Just a quick trip into Liverpool city centre, for a chance to check out our new Wetherspoon's:
This compact member of the chain, with one open dark-panelled room broken up by pillars, was not surprisingly packed, and customers were waiting three deep at the counter. A quick glance at the pumps found me Oakham's White Dwarf which when I was eventually served was superb. To be fair, I didn't wait too long, there were a large number of staff running up and down behind the counter and, unusually for 'spoons serving people in order.
I managed to find a vacant table near the kitchen, and I watched meals whizzing out. For some reason one lonely chicken burger sat on the top shelf for ages while other meals came and went, I wonder why. Eventually it was delivered, with no hint of why it had been delayed.
Just across the road is The Old Bank:
Again, it was busy on a Saturday afternoon, but not as packed as Wetherspoon's. A very mixed crowd, groups of lads, tourists, a hen party, and a lone pub blogger.
The kit was set up for live music later, a solo singer judging by the size of the stage. In the mean time, plenty of sport was on tellys around the walls. Large screens and yet somehow unobtrusive - Well done!
A brief random wander took me to a place I've never heard of, the Castle Street Townhouse:
I must say that while this is certainly not my sort of pub, it is rather well done, with efficient friendly staff buzzing around providing good service.
Now we're doing bars I've never heard of on Castle street, the options are manifold. I chose McGuffie at random:
Only two beers on tap, Asahi or Kozel, and they don't sell pints, only schooners.
Another bar that's not of my sort, but is still rather good. A bit too much show-off cocktail shaking behind the counter, er, what's the name of that film? Duh, it's Cocktail, with Tom Cruise.
Time to go home.
Pubs of the day: Captain Alexander for the ale, the Old Bank for the decor.
Miles walked: 1