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user reviews of the Baltic Fleet, Liverpool

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The Baltic is still a fairly reliable place for a visit. It was very busy on our Saturday afternoon visit, with both bars full. Ales were Red Star Denley Moor (went off before I could try it), Robinson's Trooper Day Of The Dead, Big Bog Hinky Punk, Melwood Franklin's Tower, Brimstage Trapper's Hat & Parker Barbarian Bitter. The cider was Rosie's Pig.
blue_scrumpy - 21 Oct 2019 19:30
The ale was okay on this visit but the interior sadly lacks the character it once possessed - a place that looks far better from the outside than it does on the inside.
Snarling_Mallard - 26 Apr 2019 12:41
Very hipster and gentrified now; has certainly changed down the years!
Pretty quiet/not much life to it on a Saturday afternoon.
Couldn't fault the beer quality though which was tip top.
mike_s - 9 Aug 2018 15:59
In any other city, the Fleet would stand out as an outstanding pub. in Liverpool, I'm afraid it doesn't. too far off the beaten track, too many other pubs in the centre on crawl circuits with more atmosphere and equally good ale.
JonNgog - 11 Mar 2018 21:07
I always enjoy a visit to the Baltic Fleet. But sadly I don''t get here as often as I''d like, as it''s a bit too far from the centre to build into a decent crawl. This was my first visit since February. I know that as I recognise the Six Nations ales that WezzieLad mentions below. Whilst the Wapping brewery has now gone, the ale selection is still decent. Ales were Melwood Derby Stout, Big Bog Quagmire, Liverpool Organic 24 Carat Gold, Neptune Sea Monkeys, Spitting Feathers Session Ale, Robinson''s Dizzy Blonde, Rock The Boat Fab Four & Phoenix West Coast Magic. The solitary cider was Malvern Magic. One of my Liverpool favourites and all the better for not having a TV, especially if you want a quiet drink when there is football showing.
blue_scrumpy - 11 Sep 2017 20:40
Well worth the walk from the city centre. 6 or 7 ales and a cider on yesterday. I had Equinox IPA, a lovely citrus ale.
wirraldrinker - 10 Jun 2017 15:48
A survivor from the wholesale developments along the Strand, this is an unusual wedge-shaped Victorian building. It's been a bit hipsterised inside but I won't hold that against them. An excellent Brimstage Sandpiper light, and in mid-afternoon I found a sunny place to enjoy it.
16jamesdoc - 15 Apr 2017 12:56
Very solid pub. On the bar there was at least 8 handpumps on, many of them themed around the 6 nations- Rose Cross (Scottish '80 shilling' style, brewed in the pub) Scrum dragon ( Welsh bitter style, by Facers brewery), Grand Slam (English style IPA by Liverpool Organic brewery, hopefully they don't jinx it!), Forza (Italian style, by Heavy Industry brewery), Undercurrant (an Irish Style stout from Neptune brewery), the other beer was a dark mild from Phoenix, and I believe the other hand pump was a Cider. It was a nice touch and could really get someone into the rugby. The irony of all of this was that the room we sat in (where the bar was) didn't seem to have a TV (from what I saw at least) to actually watch the games. The bar men were quite friendly and seemed quite passionate about their ale and the people in the pub were also quite friendly. I tried two of the beers- The Scottish style and the English style and both were solid but I preferred the English style. A pint of each with a half pint of one of the wheat beers on tap came to 5.40. Overall a pleasant pub and worth the walk out to.
Wezzielad - 11 Feb 2017 20:03
A short walk from the city centre but that didn't seem to be deterring anyone on my visit last September. The place was pretty busy early Saturday evening. Good selection of ales, and was tempted to stay for two, but had other places to try Would definitely visit again.
RealAleRobUK - 27 Jan 2017 14:48
This pub has improved further since my last visit a year ago. Got the impresion it's going to get even better. Great pint.
hartlepool - 22 Jan 2017 16:23
final pub of our day in Liverpool.

Wonderful location, beautiful building and the monthly sea shanty singalong added to the experience.

Best pint of the night - perfect Brimstage Brewery Trappers Hat.

Loved this and the City.

Photos at my blog -
Mappiman - 5 Sep 2016 12:04
The Baltic Fleet is currently only brewing its Summer Ale on the premises. So that is pretty much a permanent beer. But what is nice now is that the remaining 8 handpulls have guest ales and a couple of ciders. Yesterday's selection was Liverpool Organic Harbour, Brimstage Trappers Hat, Facers Clwyd Gold, Melwood Derby Stout, Big Bog Blonde Bach, Spitting Feathers Thirst Quencher, Malvern Magic Kingston Black & Westons Old Banger. So the selection is now much more varied. My only gripe would be the cost. Two halves of cider now costs £4. But the barman seemed to be quite knowledgeable and a wider range of food now appears to be served - scouse, burgers etc. The pub still feels a bit out on a limb. But it's undoubtedly one of the best 5 or 6 in Liverpool.
blue_scrumpy - 28 Aug 2016 10:26
Really liked this place. Excellent range of ales (some from the pub brewery) at good prices. Interesting flat iron style architecture. Highly recommended.
baxterfish - 4 Aug 2016 20:32
Average in my view. 2 casks available.
alexw - 18 May 2016 08:58
Large wedge shaped pub right by the docks. Reminds me of the flat iron buildings in NY. The front bar on the main road side was being decorated on our visit so all the pump clips were turned round so service can be made from the hatch in the back bar.

6 ales on with 2 of them from the on site Wapping brewery. My pint of 70/ @ 3.7% was excellent.

The back area is painted in neutral colours and has a series of arches in the ceiling and is full of ships mementos' including lots of posters of the Cunard Line.

Food served and it looked decent especially the pies as previously mentioned on here .

