changed anything, beer still in fine fettle and excellent pies. The only problem that I have is some of the younger staff seem to congregate by the till playing with their mobile phones and talking amongst themselves as opposed to serving. Apart from that still one of Liverpool's finest.
henrythe8 - 22 May 2010 10:26
Hi, Sean and I took over this pub on 26th March 2010 and intend to maintain the high standards traditionally expected of it and improve wherever possible. Before we took over the landlord did run stocks down and ran out quite often, we do our best not to run out. We have 3 guest ales and four resident Real Ales all the time. Call in it will be good to see you.
mbatbb - 22 Apr 2010 14:44
Came in on the way back from Tranmere but despite the bank of handpumps only Bombardier was on. Hopefully a temporary abberation.
GuideDogSaint - 7 Mar 2010 20:23
Not noticed the Gent's smell in the pub, and �2.70 is similar to other good pubs in Liverpool (you can get cheaper if you want to drink rubbish in a dump or a Weatherspoon's barn with their legendary atmosphere), so disagree with Grizzlygus completely. 7 hand pump beers and a draught cider, great Scotch range (fancy a 50-year old?), a tourist attraction for its interior (CAMRA historic pubs guide cover star). Busy 5-7 on Friday with office drinkers, and Friday and Saturdays with pre-club drinkers (opposite Moorfields Station), occupation levels vary wildly at other times. 6 inch pok pies a meal in themselves, Dylan society, book clubs, board games club (personal interest declaration) all meet here. My local, and there's plenty of competition in the area.
paul_ove_walldner - 29 Jan 2010 14:14
Another ornate pub though on a smaller more sociable scale. Hawkshead Bitter was nice and quaffable to start the day with.
anonymous - 30 Oct 2009 12:45
Saturday was my second visit here. The ale selection was ok- Spitting Feathers Thirst Quencher, Beartown Bearskinful, Adnams Bitter, Youngs Original and Deuchars IPA. Meantime LPA and Lees Bitter were pulled through while we were there. Cider was Westons Traditional Scrumpy and Addlestones. The interior of this place is very nice, with plenty of tiling and a nice ceiling in the back room. The separate drinking areas are all very pleasant. Definitely needs to be part of any Liverpool real ale crawl.
blue_scrumpy - 19 Oct 2009 17:49
Still not impressed with the range of beers they sell.
mattbeer - 27 Sep 2009 13:24
Great place to go about 10 minutes walk from the Lime Street / Queens Square Bus Station. Impressive architecture (probably on a smaller scale than the Philarmonic). Gets busy but well worth going to.
Scousefire - 7 Jun 2009 14:33
Since the smoking ban, you can smell the gents lav all over the pub. Also the beer costs too much.
grizzlygus - 23 Feb 2009 15:37
What a great pub, with an excellent selection of ales. Split up in to several small rooms it has a good atmosphere. Can get busy at times. A great selection og Whisky with the owner being very knowledgeable about them. There is a whisky club you can join.

A must for visitors to Liverpool just out of the shopping area to be found in the business area, only 5 mins walk out from shops
Beer_and_Cheer - 17 Feb 2009 16:44
I worked near this pub for 30 years and used to go in there frequently.
I went in again recently on a Friday lunchtime to re-acquaint myself with the cheeses and great ale. I was not disappointed.
This pub must go through a huge number of different ales on an annual basis.
Go there if you are visiting Liverpool city centre but it can get busy at lunchtime.

wirraldrinker - 10 Feb 2009 22:18
One of Liverpool�s unmissable architectural gems, part of a small oasis of victorian buildings among the grim modern blocks of Tithebarn street, the other parts being the old Exchange station opposite and the Railway pub next door. Loads has been written about the wonderful tiles and etched glass in previous reviews and it�s worth a visit just to see them. Always has a wide range, usually about 6, of cask beers mainly but not exclusively from regional breweries, Lees Bitter seems to be the mainstay and the beers are usually of session strength (3% - 4.5%) . The beer is never less than very good if a little too cold, damn those Cask Marque people. The Thwaites Nutty Black as a guest was excellent, perhaps a welcome return to form for a brewery that lost its way a bit over the last 20 years. Also renowned for its great range of malt whiskys including the Japanese versions! Mixed clientele of regulars, casual drinkers and occasionally groups of prats from the local offices. Popular quiz on Tuesdays.

