On a sunny Thursday I took a trip to Toxteth to see how the pubs there have been getting on since my last visit, which was 2004 I think.
I began with a bus ride along Park Road, where I found the Royal Oak is now closed and tinned up, the Globe remains open, and then the Farmers, the Toxteth, the Royal George and the Queens Head are all closed, and in some cases gone without trace. A little further along, the Pineapple is still open. I've drunk in all these pubs at some time in the last fourteen years, it's a shame so many of them aren't there any more.
Anglesea, which is looking pretty tidy from the outside.
Wellington Vaults, which rather to my surprise was open. I joined two locals in the small front bar and enjoyed a pint of Guinness. The inside was a lot tidier than the rather tatty exterior might suggest.
The Derby Arms and the Great Eastern were both near here, but are no longer extant. Again, I've drunk in both in the past.
Herculaneum Bridge, also known as Pegleg's. Outside, a coat of white paint has replaced the somewhat garish blue and red colour scheme of my previous visit. The interior, although a little chaotic during decorating work, is very impressive, with lots of ceramics on the walls and a fine wood and leaded glass bar back. It retains the historic layout of rooms off a corridor served from a hatch at the back of the bar. The large back room also has a tiny bar counter in the corner.
Mosely Arms, Clancy's which has completely disappeared, and Dick Jennings where the planned conversion to housing hasn't progressed.
My next destination was the Brewery Tap, nestled in the corner of the Cains' Brewery, where I enjoyed a fine pint of Cains' FA. I noticed they limit their real ale offerings to their own brews now, I'm sure they used to have guest beers as well. Sales were pretty slow, initially I was the only customer but a few others arrived to sit outside in the bright sunshine.
Finally, I strolled past the long closed Angel (pictured) and on to the Coburg. Reports had reached me that this place now did real ale, and I was pleased to find Fuller's London Pride on sale in a comfortable, friendly pub.