Open range fire in the centre of the room, this pub was a good start for a few beers in Liverpool and of course a tick from the 2015 GBG

lezford - 19 Oct 2015 17:50
After a second visit to the Smuggler's Cove in the Albert Dock (not listed on here), we made a return visit to the Baltic. It's possibly been 2 years since we last visited. That was certainly my last review. It's still nice to pay a visit to this pub occasionally. I believe the Wapping brewery was planned to move out at one stage. But it's still alive and kicking. Changes have still occurred though. You now enter from the side street and there is an area of outdoor seating, where people were enjoying spring sunshine yesterday. The main bar area still has a fair amount of seating and there is still the back room too. Only 2 Wapping ales were on - Spring & Summer Ale. But Brimstage Trapper's Hat was on when we arrived and shortly after our arrival, Salopian Aphelion was pulled through. All ales sampled were in good condition. Cider was their own Wapping Malvern Magic and Westons Cider Twist with Raspberry. I'm not sure the Scouse is still served. But they have plenty of pies available at a reasonable price. We quite enjoyed the balti chicken ones. Service was swift and friendly. The upstairs toilets were clean. A pub we should now try to get to more often. But still a trek if you're in the city centre. If you're in the Albert Dock though, you should make the Baltic Fleet your top priority.
blue_scrumpy - 19 Apr 2015 10:47
Enjoyed the Wapping ales, decent boozer, but back room reserved for diners.
pwilkins - 2 Apr 2015 10:44
A proper old fashioned pub, with a open fire log burner, good drink, friendly welcoming staff and a warm atmosphere.

Wrapping Stout 5% chocolate and coffee 10/10

Starts to get busy around 4pm. Serves some good food including scouse (only 4.50!). Glad we went. Would recommend.
TappedAleChick - 7 Mar 2015 05:39
Called in The Baltic 22/11/14. I hadn't been in for a good while, and I think they have made good use of the available space by moving the bar to its new place along the centre wall, and putting in a new door where the bar used to be, at the "blunt" end of the building.
Had a pint of Wapping 80/- followed by Wapping Summer Ale - both excellent.
Good, friendly service.
Speaking as a rail user, it's a bit of a walk across the city centre from Lime Street, but worth it.
On the way back, there's The Bridewell and The Hub so it's not as if it's a long way just for one pub.
quadrantfour - 23 Nov 2014 13:16
A very good Liverpool pub with real "home made" ales and ciders ! Friendly staff and customers.
Jey - 23 Sep 2014 12:39
This is a great pub, excellent well kept real ales. Liverpools only brew pub. I just wish they would clean the toilets up.
Bigjenno - 14 Sep 2014 18:05
Despite "shouldersarms" slating this pub, I was in there in August 2014 and all the beers were in excellent condition.....and I tried them all over a couple of nights. Very basic drinkers pub with a few Cunard posters and photos on the walls and 'Scouse' on the menu, although I didn't try it. Definitely worth a visit.
Oakie - 1 Sep 2014 05:17
I can't fathom the management of the Baltic. The last time we visited, the beer was exceptional but on our last visit the Wapping Bitter was shocking as was the manager's memory when he gave me change for a tenner when I paid with a twenty pound note. From experience these accidents are often an omen of troubled times ahead and a pub that only has the radio on the telly is not maximizing the benefits of modern technology.
shouldersarms - 21 Feb 2014 20:05
We called in at the Baltic the other day and I'm pleased to say it's back to its best. A smashing pint of Wapping bitter, in my opinion the best pint in the world, went down a treat. We called in again just to make sure it hadn't been a fluke and it only got better .
shouldersarms - 24 Oct 2013 15:41
full of scouse, toilets could do with an airing as could the regulars.
chelsea_greg - 22 Sep 2013 17:42
Great pub just over the road from some nice hotels and a conference centre, not far from the dock with it's unfortunately chain pub stylings. Those places all charge high to extortionate prices (nearly a fiver for a bottle of Bombardier at Jurys inn), whilst this place was very reasonable for prices, had a fine selection of beers, and had staff which understood how to pull a pint and be friendly.
saido - 22 Sep 2013 17:21
Looks a lot scruffier than on the photo but having said that a real boozer for real people. People outside smoking is a fact of life nowadays so get used to it. Excellent choice of beers brewed on the site.
ridgewood - 24 Aug 2013 16:56
We recently stayed in the hotel over the road from the Baltic but we never even ventured past the rabble on the doorstep. Says it all doesn't it?
shouldersarms - 2 Jul 2013 16:43
It's been a while since I was last in the Baltic and it seems to have fallen out of favour with my drinking crowd. SInce my last visit, the bar has been moved. I'm sure there's a good reason for this. But I didn't really see any benefit for drinkers. In fact, I think I preferred the old layout. The pub certainly seemed quieter than on previous visits. So maybe it has lost trade. 4 Wapping beers were on - Wapping, Stevedore, Summer Ale & Smoked Porter. Cider was Westons Cider Twist Raspberry. The Baltic Fleet is a fair walk from the city centre and I'm not sure it now warrants the jaunt. Still handy if you're visiting the Albert Dock or the Echo Arena though.
blue_scrumpy - 28 Apr 2013 11:54
Called in here on Friday, beer was ok, service was average and the decor appalling. It could be one of town's great pubs and instead it verges on the mediocre.
DNADAVE - 22 Apr 2013 14:15
Hi - could I possibly comment on the pub and the beer? Thank you. This is a landmark building down opposite Albert Dock but to be honest if it wasn't for the beers I could see many people not bothering with it. The beers are excellent and brewed on site but the pub is a little tired and in need of some TLC (although the back room is better than the main bar). They moved the counter some time ago but never quite finished it! (Bare wood and unstained columns etc). Toilets are upstairs and again all these areas could do with a lick of paint and attention. (No doubt somebody will say that it is this basic feel that makes the place iwhat t is - well fine but I think it could be so much better without being "tarty" or "flash"). It is a beer house which is why I was so amazed to find 2 couples sitting in the corner drinking Fosters lager and some other keg product - they were also were loud and mouthy and did not help my visit. I have been to the Baltic Fleet before and will probably use it again because I like the ale but a little housekeeping please!
mcroyal - 5 Mar 2013 13:58
I am quite perplexed by the tone of the comments on this page, however after a recent visit things begin to fit into place. The barman and clients seem to have changed radically. The place was eery, there was a tangible hatred of anyone whose face was unknown. Most regrettable.
shouldersarms - 18 Dec 2012 09:50
@ILooklikeme Are you trying to be funny there or do you always talk like a know-all cunt?
Dishwad - 17 Dec 2012 12:15
@dishwad. I too have lodged a complaint, as I would for any other objectionable comments I encounter. Furthermore I suspect you are a faker, and not a person of colour as you infer. Your comments come from below the level of dignity that is inherent in the well established and diverse communities that enrich this country. Good bye.
ILooklikeme - 14 Dec 2012 12:58
@mattqueer - Good for you! Glad you're doing something with your time seeing as you're probably not working. I bet you wouldn't report me if I was a white man
Dishwad - 14 Dec 2012 10:27
@Dishwad - I've reported ALL of your comments to be removed, including the rascist comments !
mattbeer - 11 Dec 2012 20:49
Absolutely teaming with Northerners - stay well clear unless you shag your siblings.
Dishwad - 7 Dec 2012 15:22
Visited on 10 November with Mrs M whilst the mighty U's were throwing away another 2 goal lead at Crewe. Had the Wapping Bitter and the Stout, both being good but the latter superb. Not really Mrs M's sort of pub but definitely mine. Just a shame there isn't a more extensive food menu, but that's a minor quibble.
Monkdawallydahonk - 12 Nov 2012 15:23
On arrival I noticed steam pouring forth from a chimney protruding from the trap door. Looking down I noticed the unforgettable face of Stan Shaw, Master Cellarman. He was producing the famous concoction, Wapping Bitter. After passing the time of day and taking a historical photograph, we ensconced ourselves inside and knocked back several pints of his brew. The wife partook of a pint of Raspberry Cider, which she gave a mark of ten out of ten. Very pleasant barman and customers. Will be back on my next visit to Liverpool in December.
shouldersarms - 16 Oct 2012 16:34
First time that I've been here since it was refurbed. The refurb is the worst one since the Pig & Whistle, this was one of Liverpool's great traditional bars but now looks cheap & nasty, the toilets are upstarirs in what looks like a crack-addicts den. Beer was fine, and the staff have improved since last time but the pub itself looks awful. Won't be back in a hurry.
DNADAVE - 13 Aug 2012 13:20
I was delighted to see that The Baltic had it's magnificent Wapping Bitter back. The staff seemed very pleasant and helpful but the place was quiet because the weather was ghastly for June. I hope the weather improves next month or all the tables outside will be empty again.
shouldersarms - 26 Jun 2012 12:37
Great looking pub that gets a good crowd and serves a good selection of interesting beer (which isn't especially common in Liverpool). Let down by the barman who served us who was persistently rude over the few hours we were there. Ignore him though, as we did, and its a grand place.
Sebo - 20 May 2012 14:48
I visited here last week and was suprised to see that they have finally finished transforming the interior of the pub - they've demolished the tiny bar that was at the "stern" of the pub and it now stretches out in front of you the whole length of the pub as you enter by the Wapping door. A new side door also leads out of the "stern" to the terrace on the side street.

