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Old June 28th, 2011, 06:36 PM   #101
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Old June 28th, 2011, 09:46 PM   #102
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I went in on Fathers Day, the barmaid said its closed for a month for a refurb.
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Old June 28th, 2011, 09:58 PM   #103
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A month. Interesting, that sounds like a fairly involved refurb then (although a proper restoration befitting the pubs grandeur would take longer than that). Still, I'll look forward to seeing it open again. I'll bit fugging Brahms and Liszt and still there though.

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Old June 28th, 2011, 10:14 PM   #104
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Has the Rat and Parrot shut down? Not my type of place tbh, but seems a shame.
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Old July 14th, 2011, 03:51 PM   #105
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The Phil is open again. It looks like it has received only a fairly superficial spit and polish: new carpets in the snug and billiard room, reuphostered furniture and so on. Still that was overdue and it looks smart enough. Maybe the proper restoration the building deserves will happen some day.
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Old July 21st, 2011, 03:12 PM   #106
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Just come across this most fascinating thread

Another example of the wonderful old buildings that should have been saved

Just think how Liverpool would look now if it wasnt for the ravages of war, neglect and poor town planning.

Anyway, I have trawled thro the pub photos twice (brilliantly illustrated) but cant find details of the St Hilda.

Can anyone direct me or provide more info.

Is it really only busy on match days nowadays?

Had family connections in the area many years ago, around where the Fire station used to be
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 05:33 PM   #107
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I noticed today that the latterly shabby Old Rope Walk on Newington is being renovated ready to be opened as "Bier". It looks like it is going to be a lot smarter than the building's last pub incarnation and as its name suggests is going to be another bar specialising in a large cask and bottled beer collection.
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 05:34 PM   #108
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Googling: http://www.ropewalksliverpool.com/bl...te-new-hangout

The linky reckons its already open (although it wasn't at today's Tuesday lunchtime) and, more good news, that the folks behind it also have similar in mind for the currently closed Dovedale Towers on Penny Lane.
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 06:10 PM   #109
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I went there last Friday with the missus, before going to Leaf. Pretty good actually. A fair smattering of peeps inside, but certainly not rammed. They'd only opened the day before though.

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Old August 23rd, 2011, 06:24 PM   #110
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Crivvens Bugs. You're in any promising new alehouse like a rat up the proverbial.

It's welcome that good beer is finally in fashion, following on from the Septics with their microbrewery business I suppose. But don't they make you pay for it? Still, better than 10 quid cocktails I suppose.
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Old September 19th, 2011, 05:41 PM   #111
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The Phil is open again. It looks like it has received only a fairly superficial spit and polish: new carpets in the snug and billiard room, reuphostered furniture and so on. Still that was overdue and it looks smart enough. Maybe the proper restoration the building deserves will happen some day.
There's a 2 page article in this month's MerseyAle about the refurb of the Phil. It's estimated between £150k-£200k was spent on the project but the majority of this was on the upstairs bar (which I didn't even realise existed). Worringly though, the large gold eagle that used to be perched above the main bar went missing during the revamp and has yet to re-appear.
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Old September 19th, 2011, 05:47 PM   #112
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That went months before the refurb actually. Not sure whether is was gold either.

I asked the barman at the time where it had gone and he told me that it was actually borrowed and had gone back to its owner. It doesn't sound like it was a period feature, although it did look cool.

I will need to take a look upstairs. The upper floor has been open for meals untermittedly over the years. A ate there once, yonks ago, perhaps mid-nineties and my memory is that it isn't especially ornate, unlike the ground floor.
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Old October 3rd, 2011, 05:44 PM   #113
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Old October 7th, 2011, 07:28 PM   #114
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Philharmonic wins national pub award

STAFF and regulars at the Philharmonic Dining Rooms are celebrating its inclusion in the Good Pub Guide’s top 10 best beer pubs in the country.

The Phil, which was built in 1900 to cater to concert goers, and wealthy locals, has some of the most spectacularly ornate decorations of any pub in the country.

