Friendly bar has never been out of guide­book

Southport Visiter - - Camra Column -

THE Roscoe Head in Liver­pool is one of only five pubs to ap­pear in all 45 edi­tions of Camra’s Good Beer Guide, and is the only one in the north of Eng­land, writes Neville Grundy.

It is sit­u­ated in a small side street on the edge of Liver­pool’s Ge­or­gian Quar­ter and is less than 10 min­utes’ walk from Cen­tral Sta­tion.

There are four rooms: the main bar as you en­ter, two cosy lounges and a tiny snug.

It is largely un­al­tered, and has been run by the same fam­ily for more than 35 years.

There are six hand­pumps serv­ing two reg­u­lar real ales, Ti­mothy Tay­lor’s Land­lord and Tet­ley Bit­ter, and three or four guests which, on my visit, were Em­pire White Lion, Big Bog Blonde Bach and Ge­orge Wright Ci­tra, avail­able in third of a pint mea­sures if you pre­fer.

The four beers I tried were in good form.

Avail­able on fonts were craft Ship­yard Amer­i­can Pale Ale and Old Rosie Cider.

They of­fer tra­di­tional lunchtime snacks, a quiz night on Tues­days, and a crib­bage night on those Wed­nes­days when the pub team is play­ing at home.

There is no juke­box or fruit ma­chine – this is a friendly pub suited to con­ver­sa­tion, and I found my­self chat­ting to sev­eral strangers at the bar.

Chil­dren are wel­come in one room dur­ing the day, but not dogs.

A cou­ple of years ago, the pub was taken over by New River, a prop­erty com­pany known for re­de­vel­op­ing pubs, and the land­lady, Carol Ross, led a spir­ited “Save The Roscoe” cam­paign that re­sulted in a well-at­tended demo in the street out­side and a pe­ti­tion that gained 2,273 sig­na­tures. Hap­pily it re­mains open and thriv­ing. Fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a few seats out­side to the front, free wi-fi, a Face­book page and a web­site: uk.

Ad­dress: 24 Roscoe Street, Liver­pool, L1 2SX.

Tele­phone: 0151 709 4365.

This pub is a fine ex­am­ple of a well-run lo­cal near the city cen­tre, and well worth a visit when you’re next in town.

Camra’s Chester Beer Fes­ti­val at Chester Race­course Novem­ber 10-11 with 100+ real ales, 20 ciders & per­ries, live mu­sic, pub games, and food.

The fes­ti­val char­ity is the Cheshire Royal Bri­tish Le­gion. Web­site: www. cheshire­beer­fes­ti­

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The Roscoe Head, Liver­pool

The cosy pub in Liver­pool city cen­tre is largely un­al­tered

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