The door to the "bows" still leads to the front seating area and the large "starboard" side seating area. It has also had a lick of paint and in general looks a lot better than it used to and the space is utilised more.

Lined up on the bar were 3 Wapping beers - Summer Ale, Stout and 1 other (can't remember) plus 2 from the Titanic Brewery - Last Porter Call and Iceberg. As I had just been to the excellant new Titanic exhibition at Merseyside Maritime Museum I opted for a pint of Last Porter Call to be informed "sorry, we ran out last night and no one turned the clip around"! So instead I opted for a pint of Wapping Stout which at �2.70 a pint was excellant value, plus it's brewed in the pub cellar and is actually one of my favourite stouts.

This pub is well worth the short walk from Liverpool One, the Albert Dock, or wherever else you are in the city centre.

I'm going back tomorrow for round 2. ;-)
mattbeer - 19 Apr 2012 00:52
Quite a tatty place and only one person serving, but the Wapping Stout is good.
jagsfan - 24 Nov 2011 22:17
Was in here again yesterday. Whilst it seemed much quieter than usual, there were still 5 Wapping ales on plus their cider. Service was fine. Beers on were Blonde, Stout, Bitter, Custom House & Summer Ale. Their cider is called Malvern Magic. I was surprised to see it on during the winter. Still a fairly decent boozer.
blue_scrumpy - 20 Nov 2011 11:48
Went to the Baltic the other night for the first time. Must say I was bracing myself considering some of the comments on here.. However I was very impressed. The bar staff were excellent as was the beer quality.

