This is one beautiful building, it has to be said. Dark woods, marbles and slates throughout, magnificent rest rooms, I do believe that this used to be a Gentlemanís Club for the Shipping Merchants and it is a real treat that it is essentially the same. However; that doesnít help with the ambiance as tourists use it as a free visitor attraction, on our latest trip a coach full of German youngsters were allowed in, which is a bit off-putting whilst drinking your beer, particularly as some of them were whipping around on push scooters. The beer range is Nicholsonís current fairly dull range, the imagination has gone from their choices. It is a must visit for the beautiful building and maybe for food, but donít get over excited with the beer.
Pretty large place, not many people during my afternoon visit. Impressive interior, lots of wood, leather, marble, vitrage. Make sure you visit Grand Lounge. Cask selection is decent, but certainly not impressive. Well worth visiting for the ambiance and decoration if not for beer.
On the opposite side to the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, this Nicholsonís pub is typically period in style and very warm and inviting for it, with a saloon bar styling to it. Split level on the ground floor, there bar occupies the middle ground in the main room, and quite a lot of the space, with seating all around it. To the rear there are three atmospheric rooms, two smaller ones of equal size named after composers, split by a corridor leading to the larger impressive hall space. All have a fine period style to them. Ales from the current Nicholsonís list are numerous at the bar.
An elegant pub not to be missed. Itís well on the tourist trail but even with the foot traffic itís easy to soak up the history and grand features. As for the beer, itís by no means exciting but worth grabbing a pint and relaxing in this beautiful pub. Has anyone mentioned the Gents bathroom?
jjsint (449) Cambridge, England | August 20, 2014| Updated September 14, 2015
There is no way around it. This pub is gorgeous and appeals to the musician in me with the Brahms and Liszt rooms, not to mention the a Grande Lounge. And, of course, the toilets are amazing. A good mix of cask and bottled beers, although I have been to other Nicholsonís pubs with much more imagination given to their drinks selection. At the end of the day this pub trades on its looks, beer-wise there are better pubs within walking distance.