anonymous - 6 Feb 2009 11:39
Fine old street corner local. 3 rooms with some excellent tiling and snob screens etc. Has a decent range of beers but not that inventive. Having said that the pint I had was in great condition. Close to the impressive artwork of a revolving section of the old Yates's building facing Moorfields Station. Have a look at the artwork and then pop in here to contemplate.
ROBCamra - 15 Jan 2009 15:27
Ornate but soleless place, very disapointing, no atmosphere and pedestrian choice of ale.
acrylic - 15 Dec 2008 20:36
For some reason this was my fisrt visit to the Lion. Had drifted over to the railway as I new it had been reopened after a revamp but sadly all ales were off.
Popped next store and was delighted with what I found. Lovely interior, nicely kept ales and pork pies.
marky_mark1970 - 1 Dec 2008 12:36
A beautiful Victorian pub with plenty of tiling, glass and other thrilling things. Lots of beer on offer -maybe more than usual because I went in the 'pub passport' period when there are generally more beers on in pubs. The 3 beers we tried were in v good condition. Lots of whiskies too. Friendly and knowledgeable barman. Faultless.
chick - 17 Sep 2008 12:35
Nice pub but very small range of real ales.
mattbeer - 1 Sep 2008 14:51
Nothing but praise for this establishment. I instantly felt at home in this place with its fabulous ornate decor & relaxed friendly atmosphere. There is a good selection of beers & although we didn't eat there, the pork pies looked very tempting. The landlord John came over & had a chat with us when we made an enquiry about a forthcoming whisky tasting night (possibly the biggest range of whiskys I have ever seen). This pub is an absolute gem & I've no doubt that it will become a regular watering hole. Highly recommended.
happytyskie - 3 Aug 2008 11:05
The Gents has a screen to stop splashback from the urinal. This gives me as much pleasure as the ornate glass dome.
palmwinedrinkard - 10 Jun 2008 12:57
Beautiful old pub, worth a visit just to see the interior and always seems to have a decent pint available. A must visit for us each time we visit Liverpool and really handy for Moorfields station. Excellent.
imdownthepub - 2 Jun 2008 18:24
Oops,it would seem that I have hit a raw nerve with Wirral-Realalian. Yes, I do work there, it's hardly a state secret. No has complained to myself or any other staff memeber about the temperature of our beers, if they were to do so we would do our utmost to rectify any short-fallings there and then, rather that wait for anonymity of web-page to make sweeping generalisations.
DNADAVE - 19 May 2008 13:49
As a passing punter had a lovely pint of Endeavour that I still rave on about. Only downside, the tall table in the front bar was wobbly and I spilled about 15ml - gutted!

Hope to visit again.
Boongie - 18 May 2008 23:40
With reference to 'DNADave' comment. I presume he is the Landlord or employee to be able to know when Casque Mark visited and to say 'we' when refering to the pub. If so why not say so, to enable readers to form an unbiased opinion. I am aware that many people are finding beer 'chilled' recently and hoped that you would have prefered to hear everyones views. The views of all those 'experts' that are customers and choose where to drink.
Wirral_RealAlians - 15 May 2008 01:34
One of Liverpool's finest oubs, excellent beers, excellent staff, eccentric boss. May I humbly point out to Wirral-alian that we had a visit from Casque Mark in the same week that they visited and guess what? Our cellar temperatures were absolutley spot on. Please leave it to the experts!
DNADAVE - 14 May 2008 12:17
Fantastic interior and good range of beers. Definately a must when in Liverpool!
bensonby - 13 May 2008 17:54
Another fine traditional Liverpool City Centre pub, close to Moorfields station.

Note the splendidly ornate glass dome and the tiled bar and the unusual bar layout. This pub is pictured on the cover of the CAMRA National Inventory of Unspoilt Interiors guide.

