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Now The Cock and Pullet - reopened December 2018.
tradervic - 5 Jun 2020 19:19
Closed and boarded up.


wirraldrinker - 23 Jun 2018 13:17
A friendly, lively boozer. Totally unpretentious and all the better for it.

Plenty of real ale but some of the breweries used are second rate, but some are good (Brimstage, Liverpool Organic, Titanic).

Can be hard to get to the bar due the it being crowded with barflies and an ever-present gang of smokers crammed into the doorway is never pleasant to push through (why they don't use the smoking area to the rear, I've no idea).

Open mic nights can be hilarious, quiz nights too. Generously filled sandwiches available in a cooler on the bar.
vicpark - 14 Jan 2014 12:19
Pub is called The Cock and Pullet so should be changed at the top of the page.
1st visit proved a really excellent experience. 6 or 7 ales on,all very well kept and tasty,including Wobbly Bob...The surroundings on the wall were very interesting with lots of old photos of Birkenhead as well as some quirky little additions around the place. Very friendly,helpful staff too. A little gem of a pub. Worth the visit for football fans.Locals were really friendly too and felt welcomed as an away fan.Around a 10-15 min walk from Prenton Park.
markredfox73 - 3 Feb 2013 11:41
Excellent pub in useful location/part of town.
Young lady on duty was warm & local girl, without any affectation.
Beer price approximately 60% usual in mid afternoon.
Will use from now on.
Recommendation initially from my, London-based, son.
TGB - 13 Jan 2012 14:37
Only PROPER PUB on the wirral: local cask ale, friendly helpful staff, clean and tidy, lovely pictures of old wirral on the walls, the brass and copper shines in this place, you can tell they care. We deserve more pubs like this.
where else can you get 6 local ales, a cask cider, aswell as 18 belgian/trappist beers, and a range of spirits from moonshine to louis XIII?!
Can't beat it in my eyes, well done The Cock and Pullet!
shudnobetter - 4 Jan 2012 01:16
Am happy to reveal that the cider pump was very much in existence on our visit last night. However sadly the lines were being cleaned, meaning the Westons Traditional Scrumpy was off. Ales were Liverpool Organic Cascade, Thwaites Wainwright, Blakemere Bobby Dazzler, Brimstage Rhode Island Red and the house beer (I believe from Phoenix) Cock & Pullet Golden Ale. Not a bad pub and sounds like a big improvement on its days as the Royal. But I left feeling a little disappointed.
blue_scrumpy - 22 Dec 2011 17:30
Landlord told me that they are installing a cider pump
happytyskie - 24 May 2011 20:30
Good quality upgrade of what was a rather knackered old John Smith's pub, retaining it's public bar. Local beers in good nick, friendly landlord and sensible pricing all add up to a must visit establishment - a much needed freehouse for the area and an escape from the lunacy of 4 a pint at the Oxton Bar & Second Mortgage
founddrunkinyourgarden - 2 Feb 2011 17:08
Now re-opened as the "Cock & Pullet". A much needed refurbishment has taken place to drag it into the 21st century. 4 handpumps on my visit - Fuller's ESB, Spitfire, Brimstage Trapper's Hat & Liverpool Organic Brewery Bitter. "Happy Hour" 4pm-6.30pm - cask beers 2 a pint
happytyskie - 14 Jan 2011 07:44
Closed. Not sure what the future plans are but I've heard it will open again after a refurb.
happytyskie - 31 Oct 2010 18:44
Update - Good things to report about this pub. The people in charge are trying to make a go of it. Doubles bar, entertainment (not personally my kind of thing, but fair play), & more importantly 2 real ales. Taylor's Landlord as a permanent (2.20), plus rotating guest - Courage Directors on my recent visit. Seems they are attracting new people as well. I will be supporting this pub.
happytyskie - 16 Sep 2009 20:13
Although this pub is on a main road the chances are you would drive past it without even noticing it is there. The outside is shabby & faded & indeed it was closed for a large part of 2008. It re-opened before Christmas but the only real evidence is a barely readable chalkboard placed outside. Inside it is pure 1970's. I doubt this place has had a makeover for at least 35 years.There is a main bar with old TV's at either end & a smaller room to the side. No real ales, no food & no promotions (doubles bar etc). However it is friendly & has a novelty value just for the retro feel. I am intrigued as to how they will survive unless they are willing to invest. However I will probably be a semi-regular as it is near to where I live.
happytyskie - 5 Jan 2009 15:51

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