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A decent pub with 10 casks available and plenty of outdoor seating. We didn't eat, but there was an extensive food menu too. Well worth a visit if in Liverpool.
alexw - 18 May 2016 08:55
The Pump House is a large Greene King pub at the entrance to Albert Dock in the old pump house building!

We visited here on a Friday evening in late September with the other bars and drinking options in Albert Dock not looking up to much.

On arrival it was a tad soulless as it felt like a new build pub even though its not, but within 20 minutes the pub filled up and it took on a good atmosphere.

Impressed by the 10 hand pumps with 4 ales from Liverpool Organic Brewery. I had 2 of their offerings, Best Bitter @ 4.2% & Shipwreck IPA @ 6.5%, the Shipwreck is a very good ale.

Really surprised how quiet the Albert Dock area was as I thought it was banging at weekends, but equally as nice to find a pub with a good range of ales on for a quiet drink. Worth a visit in my opinion.
lezford - 30 Nov 2015 09:44
Was in here on Saturday morning. The ale range was much improved this time, with more than just the Greene King beers. Although the quality was lacking. 6 ales were on - Robinsons Trooper & Dizzy Blonde, Liverpool Organic Liverpool Stout & Bier Head & Greene King IPA & Trial Brew 06 Chilli Ale. I went for the stout. Maybe it was because it was the first one out. But it wasn't the best. The place is popular with tourists and the inevitable stag and hen parties. There are plenty of different drinking areas, on multiple levels. Many enjoy nice views of the docks. Outdoor tables are popular in the summer.
blue_scrumpy - 9 Feb 2015 20:29
It was a bit chilly after a visit to The Slavery Museum, so we ventured into the Pump House. It was quite a surprise after the rather critical comments. A very hoppy Liverpool Organic Bitter followed by a pint of IPA went down a treat despite it only being 12 o'clock, the pace was filling up with people asking for lunch. So somebody must be doing something right.
shouldersarms - 2 Jan 2014 07:51
Some slightly harsh comments below me thinks... I visited as a tourist visiting the Albert dock, and was surprised by how busy it was, and seemed to have a lot of scousers as well as tourists. Staff were friendly and atmosphere good. Beers on offer were Old Golden hen, Gangly ghoul, Pumphouse Landlords choice and Thwaites Lancaster Bomber. Yeah, it's a Greene King chain, and i do agree that the beer was (slightly) to cold, but okay overall... Worth a visit for the great location and wonderful building.
Barrow_Beer_Hunter - 27 Oct 2013 10:52
Well located to attract tourists from the Albert Dock and fairly busy on a Sunday lunchtime. We opted to sit outside, despite the stiff breeze. 3 ales were on and they were all Greene King - IPA, Old Speckled Hen & Olde Trip. I'm not sure whether or not the pub is Greene King-tied. The cider was Aspalls. Fairly average and not really worth any detour unless you happen to be in the Albert Dock and passing.
blue_scrumpy - 14 May 2012 20:11
There were so many glasses on the tables outside I was amazed they had any inside at the bar. But they must have had plenty because they were in no rush to collect the empties.
The food was okay, but nothing to rush back for.
CanalWalker - 2 Apr 2011 22:07
Went in here the other week when visiting family in Liverpool. Pretty poor. The only "ale"they had on was a Greene King brew that came up through a chiller. Ordered food (starter for one and sarnies for the other 3) and they got it wrong 3 times before eventually sorting it out. Not overly impressed with the standard of the food when it did finally get sorted either. If this is a top pup in Livepool I am glad I live in London!
harveysguzzler - 4 Mar 2011 03:49
I work at the Albert Dock right next to this place.

Whenever we decide to go for an after-work drink this place never get a mention, so it's either a short walk to the Baltic Fleet or in to town to find a proper pub!

Looks nice from the outside though. They should have kept the old steam pump and turned it into a museum!
mattbeer - 25 Dec 2010 13:55
Not keen on this place. Was in town for business and stopped in here on the way to meeting colleagues in the evening. If you've been to a Greene King pub before then you'll know the setup. Bland and boring, no atmosphere and full of tourists.

Cold beer is never a good sign! Strangely, we were offered a choice of 'clean' or 'dirty' (to paraphrase) Greene King Generic Beer #1. Had one of each, the idea being that one is crisper than the other I suppose. Of course there was absolutely no difference between them.

