ST HELENS TOWN

PubCommentsLocation
Beecham's Bar and Brewery
Hand pump
Originally Beecham's offices, this opened as part of St Helens College in 1997. It has one plain but nicely decorated room with a quarry-tiled floor, and there's a small bar counter in the corner. When I visited in 1999 I had a superb wheat beer brewed on the premises. On my more recent visit none of their own brews were available, but they had seven real ales on, and the ones sampled were excellent. Remarkably, they still use lined glasses to provide a full pint. Discount off most beers for CAMRA members, so bring your card.
I believe this has now closed.
Last visited 2004.
Water Street / Clocktower Street
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Beehive Now closed.
Not visited.
Berrys Lane
Bell and Barrell
Hand pump
A pleasant plastic two roomed new construction on a Leisure Park. Reported closed in 2012.
Last visited 1999.
King Street / Westfield Street
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Bird I' Th' Hand
Hand pump
A plain bar side with a pool table and an up market lounge with "Ale & Hearty" food. A remarkable contrast between the two halves, and you can only get between the two via the gents.
Johnny Vegas used to be a barman here, apparently.
Last visited 1998.
Dunriding Lane
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Black Bull
Hand pump
A pleasant lounge and an enormous bar like a church hall. Tables for pool, snooker and some other game! LSTV. Bowling green.
Last visited 1998.
Knowsley Road / Dunriding Road
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Brasserie Chalon
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Two sides, one bar and a tiled floor in this rather pleasant pub. The interior is not as "snooty" as the name might suggest.
Last visited December 2018.
Barrow Street
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Breeze (Landings) This well cared for bar has one large room with a tiled floor and plain modern decor, and there's a beer yard at the back. With loud music and a late licence Thursday to Sunday I expect it's busy at the weekend, but at 11pm on a Thursday in 2004 the place was deserted. In 2018 it was quite busy on a Saturday afternoon. Plenty of TVs for live sport.
Last visited July 2018.
King Street / Duke Street
Map
Bullion Reported closed in 2012.
Not visited.
Church Street
Buzby's Bar A rather scruffy one roomed pub with a filthy tiled floor. LSTV. £1 a pint and cheap spirits (except Friday and Saturday) mean the place is packed even when everywhere else is quiet.
Reported closed 2011.
Last visited 1999.
56 Bridge Street
Map
Cafe Chloe Reported closed 2011 and now a restaurant.
Not visited.
Ormskirk Street / Barrow Street
Clarendon Hotel A quiet traditional pub, clean and tidy. On my Wednesday evening visit the only other two customers in the plain bar side were drinking tea with the barman and playing pool, and the lounge side was completely empty. Lined glasses for a full pint. Now closed and boarded up.
Last visited 2000.
161 College Street / Hill Street
Map
Connoisseur Ales Brewery & Tasting Room
GBG
Hand pump
This small comfortable friendly brewery tap has very limited opening hours. The beers are superb.
Last visited December 2018.
Shaw Street / Parr Street
Map
Counting House (Forum 44) (Assembly)
Hand pump
Forum 44 was a disco/night-club which was shut early in the week, and I never visited it.
The Counting House, on the other hand, is much better: Amusing peculiar decor inside this former bank, including old style chandeliers, contemporary naked air-conditioning ducts, and a large glitterball over the dance floor. The barman didn't seem to know what was on the menu, and no-one else was eating, but the Sunday dinner was very good, along with some spot on real ale.
Noted closed in 2018.
Last visited 2013.
16 Hardshaw Street
Map
Cowley Vaults (Anfield Arms)
GBG
Hand pump
My notes on the Anfield Arms said "A 60s-style attempt at twee in the lounge half of this spotless well cared for one bar local pub for local people. The exterior features some very nice ceramics - I must return in daylight."
The Cowley Vaults remains well cared for, and they've added excellent real ales to the offer.
Last visited June 2018.
50 Cooper Street / Arnot Close
Map
Cricketer's Arms
GBG
Hand pump
In 2003 I visited a pleasant plain two sided pub in an old-looking building. The lounge side was decorated with mirrors and old posters advertising Greenall's, but they didn't sell it.