I enjoyed a good pint of Hawkshead IPA recently which I tried in preference to either Banks, Youngs and several others which I forgot to note down.

This pub serves baguettes and cheease toasties at lunch time, also Southport potted shrimps.

If walking to the pub from Moorfields, do notice the unusual revolving windows in the building virtually opposite the station - its " modern art" apparently as one of the unimpressed locals confided in me.

You should try and do this pub if at all possible when in Liverpool.

JohnBonser - 17 Apr 2008 17:37
This is a marvellous place, well worth seeking out. The beer was on top form, and the pork pies are unbelievably good.
mhanley - 16 Apr 2008 11:35
Revisited recently. Still love the pub but disappointingly found the cask marque beers a bit over chilled. I do hope it's not a permanent thing.
Wirral_RealAlians - 10 Apr 2008 22:53
Great pub. Large bar fills about half of the room as it also serves through the Victorian wood and cut glass screen into the corridor and 2 rooms behind. Similar in layout to The Stork in Birkenhead. Good selection of real ales, usually well kept, speciality lagers and malts. Serves food but remains a good old traditional pub. Didn't try the food but might be tempted by one of their cheeses. Even on Monday night there is a pleasant buzz.
Wirral_RealAlians - 20 Mar 2008 00:26
Stunning interior and bery friendly staff. Decent range of beers on that are always well-kept. A little of the beaten track as well so it doesn't get too crowded. the only downside is that due to the impressive size and scope of the bar, standing in a group of more than about 4 can be bit of a pain.
anfieldjet - 26 Nov 2007 14:45
What a lovely pub for friendliness, beer choice and quality, and decor. It is so easy just to stay in the front bar, but the back has to be seen. There are serving hatches through the fantastic glass that forms the back of the bar, and a large dome in one of the back rooms too. The large pork pies went down well with the beer.
gillhalfpint - 6 Nov 2007 12:13
This place is a real gem! The Victorian interior is stunning and the range of beers on offer is great. They also have home made cheeses!
GaryReggae - 12 Sep 2007 12:34
Probably my favourite pub now, great food and an ideal place to go for a pint or few of Deuchars, friendly regulars from different backgrounds and great staff
tonygreen07 - 27 May 2007 15:30
Wonderful interior, superbly preserved. Hugely helpful and welcoming staff. Excellent beer, chatty , friendly atmosphere, everything a proper pub should be.
Gristy - 15 Jan 2007 09:45
Very good. Splendid interior, with ale and food to match.
wobblybob - 27 Dec 2006 03:31
This is a class pub, ornate and a really impressive interior. Good beer and decent food, i`d say it is definately in the top 5 pubs in our city!
Scousefire - 16 Oct 2006 22:28
Consistently goof beers here. The Yates' and Black Sheep were in excellent form last night - oh and the jackpot is up to �70 now!
in4 - 11 Oct 2006 10:17
Raise your glass to The Lion. A great pint of Youngs is to be had here and the 'lady behind the bar' in no way resembles the legendary Annie Walker! Well worth a visit
in4 - 1 Jun 2006 16:48
a pub to be cherished - and i though i was the only one to spot annie walker. eclectic and erractic. a jewell.
fivebaby - 5 Nov 2005 11:02
Fantastic interior with bar and sitting rooms on the back side of the bar. Reasonable ale selection. Supervising landlady? who looked a spit for Annie walker from Coronation Street (for all you aged persons) All good so far but a couple of reservations:-
bit scruffy and very smoky. Worth a visit though.
Joe_Cundy - 30 Oct 2005 09:44
It's a couple of years since I was there, but SJC's description is spot on. As I recall, the landlord had a particular interest in local history.
joegreen - 26 Oct 2005 13:13
Decent selection of beers, and an superb interior. Perfect environment for a quietish pint.
SJC - 13 Sep 2005 21:22
excent real ale pub on camra's historic pubs list.
great for cheese board
6 hand pumps.

johnhou26 - 10 Feb 2005 18:44

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