Tavern on the Green which is part of the Liverpool 1 redevelopment. Inside this peculiar building the interior is also a little odd. The distressed varnish on the wooden floor looks a lot older than the two and a half years the pub has been here. Perhaps the boards were second hand. Old wooden tables and chairs adds to the old pub feeling, in marked contrast to the contempory style of the battleship grey walls and naked plywood ceiling. Altogether, a quite attractive ambience is created. On a Wednesday afternoon there was no atmosphere, as I was the only customer for most of my stay. Two handpumps were on the bar, one had a Jennings' Cumberland clip turned round, and the other provided a fine pint of Marston's EPA. Eventually a few other customers came in to boost the takings.
Next, to Leaf on Bold Street. I quickly obtained a spot on pint of Lancaster Bomber, found a vacant table and settled down for a good look round. Oh my goodness, it's a whole different world here on the artistic side, and I felt very out of place amongst all the arty types, most of
whom were sipping tea of various peculiar colours. Far be it from me to offer fashion advice, but I always feel a flat cap on anyone under sixty years old is a mistake, and wearing one while sat at a table in Leaf just looks stupid! Anyway, returning to the factual, a small stage is located at one side of the large open room. There's another large room upstairs which was in use for some event or other, which meant that downstairs was pretty busy, I saw some people standing waiting for a free table. In conclusion, not my sort of place but I can't fault the quality of the ale.
Just round the corner is Bier which used to be The Old Rope Walk. I visited here not so long ago and found no changes this time, with an array of hand pumps offering a good choice of real ale. I selected Ringwood's Boondoggle, one of my favourites. Trade was quiet but ticking over gently.