Returning in 2018 I found a total transformation into a real ale lovers' paradise. Well deserving of its CAMRA Pub Of The Year 2018 award.
Last visited June 2018.
64 Peter Street / Lyon Street
Map
Cruisers Reported closed.
Not visited.
Ormskirk Street, opposite Jokers
CT's Bistro Bar Now closed.
Not visited.
Westfield Street
Detroits (Bear and Barrow) The Bear and Barrow had a surprisingly pleasant totally plastic interior, and plenty of facilities for the disabled including a wheel chair lift at the door. I haven't visited since the name change.
Now closed.
Last visited 1999.
Claughton Street / Barrow Street
Detroits (Jaxx Cafe Bar) (Bi Al's Bar)
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The plain modern decor had wooden floor and pastel walls in this well kept cafe bar.
Last visited 2004.
Duke Street / Rigby Street
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Diamonds (Bar X) (Work Bar) (Saints Bar) Re-opened in 2012 as Saints Bar, with Blessed Club upstairs.
Not visited.
Bridge Street / Water Street
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Dreem This shop conversion is a plain friendly corridor bar, clean and tidy.
Last visited December 2018.
Westfield Street
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Duke of Cambridge
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A pleasant plain bar side and a nicely appointed lounge with dark wood and stained plaster walls. The usual silly quotes painted on the walls.
Last visited 2004.
Duke Street / New Cross
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Duke's Bistro I think this may have been a bistro more than a bar.
Now closed.
Not visited.
Duke Street
Exchange Vaults Closed and boarded up.
Not visited.
Union Street
Flex 2 Their website says: You don't have to be gay to drink here, but it helps.
Reopened August 2011 after a period of closure.
Closed January 2013.
Not visited.
Tolver Street
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George
Hand pump
From the outside this place is two terraced houses joined together. Inside is a pleasant traditional two bar pub.
Last visited September 2018.
George Street / Hall Street
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Globe
Pic
This very large impressive 20s/30s(?) building contains a nicely decorated and well cared for two-sided pub, very quiet when I visited on a Thursday evening. LSTV.
Now closed.
Last visited 2004.
Standish Street / 142 Hardshaw Street
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Golden Lion A very well cared for two-sided back street boozer.
Last visited June 2018.
Lyon Street / Pigot Street
Map
Green Room The one plain room in this shop conversion was full of students waiting for the live music when I visited on a Thursday evening back in 2004, and nothing much seems to have changed since. Clean and tidy.
Last visited July 2018.
Duke Street / New Cross
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Hour Glass (Yates') Very modern styling in this two storey high-ceilinged glass palace.
Yates' was reported closed in 2008, The Hour Glass which replaced it closed in 2011.
Last visited 2003.
Bridge Street / Chalon Way
Ice Cafe
Not visited.
Ormskirk Street / King Street
Map
Jokers Bar Reported to be closed.
Not visited.
48 Ormskirk Street
Map
Kazbar A bright and breezy one room boozer in a former furniture warehouse.
Last visited July 2018.
Duke Street / The Landings
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Lamb (Lamb Hotel) (Ye Olde England)
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Hand pump
Inside this splendid old building the very nice traditional partly knocked through interior features wood panelling and leaded glass.
Last visited July 2018.
113 Corporation Street / College Street
Map
Lincoln A young persons' one bar pub with an impressive video wall. Busy and noisy on a Friday night.
Now closed.
Last visited 1999.
 
Liverpool Arms A plain clean and tidy down market two sided boozer, serving very cheap beer.
Now closed and demolished.
Last visited 2003.
Liverpool Road / Westfield Street
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Maloneys This noisy fun Irish-themed bar/night club was full of people drinking cocktails and shorts. I thought the barman was a good juggler until a bottle slipped from his grasp and shot across the room to hit the wall.
Reported closed in 2010.
Last visited 2004.
Waterloo Street / Milk Street
Market Tavern (Market Place) (Retro) (Carvery Tavern)
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Hand pump
A nice, mostly knocked through pub with pleasant traditional decor very nicely done, and they served a fine pint of Boddies back in 2004. Pool table and LSTV.