yummybeer - 6 Nov 2011 01:43
I can't agree with the previous couple of reviews - I went to the Baltic last Friday (14/10/11) and it was excellent. The reason they had very little beer ten days before is that the Labour Conference had wiped them out of all stock! When I went, they had six Wapping beers on, including the excellent Summer Ale, service was friendly and the atmosphere fine. Unfortunately couldn't stay too long (too many other pubs to visit) but would definitely go back.
Minty_Peanut - 17 Oct 2011 15:02
It's amazing how a change in the staff at the Baltic has led to a marked deterioration not only in the quality of the service but also in the number of beers on offer. Last week I walked into an almost empty Baltic and was amazed to see that the Wapping Bitter was off. In fact the only thing that seemed to be on was a stout. I looked forlornly at the slovernly-looking, gum-chewing, vacant-eyed barmaid and rapidly withdrew, bewildered. Outside I saw the blackboard informing the public of their great offer of pies and scouse, all very tired and symptomatic of a tired management. What a pity. One of the finest pubs in Liverpool seems to have gone back twenty years.
shouldersarms - 6 Oct 2011 06:55
Once again when a real ale pub in Liverpool gains that 'premier real ale venue' status they seem to think they can forget about service as mugs will just come and use the place regardless. Hapless barmaid took ages to serve and process the card of the bloke in front of me and then served the bloke who came in behind me (looked like a delegate from the labour party - a la Orwell they seem to think they are MORE equal than the rest of us these days). He wanted some unusual bottles to take out which she couldn't find entailing a trip to the cellar. Had I not been in company I would have left by now. The Stokers Mild was okay but nothing brilliant. Think I'll leave this one off the list from now on.
anonymous - 30 Sep 2011 10:33
Went The Baltic the other day, first time again since I came home. (Been working in Denmark). The pub has gone down hill in many ways. No Guinness, No Lager at all on Draught & the food menu has completley vanished. They were serving Scouse from a Bain Marie which resembled brown water, i couldnt finish mine, not like the Scouse i had in here only a couple of months ago. Apparantley the previous management team have moved on & set up another Real Ale pub 5 minutes away. Also I have to say that the older woman behind the bar was very rude, again not like The Old Baltic where the staff were VERY polite. Not Impressed.
ronnie1965 - 30 Apr 2011 15:23
Superb pub, the home-made food here is excellent too, nice ales too which are brewed at the pub, and it's nice to find a pub that sells bottles of Victoria Bitter too
dontbuffmypylon - 25 Apr 2011 13:42
Great place! Wonderful food. Very pleasant bar staff. Wapping bitter is the best in Liverpool. ...... and the bus stops outside. Can't miss the place. You can even visit the brewery downstairs.
shouldersarms - 29 Mar 2011 11:56
I popped in last week for my first ever visit. Both the ales I tried were in similar vein, light and hoppy - good drops both.
The pub was moderately busy and friendly but the thing which let it down for me was that it was a bit cold inside, and a warmer pub would have made me stay for another pint.
Ordinary - 13 Mar 2011 22:54
Popped in the Baltic last week for the first time in a while last Wednesday. I had a wonderful Pint of Summer Ale & a bowl of Scouse which was lovely. I noticed they done a bit of work to the pub by covering up the old toilets to allow more space which worked well as there was an open mic night due to start.
Cant really fault the pub whatsoever, my food & pint was lovely, lovely looking barmaid behind the bar and some nice regulars who are very friendly but also very very talkative!!!
Overall its still one of the Best Pubs in Liverpool in my opinion.
anonymous - 17 Feb 2011 15:19
If the Summer Ale is a reliable indicator than the Wapping product brewed at this stand alone boozer is worth seeking out. It was delightful and refreshing after a walk around the Docks in the stiff Mersey breeze. However I found the pub rather moody for a late Friday afternoon, not helped by keeping most of the lights off as the pub sailed into dusk. Perhaps I caught it at the wrong time. I didn't appreciate the lads effing and blinding in a smug fashion at the bar either. Might try again but only for the beer.
ILooklikeme - 29 Jan 2011 08:12
Called in last Thursday for a superb pint of their session bitter. Second visit in as many weeks. Not sure if the owner is still Simon but I used to work with his other half when I lived in Liverpool.

Still a superb pub, an oasis in an area which is fast becoming a builders paradise.
jaseyb76 - 13 Jan 2011 10:46
There is a sense of irony in drinking Summer Ale in the middle of Winter but what a cracking session beer it is. Especially when compared to the two strong stouts that were also available. It is interesting to read the comments from mattbeer below because I thought the whole pub was in dire need of some refurbishment.
GazzaTheBeerMan - 10 Jan 2011 13:09
Visited here last month with a friend from Bath. We had been up the coast to watch Bath City beat Southport 3-2 in a Conference league game. Can't remember what I had to drink when we came here because it was the last pub we visited after a very lengthy pub crawl!

I do remember that the stairs that once led down to the toilets in the cellar have been removed and the hole in the floor has been covered over creating space for more tables and chairs. However, unless the plans for the refurbishment have changed the bar is going to be relocated along this wall (directly opposite to the entrance door).

I don't know why they don't just close the pub for a couple of weeks and get the work done all at once instead of doing the refurbishment in stages. Or maybe it's because of the cost of the project which they can't really afford due to a lack of customers at times as other people have also noticed!
mattbeer - 25 Dec 2010 12:20
Always make a b-line for this pub and it never dissapoints. Only 3 ales on yesterday and I had the Humulus Lupullus @4% which I believe is brewed on the premises, it was an outstanding pint. Also had a bowl of scouse which though expensive (�6,50) was delicious.
kernott1 - 23 Dec 2010 14:55
Bit of a weird experience, this one. The place had been highly recommended to me and since I was staying at the "poor man's Hilton" next door, I went in on Friday evening and Sunday lunchtime. Both times it was pretty deserted, and had very little atmosphere. The Wapping beer was very tasty (except the Blondie, which I didn't like), but something was missing - people probably. When I went to the Ship & Mitre earlier on Friday, it was packed, so perhaps that's where everybody's gone.
paul154 - 6 Oct 2010 14:31
Yesterday was my first visit here for a few months. Little has changed during this time. Although there were slightly fewer beers than normal - Summer Ale, Golden Ale, Wapping and The Dark 1. A half decent cider was also available - Saxon Ruby Tuesday. The atmosphere was quiet until a group of around 40 BNP or EDL guys walked in and the pub was surrounded by a police presence. Nevertheless, the pub still retains a kind of rustic atmosphere and is a good place to enjoy a pint or two.
blue_scrumpy - 19 Sep 2010 13:09
I was disappointed by the 2 pints I had here after hearing so much about this pub. The food was okay but a bit over priced for what it was. I expected better, maybe this was just an off day. The pub needs a refurb too.
CanalWalker - 8 Aug 2010 21:56
I should also mention that the brick building you can see behind the pub in the photo has been there for several years and complements the Baltic Fleet with it's design; and behind that to the right of the photo can be seen the YHA.

However, you can no longer see the cathedral because they've put up several horrible looking apartment blocks, office blocks and a Hampton by Hilton (poor mans Hilton) behind the pub.

mattbeer - 8 Aug 2010 13:06
Had a nice pint of Liverpool Wit in here last night. It was a strange light coloured fizzy ale (4% abv) although it wasn't a lager. Next to it they had a strawberry flavoured (I think) Liverpool Wit which I might try next time.

Not many people know that there is a small room in the bows of the building at the top of the stairs where the toilets are. It can get very busy downstairs, but this room is always empty and gives nice views out over the Albert Dock, and there are some interesting old pictures on the walls.

