Business took me into town, once that was completed there was no excuse not to tick a few pubs: I started in Ye Hole In Ye Wall:
Nothing has changed in this wonderful pub, ticking over with a number of regulars enjoying cheerful chats on a Thursday afternoon. Six real ales were on, I chose a lovely Trappers Hat.
A number of fine architectural features inside, including some impressive leaded glass in the partitions. I'm not qualified to say how much is genuine antique.
On to the Slug And Lettuce:
No architectural gem, this one!
Not my sort of place, offering a plastic chain dining experience, but drinkers are totally welcome, and my Guinness was carefully poured and promptly served, so no complaints.
Quite a few customers in, both diners and drinkers, with most of the latter on cocktails and/or shots, apparently.
I tried to understand the market for a place like this: Am I being over cynical in suggesting it is for people who are too scared or too snobby to go into Wetherspoon's?
I was a little irritated to see Christmas decorations up, but I fear my "Bah, humbug, it's only November" campaign is pretty much a lost cause.
Just across the road is the William Gladstone:
Quite similar to the last place in approach, I think, but with a few large screens showing cricket. A similar mix of diners and drinkers. Christmas decorations, of course.
The food seems cheaper in here, £9 vs £11 for fish and chips, if I recall correctly.
There were three handpumps on the counter, but all had the clips turned. I wonder if they do real ale at busier times?
I seem to recall coming in here back in 1998 when it had just opened as a Hog's Head, casks of ale were on display behind the counter, and the cellarman made a right pigs ear of tapping one while we watched. Beer spraying everywhere!
I watched the cricket for a while, Pakistan vs Australia, I was sorry to see England knocked out while I was in Gallagher's yesterday.
As I enjoyed my pint of Love Lane, the cellarman appeared and started pulling through two of the handpumps, so I guess real ale will be on soon. Sure enough, Doom Bar and Hobgoblin Gold became available a few minutes later.
Finally, the Rose and Crown. Sorry, too dark for a photo, winter is really closing in!
I wasn't sure this place had survived the pandemic, but it was open and busy at four. Last visited in 2016, I'm pleased to report nothing has changed, the (probably) historic woodwork is still wonderful, especially the arched entrances between the rooms.
Quite a lot of customers were keeping the place busy, and happy chatter was matching the music.
Football and racing on the various TVs here, where's the cricket?
Miles walked: 1.6
Maybe coming soon: Southport, Aigburth, Garswood, Bromborough