What to make of this classic pub? It is always on the agenda for our infrequent visits to Liverpool, just because it is there probably. It’s out of the way, down by the docks, so takes a special effort to get there. It is generally quiet, but perhaps that is due to the times we have to get there. They are no longer brewing on site, that is for certain, but they do have a pub badged beer that refers to an older Wapping Beer, an old timer told me they get it from Stamps Brewery. It is a bit touristy now and gentrified, not as rough and ready as before, which detracts from the ambiance imo. We will continue to visit in the future though.
Once the province of John Meakin, Liverpool’s most famous landlord, The Baltic Fleet once published its own newspaper, was eccentric in lots of other ways and generously furnished mad anecdotes to almost all its customers. Here’s mine. John like to dress up in naval costumes and styled himself The Admiral of the Baltic Fleet. He sometimes affected a Nelson-style admiral’s costume and one lunchtime I met him outside on the pavement in it. A truck slowed down as it approached and the driver called out to John "Oi you, ye lazy tw?t, get back up on yer column’.
Now serving its own excellent brews and still quirky, fun and properly scouse. It’s definitely worth seeking out for sniff of the real Liverpool.
We got a seat in the front room and it soon filled up just afterwards. There was still plenty of space in the cosy back room which had a real fire. This place had smartened itself up quite a bit since our last visit, which was nice. The barmaids however, were more interested in chatting to each other than pouring our beer.
Wonderful, warm and cosy place that stands like the sole survivor in a soulless and rapidly gentrifying part close to the Liverpool Waterfront. Very friendly staff, good selection and they serve nice food during lunchtime. Extra points for one of the staffmembers who commented on 2 customers who would rather spend their time together glued to their smartphones instead of having a pleasant time together enjoying a nice conversation over a good pint.
The seats in the narrow end of the pub, close to the fireplace are especially recommended.
Worth a detour.
Walked in at 12:15, only to be told that the main bar was shut (presumably for refurbishment) and ushered into the next room where punters had to be served through a little hatch, which lead to queues.
Matters were not improved by the barman’s loud singing. I left after one half. This is a pub with huge potential but I can’t say that I was impressed with how the place was being run.
Interesting pub located in an oddly shaped building. Decent range of real ales. Had a couple of pints in nice back room with a fireplace (not working during my visit). Seemed like a charming local pub. Very lose to the Albert Dock.
Historic pub with a rotund side, it certainly stands out on the main road just south of the Albert Dock, especially as modern flats are popping up all around it. It’s certainly worth the trip here though, first of all of the old building that’s quite light and airy given the amount of windows in this long, but not too wide pub. Tables and furniture is kept small to maximise the space. There’s two sides to the ground floor, with a wall separating these, and the bar backing up against this wall on the main road side. Here you’ll find a long row of cask ale pumps that carry both the house brews made in the cellar, and a number of guests. There’s keg options in this respect too. A patio area springs up behind the pub in good weather.
Visited a while ago. A little bit of a trek from Lime St but worth it.
Odd shaped pub, popular with students and locals. I visited during Quiz night. Had a couple of Wapping beers on tap which were decent and brewed in the cellar.
Couple of guests on too. Nice place and worth a visit.