The previous poster mentions a refurbishment. Well, if you look above the stairs leading down to the cellar where the toilets used to be there is a diagram of what the proposed re-design of the Baltic Fleet looks like, which includes moving the bar from its current position. I think they started on the refurbishment (by moving the toilets upstairs) but then it ground to a halt. Maybe they are doing it in stages because a few months ago (actually, it could have been last year) there was scaffolding up around the building. By the looks of it some exterior work was done including giving the outside a lick of paint.

mattbeer - 8 Aug 2010 12:58
Distinctive wedge-shaped building with bright red chimneys that can be seen from some distance along Liverpool's main dock-front road. Inside, the bar is rather smaller than you might expect, but there is still room for a proud display of handpumps from the in-house Wapping Beers microbrewey (including delights such as their fine stout at �2.65). With light paintwork, plain furniture and decor limited to a few nautical pictures and prints, it gives the impression of being part-way through a refurbishment (which may well be the case). Would particularly recommend getting a table in the little room at the pointed end if you can.
rpadam - 4 Jul 2010 15:58
Renowned brewpub close to Liverpool's tourist heartland, the Albert Dock, and increasingly surrounded by modern developments.
It's a classic, wedge-shaped building from the outside, and as can be seen from the picture is painted in pleasantly understated 'pubby' colours. Inside, it's not what you'd initially expect, being slightly airy and spartan, although with traditional furnishings. It has many leaflets and psoters and seems to be searching for a vaguely bohemian feel. A bar room and a side room interconnect at both ends so you can walk round the pub in a circle. There is also a downstairs seating area.
The pub now brews its own range of beers and all the handpumps on my visit were given over to them. Tried a couple which were both pretty good and reasonably priced.
This is one of Liverpool's best known pubs for real ale, and it isn't half bad, but it seems slightly lacking in atmosphere compared to the historic gems that can be found around the city, and as such it's definitely recommended but it wouldn't make the Liverpool top 5 for me.
Carlurmston - 19 Jun 2010 11:48
Agree with the post below. Friendly staff, good beer, just a bit run-down inside. Also, we've eaten here twice. First time it was very good. Second time it was disappointing.

Still a good place to visit if you happen to be around the docks and you like ale.
Northern_Ale_Monkey - 19 May 2010 11:27
! agree with all the comments about the beer but the interior decor is very basic and cheap looking, Shame it doesnt match up to the exterior.
covman45 - 21 Apr 2010 19:50
Had an excellent Sunday Roast here......great beer and very friendly.

Will definitely go back next time we visit.7
kentayler - 19 Apr 2010 19:31
Great brew pub. Friendly staff and locals and just a very short walk to the Youth Hostel.
totpotter1 - 8 Apr 2010 17:53
Called in hoping for food as well as a drink of their own ales, but no food on a Monday. Did enjoy their own brewed Summer Ale and Blondie that was a blond wheat beer. Also had a bottle of the Belgian Dubuisson Cuvee des Trolls. Lovely pub.
gillhalfpint - 16 Feb 2010 11:15
Superb. Never less than excellent beers and a great relaxed atmosphere.
EFC1878 - 28 Jan 2010 14:30
I had heard stories of the Baltic Fleet in Liverpool, but came across the pub by accident. Once spotted we made a beeline for it. What a great pub. The beer range was very good, all brewed on the premises. Got a guided tour from the very enthusiastic landlord/brewer. No argument on price for the beer, very fair. The bar food was a little over priced though.
BUFFETBORE - 4 Dec 2009 20:05
First comment after five and a half years patronage.Found this pub completely by chance,on my first weekend away in liverpool.Went in on the 28.11.09,and was greeted by Wapping rum-flavoured stout.Had several pints,then it was gone,so transferred to Blondie,which was also wonderful.What a gem of an establishment;if only there was one in every Town and City.The best pub in Liverpool,and the Country as a whole.
delstefan - 29 Nov 2009 20:50
fantastic pub with absolutely fantastic beers! a true gem set in a festering pile of corporate blandness and pseudo suavity .Top marks to simon karl and the legendary stan
critch - 13 Nov 2009 12:32
Haven't been to the Baltic for a while. I now work over the road from it in the Albert Dock.

So I called in after work on Friday and had a lovely pint of Wapping Stout for �2.50.

The wood-burning stove was fired up, service at the bar was excellant, new toilets on the 1st floor were clean and more welcoming than the old bogs in the basement.

You can't really complain with the price increase because the other real ale pubs in Liverpool, such as the Ship & Mitre, Vernon Arms etc, charge �2.50 for most pints.

mattbeer - 3 Oct 2009 12:47
Was looking forward to visiting the Baltic Fleet and it didn�t disappoint in the beer department. Last stop before heading over to Birkenhead to see Colchester at Tranmere. Had two of the Baltic beers which were excellent and the pub is a lovely old reminder of times past in an ever changing area. Easily the best pub of the crawl despite the Rogan Josh being pretty poor � but it�s the beer that counts. 8/10 Visited 26/9/2009
Monkdawallydahonk - 28 Sep 2009 09:25
Depends what you mean by price increase. Old price for a pint of session beer �2.15, new price �2.50. However if you buy 3 you get the third for half price. 3 pints @ �2.15 = �6.45. 2 pints at �2.50 + 1 at �1.25 = �6.25. No I don't work at the pub, we called in on Sunday again and it was very good and yes I did have 3 pints!
ROBCamra - 23 Sep 2009 16:14
Classic old pub located close to Albert Dock. Home to Wapping micro-brewery and their own beers, along with other micro's guest beers, are available along with a selection of Belgian bottled beers. Their own beers were on top form last weekend when we visited. Food is available until early evening and the dishes we tried were very tasty, good portions, at reasonable prices. There was even a special offer on the beers to get a free pint! A must visit for any real ale lover.
LittleFamilyFish - 28 Jul 2009 13:37
Not keen on the new 'gay' glasses, but no problem on the price increase.The quality of the beer and the range of Belgian beers has been excellent recently.
jesuit - 17 Jul 2009 15:30
Great Pub, it always has been.
Been drinking here for 10 years and i dont have a problem with the price increase, its been too cheap for far too long!
As for the 'new' arena, its been there for over a year so you cant associate that with the price increase.
In there most weekends and the clientelle has certainly changed recently with more young proffesionals using the pub more.
beerhunter1000 - 16 Jul 2009 20:49
Price increase and doing away with oversize glasses in one go!!

