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New Penny Farthing, Liverpool

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The New Penny Farthing is no more. The Courtyard Bar & Kitchen opened up late last year and couldn't be much more of a polar opposite to its predecessor. I initially tried to visit on a Sunday. But it doesn't open on Sundays, I later found out. But I did return on a Saturday in early December. The ground floor is the bar and the upstairs is a restaurant. Both enjoy nice views of St George's Hall. Although the door of the bar was open and it was quite cold inside. Ales were Rock The Boat Yellow Submarine Special & Bootle Bull & Liverpool Organic William Roscoe. A massive improvement on the New Penny Farthing. But I doubt I'll be a regular visitor.
blue_scrumpy - 1 Feb 2018 18:58
Apparently this dump is being converted into an upmarket 'Courtyard Bar & Kitchen' in conjunction with the Royal Court Theatre next door.
wirraldrinker - 17 Dec 2016 17:09
This place used to fulfil a function in keeping street drinkers off the streets - one wonders where they will be going now.
anonymous - 13 Jun 2016 11:43
Now Closed
JohnnyFilth - 13 Jun 2016 11:18
Tried the New Penny Farthing more out of curiosity than anything, on route from Doctor Duncans to the Dispensary. It was surprisingly busy. There is a large downstairs drinking area, another upstairs area that didn't appear to be open and an unappealing outdoor area. The pub had some interesting characters, some of whom were clearly under the influence of something. The price structure seemed a little strange. Not wishing to stay long, I asked for a half. I was then told that a half pint was only 15p less than a pint. So I went for a pint at £2.30, meaning a half pint would have been £2.15. That would be steep even by London standards! The keg selection was Worthingtons Creamflow, Guinness, John Smiths Extra Cold, Coors Light, Tetley Extra Cold, Carling, Carlsberg, Somersby Cider, M & B Mild & San Miguel. At least my curiosity is now satisfied!
blue_scrumpy - 26 Aug 2013 21:18
This must be the worst pub in Liverpool if not in the world. Full of drunks, dossers and the like. Avoid unless you are desperate.
ridgewood - 24 Aug 2013 18:51
I thought we had got rid of all these kind of hideous boozers! - but I was wrong. I didn't go in - I didn't need to !!!!
mcroyal - 5 Mar 2013 14:34
Knowing the reputation of this place we decided to to visit for a dare late on a Saturday night when everywhere else was closed. Straight away we were "befriended" at the bar by one of the regulars who looked like a cross between a Neanderthal & your archetypal serial killer. As well as being drunk he proudly boasted he was high on cocaine. A quick glance round at the few remaining clientele suggested that the ones who weren't collapsed were probably in a similar state. Needless to say we drank our drinks very quickly, made our excuses & swiftly left. I'm thinking of having a t-shirt made saying "I Survived The Penny Farthing!"
happytyskie - 27 Jan 2013 20:14
OMG - this place has reopened. Now advertising that they show live football on Sky Sports.

Still too scared to go in there!
mattbeer - 25 Dec 2010 13:39
Looks like this dump has finally closed.

Shutters have been down for the past 2 months - oh what a shame!
mattbeer - 17 Jun 2010 03:31
I went in there once at 10 am (not for pleasure I hasten to add) expecting an empty pub: instead it was like a wild west saloon (complete with sudden deafening silence). Populated with the sort of people you would expect to find ina pub at that hour, and none looked as if they were recent arrivals. Awful place, the only saving grace is that it is keeping its customers out of other pubs.
Schwalbe - 14 Mar 2010 17:00
One of my haunts. Regardless of the tatty run down air and the drunks on the floor outside, this pub is an experience everybody should have... maybe just once!!
Last time I was in there was cup final Saturday. The customers are friendly despite losing the match and the bar staff are pleasant. A real rough city pub with an atmosphere of "who cares as long as you are drinking something"... These places are becoming few and far between. Is that a relief.. or a loss to weekend daytime drinkers who like a bit of "character" to a pub and it's clientelle. I guess lots of people would be intimidated by a pub full of drunk scousers.. not me. I love the madness of the place.
julia.d - 1 Oct 2009 17:42
Difficult to imagine that the rest of Liverpool city centre is being redeveloped. That horrible office block in front of Lime Street station has been knocked down and the station forecourt is being done up. On the other side of the road is the wonderful St George's Hall. Then there is the art deco Royal Court theatre which has had a makeover.

And right in the middle is this monstrosity!

The ugly St Johns shopping centre which the New Penny Farthing is stuck onto is getting a 100 million redevelopment - so surely they have to knock down this horrible pub.

P.S. I've been inside and the interior is worse than the exterior!
mattbeer - 29 Aug 2009 00:55
A dreadful 1960's pub built into the side of a shopping precinct and multi-story carpark. Next to the Royal Court Theatre.
Standard drinks selection.
Drunks lying on the pavement outside last time I walked by a few weeks ago.
Give it a miss.

wirraldrinker - 23 Jun 2009 13:59

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