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Ye Hole in Ye Wall, Liverpool

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There was a good atmosphere in here yesterday. It makes a good contrast to Rigby's and the Lady of Mann. Ye Hole In Ye Wall has a much more old fashioned interior. A singer/guitarist had taken up part of the one room and was performing a few classics. He was fairly good. The 6 ales on were Hafod Big Red, Conwy Hoppy Christmas & Beachcomber, Castle Rock Sheriff's Tipple, Lancaster Glacier & Heavy Industry Nos. Still a good boozer.
blue_scrumpy - 3 Dec 2018 20:43
Very, very cosy and atmospheric place, a step back in time. Beer choice not bad at all either. An underrated pub.
JonNgog - 12 Jan 2018 14:07
Located on a side street just up Dale street, this is a proper pub  that has a really cosy and homely feel to it.  Apparently it was the last pub to allow women through it's doors.  The lady behind the bar was quite friendly and was relatively knowledgeable about the ales they had on.  The pub is quite small with limited seating so I imagine it can get quite rammed some nights.
5 ales on with handpumps which had pictures of ships on which I thought was a good touch. I went for a pint of Salopian Darwins Origin which was very nice and quite well kept, price may be a bit high but not awfully over the top.  The pub was playing music on my visit but not in an intrusive way.  Plenty of locals having a good time and having a luagh with each other in here.  I would definitely return here if around the area.
Wezzielad - 14 Dec 2016 21:45
Had high expectations of this place but sadly it lacked in every department especially the beer. Tried two of the beers on offer and they tasted metalically. These beers were from two different breweries so I can only suggest that the lines haven't been cleaned properly. This place could be very good but it was a bit of a let down.
Caskales - 30 Oct 2015 11:19
This place is gradually improving. It still feels a bit dingy inside. But it was very busy yesterday afternoon, with a band playing in one alcove. The beer range is improving too. Cottage Autumn Gold, Castle Rock Harvest Pale, Liverpool Craft Hop Beast, York Guzzler, Sadlers Kimber Drop & Cross Bay Halo were all on. Upgrading my rating from a 4 to a 6. Worth another visit soon.
blue_scrumpy - 22 Sep 2014 21:57
The exterior and interior of the pub get top marks as does the beer. On our weekend lunchtime visit it was quiet and relaxing and we were entertained by the landlord and landlady battling with a faulty Sky set up on the telly which was spoiling the Lions' match. They didn't get it fixed while we were there ,which probably,on reflection, explains why it was so lovely and peaceful, except for the crackling of the goggle box that is.
shouldersarms - 2 Jul 2013 19:10
Nice little hideaway off Dale St. I've been here on three or four different occaisions when I travel to Liverpool from Ireland.

The decor is proper pub style and the beer is good.