Looks like profiteering with the new arena now open !!
dave.edgar - 16 Jul 2009 16:35
Great pub, called in needing a pint after a 4 hour drive up from Dorset. Must be the best pub in Liverpool.
Harveybest - 14 Jul 2009 21:06
This is a great pub - they had a beer festival on when I went so there was a very large range of their own beers at cheap prices. The only brew-pub in the area that I'm aware of.
Jamco - 9 Jul 2009 15:32
The ongoing refurbishment continues. The toilets have been moved upstairs since our last visit, still not fully painted up yet but they are much better than the cellar hole on offer previously. Now opens for breakfast on Saturday & Sunday. All handpumps on the go on Saturday evening, I tried three of the beers and all were excellent if a little similar to each other. Still a top pub.
ROBCamra - 22 Jun 2009 15:09
I should also mention that for months they had scaffolding around the pub to renovate/paint the exterior (well I think that's what the scaffolding was there for!)
mattbeer - 15 Jun 2009 00:10
I agree - it does NOT look tatty! Just well weathered!

Would you rather they refurbished it and turned into a gastro pub? It's a real ale pub for gods sake and they probably spend most of their money on brewing the stuff that you are all drinking instead of on decor!

I like "tat"!
mattbeer - 15 Jun 2009 00:07
my new favourite liverpool pub.
nothing but praise for the beer, the prices, and the staff. decent location too, away from the bustle to some extent for the evenings.
No idea why "oldboots" is so upset at the interior, seems perfectly fine to me..calling it "tat" is just ridiculous. nothing wrong with the room organisation or the location of the bar.
first on my list for next time I'm up.

more power to the baltic!
Dimple_mug - 6 Jun 2009 16:23
Recently set sail on the good ship Baltic, fantastic little boozer full of character almost overlooking the sea, worth the little walk, enjoyed two or three house ales, Baltic Gold being one of them, poured by the most beautiful of barmaids. I'd return if it wasn't an hour away.
ToxtethOGrady - 23 May 2009 01:09
Excellent array of beers, and knowledgeable staff. Unfortunately the place is bit of a fleapit and needs some work doing on it if it is to survive. Its a shame really, because it could be a little gem.
Come on whoever owns it, spend a few bob and reap the rewards
Saleblu - 27 Apr 2009 11:59
If it was wasn't for the excellent beer brewed andn sold here I doubt anyone would ever use this tatty place. It marginally improved after the last redecoration at least the vinegary smell round the bar went and the outside is looking splendid but it is still a dump with little to recommend it other than the beer quality. Service can be variable depending on who is behind the bar and the layout is just stupid, The best thing that could happen is for the inside to be gutted and remove all the ill advised changes that have been made over the last 100 years. I don't know where the bar counter originally was but putting it back there might help, so might a bit of plaster on the walls. Of course a proper renovation would probably cost more money than anyone's prepared to throw at the place. There's "character" and then there's just plain tat, sadly this is the latter. Great beer though.
anonymous - 23 Apr 2009 14:08
Excellent pub with a good atmosphere. A great range of traditional beers. Will definitely be visiting this pub again the next time I am in Liverpool.
DixieLand - 7 Apr 2009 14:58
The back room of this pub reminded me of the canteen in "On The Buses"
grizzlygus - 23 Mar 2009 13:01
Wapping beers, especially Summer and the Stout, have been on tip top condition of late. Belgian stock a bit low, heres to a draught Karmeliet or Goulden Carolus!
jesuit - 10 Mar 2009 17:02
Great selection of beers, a little bit out of the city but is now a little more accessible through L!.

Well worth a visit

Beer_and_Cheer - 17 Feb 2009 14:15
A 'must do' if you are anywhere near Albert Dock.
An unpretentious pub with a fine selection of ales.

wirraldrinker - 14 Feb 2009 11:51
What a fantastic old pub this is. The pub-brewed Wapping Stout is worth trip in itself. Good pub grub at reasonable prices. A perfect escape from the over-priced plastic tourist palaces on the docks.
Snecky - 5 Feb 2009 12:26
Me too - had a fine pint of Wapping Stout on Saturday!
mattbeer - 28 Jan 2009 00:48
Visited this pub at the weekend - the place is class and full of character and the punters know (like me) how good their ale is. First Class and what a cracking taste - we ate there and drank plenty - the staff are good and eager to serve and it was a most satisfying experience for me.
Mcloj - 26 Jan 2009 16:49
Fine pub serving as many of the Wapping range as they can get on the bar. Had 3 pints here, all were OK, but tasted very similar to each other. The other half liked the wine, which is why we had 3 and the fact that it was lashing it down outside. We sat at a window table right at the pointed end. Candles on the tables, very cosy. We'll be back the next time we're in Liverpool.
ROBCamra - 12 Jan 2009 15:34
A really authentic dockside pub (near the King's Dock) in a newly-gentrified area. The different drinking areas are all very pleasant and the staff are all friendly and helpful. In addition to the Wapping beers, there appeared to be a couple of guest beers. No mild, stout or porter on during our visit. However the barman offered a Smoked Porter by gravity, and before long half the people in the pub were drinking it. The food seemed popular. Although we didn't try it. My only criticism was the lack of a real cider. Last time I was here they had Cheddar Valley - but not this time. Well worth the detour from the city centre.
blue_scrumpy - 11 Jan 2009 17:19
THIS IS CULTURE, see by your selves.
NorwegianFlyer - 27 Dec 2008 12:52
Liverpool�s only Brew-Pub has Georgian origins although the main pub was built in 1850�s on site of old an port&wine house. The name comes from a Scandinavian fleet of the time importing sawn timber and the building looks like a ship with its own funnels on the roof! 7 hand pulls serving its own quality beers. A good old basic boozer, character, no frills, friendly staff and good grub � All Day Breakfast �5-95, Bangers+Mash/Steak+Ale pie �6-95. This �Classic� should be preserved as it is!
Reviewed 5/12/08 by SADCATS on Tour! SCORE- 9.

