Traditional old city centre pub that harks back to the heyday of the big shipping lines in Liverpool. The walls are covered with memorabilia of the big ships that moved people out of Liverpool and those that moved goods into Liverpool. The atmosphere is blessingly local given its proximity to the pretty awful Matthew Street, on my latest visit the back room was half full of musicians warming up for an afternoon of drinking and playing, the front is loud and raucous but fun. The beer range is limited, but I always find something new. I like the pub as a pub.
A city centre pub that probably does well out its location rather than its atmosphere, which is a little bit too local given the amount of one-off visitors in here. The traditional decor, although nice, backed up by a huge array of framed photos and pictures all over every wall, feels a touch grubby - and it smelled of stale cigarettes in the front section despite the smoking ban being implemented 10 years previous. The saloon style bar has a service area in the middle of the pub and welcomes you as you enter, with seating in stall areas at the front. Behind the curved service area is a slightly more attractive room with a few more soft furnishings making it a bit cosier and away from the impersonal atmosphere of the front, which was not helped by a barman who seemed perturbed from being pulled away from his mates to have to serve me. The cask ale selection was average although there was a choice of five out of the six hand pumps in the very centre of the bar. This place should be better than it is.
A traditional city centre pub situated in the Cavern Quarter. Here you can soak up some history of British shipping lines and the Beatles through photos adorning the walls. A small selection of hand pulls here.
Popped in here for a quick half. It is a relatively small pub, with a small front bar area and a small back room; which means the place gets crowded easily. On top of that it is located in a fairly touristy part of town. But spirits were high during my early afternoon Saturday visit. Not a very impressive range of casks but there are some ticks to be had. Decent value. Nice old-school pub decor, lots of shipping photos, news clippings and paintings. Easy pub to visit but not a highlight.
Visited in januar 2012 on our pre-winter-ale-pubcrawl..
Just arrived in Liverpool we went straigth to this lovely old-fashion pub. Lots of pictures of ships and the Beatles decorated the walls - not surprisingly. 6 handpumps, mainly from the Bowland Brewery. Friendly staff and very cosy atmosphere. Located in a smaller street you either have to be local og seach for it - and it´s worth looking for...
Legendary pub in city centre of Liverpool. You could spend hours just watching the pictures on the waal. Good selection of bitters on tap, a good pub to drop by and a fantastic alternative to the clubs in Matthew Street!!
A traditional pub, unspoilt since its heyday, in a quiet side street just off the main shopping precinct in Liverpool city centre.
I liked the White Star immediately – it’s cosy and old fashioned and has survived very much intact as a traditional city centre pub. Shipping pictures – including lots of the Titanic, the White Star Line’s most famous vessel – dominate the snug back room competing only with one wall dedicated to Liverpool’s four most celebrated sons, who have their names on brass plaques over one of the banquettes, and a tribute to the lesser known Stuart Sutcliffe, the Beatles’ original drummer.
The pub is twinned with two bars in Norway and one in the Czech Republic. They have six hand pumps and although the beer range isn’t huge it’s mainly local and was enough to keep us going on two separate visits.
(Last visited 17 January 2012).
Victorian pub in what is now called the “Cavern Quarter” with a rather handsome two-roomed interior packed with memorabilia and old photographs, especially relating to the old White Star shipping line. The front bar is the more lively, the back room, approached by corridors on either side of the island bar, more sedate. For some reason that I have not been able to fathom the beer selection concentrates (but not exclusively) on beers from Bowland brewery in rural Lancashire.