Black Horse
Hand pump
The traditional decor, all fake I think, is very well done in this large pub in multiple rooms partly knocked through, where they mainly concentrate on "sizzling" food.
Last visited September 2017.
Rainhill Road / Elton Head Rd
Boar's Head A comfortable two-sided boozer with a pleasant plain interior.
Noted closed and boarded up in 2015, but open again in 2016.
Last visited 2012.
Elton Head Road / Lowfield Lane
Coach & Horses
Hand pump
This popular pub has a rather unusual layout, well cared for throughout. At the front is a very nicely decorated lounge with no counter and a plainer bar with a pool table. Further back is a second bar. There's also an attached Indian restaurant.
Last visited September 2017.
Rainhill Road / Tasker Terrace
Hand pump
There are two bars plus a number of side rooms in this very pleasant well preserved traditional pub. I particularly like the proper bar counter with a gantry. Waitress bell pushes extant but not in use. Excellent real ales served. On a visit on a cold December Wednesday afternoon in 2010 I was startled to find the place busy, but sadly I found it much quieter on a Tuesday lunch time in 2014.
Although there is nothing truly spectacular inside or out from an architectural point of view I've always been especially fond of the appearance of this pub.
Noted closed "for redevelopment" in March 2018.
Last visited September 2017.
Station Road
Manor Farm
Hand pump
A very nice converted farm dating back to 1662 with an original well inside. A number of side rooms off the main bar downstairs and a restaurant and balcony bar upstairs.
Last visited June 2016.
Mill Lane, Rainhill Stoops
Micklehead Green A fairly new "bypass" pub in the middle of nowhere, concentrating on the food and family markets with a rather nice bare brick and wood beam interior. Beefeater food. I'm told the hand pumps have now gone.
Last visited 1999.
St. Helens Linkway / Eurolink Road
Rainhill Labour Club A nicely done and well cared for social club with a bar, games room and a large function room.
Last visited 2005.
Warburton Hey / Park Avenue
Hand pump
The lounge is very comfortable in this pleasant friendly traditional two bar pub. The one hand pump was providing excellent ale on my visit. Beer yard/garden.
Last visited June 2016.
Warrington Road / Kendricks Fold
Ship Inn
Hand pump
Standard Ember Inns decor in a large pub aiming at diners, but still welcoming drinkers with a range of real ales, including their own Ember Pale Ale, brewed by Black Sheep.
Last visited June 2016.
Warrington Road
Skew Bridge Alehouse
Hand pump
Six handpumps offer quality ale in this standard shop-conversion micro-pub which was ticking over with friendly regulars on a Tuesday evening.
Last visited September 2017.
Warrington Road / Exchange Place
Hand pump
In 1998 I described this place as youth-oriented and grubby. I returned to find a very nicely decorated large two-sided knocked round pub, full of customers of all ages, and serving real ale. More recently one side has become a more up market restaurant. The food in the bar side looks good and the real ale, from a small selection, is fine.
Last visited June 2016.
Warrington Road / Victoria Street