The staff are very nice and one of the ladies behind the bar said something to me which has now become a catchphrase for my girlfriend whenever we talk about Liverpool.
StoutAndAle - 22 Nov 2011 09:13
Nice olde worlde interior , ale i tried looked a bit hazy but tasted good.Friendly atmosphere.
covman45 - 30 Oct 2011 11:55
Forget to mention, and should mention, that the service is excellent. You should get served fairly quickly and efficiently by friendly staff and there's lots of nooks and crannies to enjoy a pint in a convivial atmosphere.
Water_Into_Wine - 18 Oct 2011 17:20
The only drawback is, the ladies is upstairs. The entry way is via a small passageway through the bar which barflys tend to plug up. When you try to pass and say excuse me, they suddenly go deaf. So then you have to squeeze past them and there's a lot of smug smiling, none of it coming from me. Apart from that it's a great pub.
Water_Into_Wine - 10 Oct 2011 20:51
Only visitor on a Wednesday lunch time, but beer (localish micro) was very good indeed, the landlord friendly, and the pub a gem. A real find when I thought I'd seen the best pubs Liverpool had to offer.
mtaylor40 - 23 May 2011 21:58
Quite liked this place. They had a real Irish stout on handpump which was good to see (if only the Irish would brew more decent stuff). Warm, cosy feel to the pub with interesting artwork and pictures adorning the walls. I wouldn't say it's a must-visit, but definitely a pleasant place to go for the occasional drink.
Northern_Ale_Monkey - 2 Mar 2011 16:54
An old school pub on a small street between Chapel and Dale Streets with different rooms and seating areas away from the bar. Had five ales on, of which we went for the St.Austell tribute - which was okay but nothing spectacular. Not a bad little pub on a corner that has 4 pubs all next to each other.
anonymous - 3 Jan 2011 15:52
Yesterday was my first visit to this pub just off Dale Street and around the corner from Rigby's. 5 real ales were on - Tetleys Headless Huntsman, Adnams Bitter, Deuchars IPA, Box Steam Tunnel Vision and Wychwood Hobgoblin. The red walls and dim lighting made for a dark interior. However, there is plenty of interest, including old black and white pictures of Liverpool, bell pushes, an impressive copper fire surround and an old telephone in the corner. I doubt this pub has changed in a good while. The customers have probably not changed either. The toilets have more than likely never changed. They were quite an experience. From the gents, you can quite happily chat with outside drinkers at Rigby's or the Lady of Mann. They may well tell you they are enjoing better pints!
blue_scrumpy - 18 Oct 2010 22:19
A wonderful find during a visit to Liverpool. Enjoyed the atmosphere, the beer and the banter with the regulars. Highly recommended if Wetherspoons, Chef & Brewer and student bars aren't your thing. Traditional pub we found by accident but would seek out again.
SandieH - 20 Apr 2010 22:06
Atmospheric old pub with a couple of beers on handpump. Comfy seating and dark wood interior makes for a soothing atmosphere. Worth including in a crawl if you're in visiting other pubs in the area.
chick - 8 Mar 2010 16:12
Old fashioned boozer hidden away near Rigbys. Friendly enough place, though exactly what you expect from an "old mans pub", dark, quiet and dusty. Worth a pint in there as it's the oldest pub in Liverpool.
Scousefire - 7 Jun 2009 14:24
Claimed to be the oldest pub in Liverpool, the interior is divided into two splendid wood panelled rooms with wood and glass screens dividing the pub up into various drinking/seating areas. There are two bar counters each with a solitary handpull, each serving a different, well kept George Wright beer plus the familiar keg offerings. The staff and clientele are usually more mature people. The seating is traditional, largely comprising comfortable, well upholstered but battered bench seats. The decoration is mainly fascinating old photos and prints of the lost city that has, and is still being, swept away by modern Liverpool.
anonymous - 22 Apr 2009 15:04
Apparently the oldest pub in Liverpool??

Not the best small and dark and not worth making a special visit. However if you are up that way then it is worth popping in to have a half, just to say you have been. Ale not that good but a good chance of meeting one of the characters that frequent there
Beer_and_Cheer - 17 Feb 2009 17:10
Small, dark, traditional back street pub. Nothing special. Looks like it could do with a bit of a clean & redecoration.
happytyskie - 3 Aug 2008 16:13
Well, having been the one who got this pub listed on BITE, I suppose I ought to write my review, somewhat belatedly.

Its another fine traditional Liverpool pub, reputedly the oldest in this splendid pubby city. The date 1726 is displayed high up on the wall outside.

Its situated round the corner from Thomas Rigby's in Hackins Hey, one of the ancient medieval streets of Liverpool in the business district, off Dale Street.

There is much wood-pannelling, a fine old fireplace and an unusual telephone booth at the back of the pub.

Real ale was not available on the date of my visit in late March, but I gather it usually is. I did however enjoy a good cheap business lunch.

In conclusion, it's not a must visit pub, but should be included along with Thomas Rigby's if you're crawling in the business area of the city.

Read more about this pub - and Liverpool's other classic gems - in the CAMRA guide to Liverpool's historic pubs, which is a good well illustrated and informative book - good value at only 3.

And, no, in case you're wondering, I don't get royalties from sales.
JohnBonser - 29 May 2008 13:19

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