I'm sure this is great if you have nowhere else to go...
SweeneyRegan - 26 Oct 2010 14:37
one word ...... Fantastic

The manageress here has done wonders with the place

food was delicious real home made tastes to suit everybody

staff are fab and friendly with the local "scouse" humour

can be very busy in the summer with tourists but your not kept waiting at the bar very long to be served by a smiling scouser

this has the look of a wine bar but the feel of a very premium pub
like2pub - 8 Oct 2010 19:46
Great pub that serves the usualy Greene King range, great food, quick service and friendly staff, good on a warm day to sit on the quay side.

burns20 - 9 Aug 2010 13:16
After reading the reviews below I really didn't want to visit this pub when visiting Liverpool. However friends from Liverpool told me that the pub was great, well known in the area and THE place to go on a sunny day. So I gave it a try. What a pub!!!Lovely old building but decorated very modern and really really busy. Got served within a reasonable time considering the level of trade and the staff were great, typical scousers with the humour. Had a bowl of scouse which was nice. What do people expect? It is not a restaurant it is a pub. Yes loads of tourists but loads of local people as well with families. People, ignore previous posts, give it a try, my friends and I did and loved it.
devisdale - 13 Jul 2009 22:40
A tourist pub. Much better pubs/bars within 500yds.

wirraldrinker - 14 Feb 2009 12:48
Don't listen to Delstefan! He must have been on the happy pills when he visited! Tourist trap (literally) for people from out of town or locals who think it's trendy to eat and drink in a pub at the Albert Dock. I'd rather pay extra and go to Baby Cream or one of the trendy bars/grill places in the Albert Dock or walk to one of the cheaper more "local" bars in town like First National, which is why I haven't been to this dump in 5 months! Better still, just go to the Baltic Fleet 5 minutes up the road, and no, I don't work or know anyone who works at the Baltic Fleet!
mattbeer - 15 Jan 2009 00:53
Sorry the building and the location is perfect for a good pub,and a great potensial to be THE outside seating in Liverpool.
Instead you have to grab a meny,and try to explaind to the waiter
about the food you want,or definitive not want.
And the result is fastfood. And the furniture... we have a look,and think about what it could have been, sad ,sad,
NorwegianFlyer - 27 Dec 2008 13:56
What an improvement.Modern pubs or refurbishments do'nt often go down well with punters,but this place is the bis.Anyone who can remember the place from the past ,can't help but be impressed.The prices seemed ok,and the staff were nice and friendly.It makes a fine stopover,if you are on the way to the nearby Tate.Give it a go.
delstefan - 16 Nov 2008 12:23
Appaling service at the bar waited 15mins whilst barmaid served everyone around me, would not recommend as extreamly slow service even when not busy.
tomo192003 - 21 Sep 2008 09:50
Has been refurbished and drinks are expensive. Think I paid about �2.80 for a pint of Strongbow. Go to the Baltic Fleet 5 minites away.
mattbeer - 1 Sep 2008 14:57
I wish I had read these before eating there!! Seemed habdy for the Tate etc but should have walked on to the Baltic Fleet which is only about 500 metres away.

I don't know how much of the building is original but it struck me as a souless tourist trap.

Not only do they serve bland Greene King but it is chilled!!!
LickeyEndBooze - 29 Oct 2007 16:49
Never eat here...!
Great location, shame about the pub. Staff were incompetent, except for the lovely man who served our "meals" and was clearly embarassed at the heap of reheated muck on our plates that he had to bring to our table. The chef also misread one of our orders so we had 5 meals brought out at different times.
anonymous - 14 May 2007 14:19
Lovely pub inside and out. Right on the Albert Dock so nice to have a drink and a bite to eat before and/or after having a look around the shops and attractions. Nice outdoor area on a hot day and a well kept inside for the not so hot days.
DixieLand - 17 Apr 2007 02:16
Stereotypical pub with limted range of beer, uninspiring food, okay staff, okay standard of cleanliness. Bulk standard touristy sort of place. Interesting design/layout, but that's all.
Codrotten - 14 Nov 2006 16:54
Not too bad, wouldn't spend all day in here. Oh and beware of the wooden floor, it makes this loud creeking noise when you walk on it which feels like you're going to fall through it.
DeadManWalking - 21 May 2006 22:53
Decent enough place down in the Albert Dock. Does get horribly rammed with tourists when the sun comes out, though.

Food is not great, and the choice of beers leaves a little to be desired.

Despite this, still had some very good times in here.
mdma - 30 May 2004 12:22

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