Saxon_Scooper - 8 Dec 2008 18:56
Best Pub in Liverpool BAR NONE.
Great Beer, Great Food, Great Staff.
Carl the Manager was really helpful and went out of his way to make sure we were looked after.
I had a pint of Garys Festival Special which im led to believe was a brew made by the managers brother, his pic is even on the clip.
excellent pub with sperb beer, food & staff.
geordiejeans - 23 Sep 2008 14:21
Stan Shaw should be knighted! I've never had a bad pint in The Baltic Fleet. I prefer the stout, porter and mild while my lad prefers the lighter ales, but whatever the beer, the genius of Stan shines through.
The young bar staff are very friendly and helpful. Assistant manager Trevor Williams is a great bloke.
As for the toilets, the management are installing new ones and even better news is the Wapping Brewery is due to increase its output.
Doc_Holliday - 15 Sep 2008 18:46
This place is a gem..! It's always one of the first on our list for our regular Liverpool pub-crawl. Wapping beer is hard to beat, although it didn't suit one of our group, and the food is always well-cooked and very reasonably priced. (Mind you, any comparison with London prices will look good..!) Really nice people serving, one barmaid with multi-coloured hair certainly added something to the ambience..! Must try an evening visit sometime... sounds like it could be lively..! Great pub... should be preserved for the nation..! Now off to "The Cracke"...
Glenco - 8 Sep 2008 10:55
The First Baltic Fleet beer festival was held over bank holiday weekend with 29 Wapping beers on offer. Unlike most beer festivals it wasn't too crowded. Only spoilt by the people who insist on congragating around the bar to drink their drinks making it difficult for others to get served - and the bar on the ground floor at this pub is tiny, which is why I went to the stillage on the 1st floor and bought a pint of Wapping Stout for �2.00!
mattbeer - 1 Sep 2008 14:33
Looking at the reviews I know the common consensus is that it is a fantastic place, but I personally can't really see it. Its scruffy, dirty (especially the toilets which are truly minging!) & the glasses are unclean. The Wapping beers were OK (nothing to get excited about - I tried 3 different ones).
happytyskie - 24 Aug 2008 11:57
Still a quite wonderful pub, with friendly staff, good mix of custom (more tourists lately), very good steak lunch, and decent if not great beer. Love it.
mtaylor40 - 12 Aug 2008 19:11
Went there a couple of weeks ago when the Tall Ships were in town. Unique looking pub, nice atmosphere and great beer - think I had the Summer Ale brewed in the pub!
mattbeer - 10 Aug 2008 16:41
Looking like an ocean-going tug run aground and sinking slowly into the increasingly yuppy Wapping area of Liverpool, the Baltic Fleet is an excellent pub, and an absolute gem. I can't honestly fault this place, the beer is exceptional (it is brewed on site), ridiculously cheap and the accompanying food imaginative and delicious. The staff are friendly and engaging, the atmosphere convivial and with the Arena crowds popping along between shows always lively. Do you yourself a favour and pop here when the shanty festival rolls into town and experience the phenomenal atmosphere of a packed pub (with a fine display of beards) shouting and swaying along at the top of their lungs to bawdy sea songs and table banging until the small hours. If their is a fault, it is that this pub should be about eight times the size! There are enough building plots around it, although I suspect its all round much discussed excellence would mean it would still become packed and sweaty with people who appreciate a good pub. A good reason to move to Liverpool!
agnes_guano - 23 Jul 2008 14:20
Tankboy - the Baltic Fleet is rusting, no good ever came from Lenin, Stalin and ther bastard childen!
Tankbuster - 17 Jun 2008 17:00
Brilliant pub with brilliant beer. The pub brews its own beer on the premises. I tried the Blonde, Summer Ale and a Ginger flavoured beer, all excellent. The bar staff were very friendly. Although I didn't eat there the people I was with did and said it was very good.
tanky - 17 Jun 2008 14:22
Ahh, I love the Baltic Fleet pub and this latest visit didn't let me down. Plenty of choice from Wapping Brewery and a happy chat to the Brewer. Each one of the beers was great, however that cannot be said for the food, both our meals were inedible.
Still, its about the pub and the beer, and this is an excellent, if a little away from the rest, place to be.
imdownthepub - 2 Jun 2008 18:05
Brilliant pub, run by a man who knows beer. Foodmenu looks very interesting, not tried yet.

In a city centre full of good real ale pubs (Lion, Ship & Mitre) why would you go out of the centre? For the Baltic that's why!
Boongie - 18 May 2008 23:35
The baltic is a place that knows how to brew. The portor is excellant.
ticket - 13 May 2008 19:50
I drip to liverpool isn't complete with out a trip to the Baltic. 9/10.
andyderbyshire - 12 May 2008 08:15
one of liverpools fine real ale pubs just a stride from the albert dock...well worth the walk from the city centre down to the front..the ipa is gorgeous..most of these beers travel well and have had them in the trackside at bury..little gem this pub on the front.
graybagsinburyonceagain - 9 Apr 2008 22:43
beerdrinker1977 - 9 Apr 2008 13:14
I rather like the Baltic's scruffiness! The beer is always wonderful stuff and there is such a cosmopolitan mix of people there: Polish lads having an after work pint, Dipped in aspic Form Studiers, a few Suits and lots of pre-concert Quaffers!
in4 - 20 Mar 2008 20:13
matt_wilkins - 13 Feb 2008 14:08
Good selection of Wapping beers brewed on site. It was very friendly and the waitresses lovely HOWEVER the kitchen clearly couldn't cope with the demand for food and we had to wait 1 1/2 hours to eat. To be fair, they did come and (unprompted) offer us a free drink and, when it did come, the food was great. Unlikely I would go back for food, were I to return, but beers were fine.
JonW999 - 11 Feb 2008 18:51
Very interesting pub, not far from Albert Dock in Liverpool. Wapping beers brewed on site, plus an interesting selection of guest beers, including a Russian one. Fairly basic inside, but very welcoming, and serves good wholesome food.

timontrak - 16 Dec 2007 22:11
It's a bit run down compared to most modern popular pubs, but the beer is first class, and the food is excellent. I understand that things are going to change in the near future, and the pub will be extensively refurbished, but I hope it keeps its character. Its a must if you like quality food and beer, and prices are very reasonable. See Fydles, and Wapping beers web sites to find out what they serve.
LesF - 1 Dec 2007 22:51
My husband and I visit Liverpool about twice a year and are always on the look out for good pubs. The Baltic Fleet has excellent beer, food, and service. We were particularly taken with the black pudding and the kedgeree. The staff were quite friendly and not at all put off by dealing with us non-regulars.