Gentlemen have the added pleasure of viewing the spectacular mosaic tiled walls in the only grade one listed toilets in Britain – the ladies’ are a later addition.

The Good Pub Guide’s editor, Fiona Stapley, said: “Above all what makes a good pub is its atmosphere.

“You should be able to feel at home there, and feel not just that you’re glad you’ve come but that they’re glad you’ve come. A good landlord or landlady makes a huge difference – they can make or break a pub.”

When John Lennon was asked what the worst part of being famous was, he allegedly replied “Not being able to have a drink at the Phil.”

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Old October 7th, 2011, 08:17 PM   #115
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Also heard the claim made for The Grapes and Ye Cracke. In any case, the Philharmonic isn't a great pub; it is a great building. As a real ale aficionado, the beer just isn't up to scratch. It should make far more of the rooms upstairs as well. The main part is also too dark; you need a miner's helmet if you go in there in the evening. And don't get me started on the Vines. That should the finest pub in the city, and it is horrible; a real shame. It's full of Irish Kopites drinking Magners.


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STAFF and regulars at the Philharmonic Dining Rooms are celebrating its inclusion in the Good Pub Guide’s top 10 best beer pubs in the country.

The Phil, which was built in 1900 to cater to concert goers, and wealthy locals, has some of the most spectacularly ornate decorations of any pub in the country.

Gentlemen have the added pleasure of viewing the spectacular mosaic tiled walls in the only grade one listed toilets in Britain – the ladies’ are a later addition.

The Good Pub Guide’s editor, Fiona Stapley, said: “Above all what makes a good pub is its atmosphere.

“You should be able to feel at home there, and feel not just that you’re glad you’ve come but that they’re glad you’ve come. A good landlord or landlady makes a huge difference – they can make or break a pub.”

When John Lennon was asked what the worst part of being famous was, he allegedly replied “Not being able to have a drink at the Phil.”

Read More http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liver...#ixzz1a78QmvBM
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Old October 8th, 2011, 01:56 AM   #116
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Everything you have just written is wrong.
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Old October 9th, 2011, 11:58 AM   #117
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Everything you have just written is wrong.
Thanks for putting me straight.
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Old October 20th, 2011, 07:00 PM   #118
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The Dovedale Towers on Liverpool's iconic Penny Lane returns as The Dovey

AS YOU sup your pint from a tankard in The Dovey, it’s easy to think of Freddie Mercury upstairs, dreaming of the day he would dominate the world in a moustache and white vest.

The Queen frontman stayed there during the 60s when playing with local band Ibex.

I’ve lived not far from Dovedale Road for a couple of years now.

And, as part of my by-now- standard tour of Liverpool that I give to people who come to stay, I like to walk down the road and point out Dovedale Primary School – the crucible which forged, among others, John Lennon, Peter Sissons and Jimmy Tarbuck.

We walk towards Penny Lane, and my tourists prepare for the Beatle fact deluge.

But, on the corner, sits the white betowered pile that is Dovedale Towers. And tour guide me can set the Fabs aside for a moment, point at it proudly, and say “Freddie Mercury lived there, you know!”.

We can then head down Penny Lane, to the shelter in the middle of a roundabout.

But we could never go into the Dovedale, because it was shut for what felt like an age. It’s had its ups and downs, at one point even becoming an outpost of Alma de Cuba, before becoming a tired pub and shutting its doors. Another hostelry bit the dust.

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Old November 15th, 2011, 11:52 PM   #119
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Ship & Mitre opening a bottled beer shop

Like beer? Proper beer? Then rejoice - the Ship & Mitre are opening a bottle shop on Whitechapel, near the Met Quarter! Not sure which unit, but they're currently talking about it on their Facebook page, asking people to suggest names.

Calls for a beer or five I think......

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Old November 16th, 2011, 12:00 AM   #120
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Bonzer! Liverpool's lacked a proper beer shop for as long as I can remember although the two Delifonsecas have decent selections.
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