Do not let the Baltic Fleet's scruffiness keep you out!
Amity - 10 Nov 2007 18:04
During a boring works do over the road in Albert Dock, a mate and I decided to escape and stumbled across this place. Built in a time when Liverpool was a thriving seaport, the exterior is shaped like a flat iron and painted to resemble a ship's hull. Inside, the pub is nothing special ... until you see the tantalising selection of beers offered. As well as its own award-winning brews there are bottled ales from all over Europe, some of which I've not seen anywhere else. But the BF's just as inviting to the casual drinker looking for a good, quiet pub with no jukebox or scallies to spoil the relaxing atmosphere.
Timmy.Carr - 1 Nov 2007 21:05
We stayed not far from this gem of a pub. My only crit would be some of teh beers were a little cold...otherwise a fine selection of beers from all over.
The food was worth savouring too.'scouse and red cabbage was wonderful.
LickeyEndBooze - 29 Oct 2007 16:45
This is an excellent (brew)pub. Easily my favourite in Liverpool. If i were living there this would be my local. The brews are excellent.
Donough - 18 Oct 2007 16:59
This pub really is a hidden gem, most tourists wouldn't see it as it's on the periphery of the city centre, hence it tends to be fairly quiet which is good if you want a nice quiet drink. The interior is basical but welcoming but the star attraction here is definitely the range of excellent Wapping beers, brewed at the pub!
GaryReggae - 12 Sep 2007 12:30
I agree with the last comment that this pub is a gem. Enjoyed all the beer on offer - all new to me. As there was so much beer to drink, had an excellent meal too to help the beer go down.
gillhalfpint - 11 Sep 2007 14:41
The best place in Liverpool for an afternoon session, if you can put up with creaky furniture and the odd tourist coming in, looking around and saying "shall we go?" (happened twice yesterday). They don't know what they're missing cos the pub is a gem and the in-house beers are excellent.
ZapuTheSnake - 26 Aug 2007 08:26
One of my favorite pubs I have visited this year, The Wapping ales were excellent and the quality of the beer was much better than the Cains Brewery pub not too far away.
Henners - 13 Aug 2007 15:50
Now serving brunches Sat and Sunday till 4pm with fantastic sausages and a vegetarian option, as well as weekday lunches. Beer and staff better than ever and bottled Wapping beers now on sale. Well worth a visit if you like a friendly, homely atmosphere. No large screen TV or background music.
cifababe - 7 Jan 2007 16:57
Excellent home-brewed ales, great food, warm and friendly atmospher and excellent service. What more do you want?
wobblybob - 27 Dec 2006 03:27
Visited at 4pm on a Wednesday, only one other punter in the pub at the time. Great range of beers, v.friendly barman. Warmed up as people drifted in from work and was cosily full as we left. Went back again the next day for lunch, very decent, basic food at good cheap prices. Attentive service from different barman. As we left, I asked if they had any bottled beers of their own brew and was presented with four bottles, although not labelled as such, as they have yet to finalise their process and they refused to take any payment for them! We're back in Liverpool again this weekend - I know where I'll be...
Gristy - 31 Oct 2006 13:55
Wapping Bitter won the CAMRA 'Beer of the Festival' Award at the Liverpool Beer Festival held earlier this year. The presentation of the plaque to Stan - the Brewer - took place on Friday, 9th June 2006. A tour of the brewery, which is cunningly concealed under the pub, showed how much can be packed into a small space. Brews on offer as well as the bitter were their Summer Ale and the excellent Wapping Stout. I have yet to try the breakfast but intend to do so in the near future. Liverpool is going through a 'Big Dig' and the Baltic is somewhat isolated at the moment - it's well worth the effort to go there though.
doj - 15 Jun 2006 22:15
I like this pub! It is a real no nonsense pub selling the excellent Wapping Brewery beers. If you are into spotting C-list celebs then this is not the place for you. However, if you enjoy first class beers, and, like me, enjoy a good all day breakfast with a pint you really should visit. Its worth the walk from the Albert Frocks, sorry Docks!
in4 - 24 May 2006 11:28
this pub has just been taken over by a new landlord who has reinstated sunday lunches (excellent) and lunch time food. The beer is as good as ever and the welcome is friendly. Who cares about the furnishings until he can afford to buy some new.
cifababe - 22 Dec 2005 17:09
Historic ship-shaped pub. The decor is a bit "low rent" in places but this is more than made up for by the excellent Wapping beers. A must for a visit....
founddrunkinyourgarden - 20 Dec 2005 14:19
Who cares about the furnishings when you can get an excellent pint of the numerous Wapping beers. I vote 10 for the beer selection. Is joegreen a lager drinker?
thejap - 15 Dec 2005 12:59
Have they got rid of the bloody awful vinyl covered chairs that were in the sharp end last time I visited? I've gone there three times. First time it was Baltic cold; second it was grubby; third it was closed at ten minutes after opening time. There's a limit to what I'm prepared to put up with for the sake of a decent pint, and the BF goes beyond it.
joegreen - 26 Oct 2005 13:08
This really is a gem of a pub if you appreciate good ale brewed in situ. Although it is need of being 'restored to its former glory' in decorative terms, the beer and ambience are spot on. The Saturday morning 'full english' breakfast is great at �3.95; enjoy with a pint of Wapping bitter and the weekend is well underway!
in4 - 1 Aug 2005 13:21

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