Not visited since the name changes. Reported to be closed in 2011, but soon back in action and still serving fine ale.
Last visited December 2018.
Bridge Street / Milk Street
Map
Nelson (Nelson Hotel) (Fluid Bar)
Hand pump
A very large pub with a good interior with a few splendid old features including a dark wood and cut glass partition.
Reported closed in 2010, but soon re-opened.
Unsurprisingly busy on a Saturday afternoon, with everyone watching the rugby.
Last visited June 2018.
Bridge Street / Water Street
Map
News Room
GBG

Not visited.
Duke Street
Map
Orange House
Pic
The nicely done interior in this large one-roomed pub reminded me of Wetherspoons' style. Reported closed in 2007.
Last visited 2004.
Duke Street / Oxford Street
Map
Park Hotel Closed.
Not visited.
North Road
Perry's Bar A small plain corridor bar, empty on a Saturday afternoon but I bet it's packed later.
Last visited July 2018.
Duke Street / New Cross Street
Map
Phoenix Inn
Hand pump
A very nicely done out traditional two-sided pub, looking perhaps a little tatty outside, but fine inside. Quality real ales are served.
Last visited September 2018.
Canal Street / Bold Street
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Punch Tarmey's A modern styled chain pub, rather nicely done. Four handpumps but no real ale on my visit.
Last visited December 2018.
Westfield Street / Water Street
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Raven Lodge
Pic
In 1999 I described this as a large ordinary one bar pub. Revisiting in 2004 I found an impressive refurbishment has improved the interior no end. There's a small stage for live music, a pool table and an LSTV as well as comfortable pleasant drinking areas. I still think the beams look fake, although an email informs me they are original. A former manager once told me this place is haunted!
Now closed.
Last visited 2004.
Church Street / Shaw Street
Map
Rendezvous
Pic
A small, rather pleasant room decorated with a musical theme and a much larger room next door not in use when I visited but presumably used for the regular live music.
Last visited September 2018.
Parr Street / Church Street
Map
Rifle (Rifle Hotel) (Macey's Bar)
Pic
This large corner house looks a bit naff from the outside but we found a pleasant well cared for interior with a bar, a lounge and a partly knocked through back room with LSTV. It was very quiet on a Thursday evening. Not visited since it was renamed. Reported closed in 2009.
Last visited 2004.
83 Duke Street / Lowe Street
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Rioja (Joseph O'Neill)
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The decor in this small one-room bar is much nicer and more restrained than in many "Irish" bars. Regular live music. LSTV.
Not visited since it's change to a tapas restaurant and lounge bar.
Last visited 2004.
Duke Street / Hamer Street
Map
Rockware Pub (Shaw Street Social Club)
Not visited.
Standish Street / Shaw Street
Map
Royal Alfred
Pic
This large corner house by the station has a rather pleasant fake antique interior with the usual dusty bottles on a high shelf and stupid quotations. The decor is well thought out and not over the top.
Re-opened mid-2018 after a period closed and boarded up.
Last visited September 2018.
Shaw Street / George Street
Map
Royal Tavern (Royal Tavern) (Bureau)
Hand pump
The Royal Tavern: A nice traditionally decorated two bar pub with a "cockney" theme including some dubious examples of rhyming slang on the walls. Who brews the very nice house beers? Reported closed in December 2009.
Not visited since it re-opened as a sports bar in 2011.
Last visited 1999.
Westfield Street
Map
Sefton
Hand pump
1999: A nicely done out disco pub, popular on a Friday night with a broad range of musical styles.
2018: A comfortable food and drink pub in the Wetherspoon's style.
Last visited December 2018.
Baldwin Street / Westfield Street
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Sophie's Bar (Alexander's Cafe)
Pic
Two shops knocked into one plain clean and tidy bar with large windows. Not visited since it was renamed.
Now closed.
Last visited 2004.
Duke Street / Rigby Street
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Swan
Pic
This classic street corner boozer has a number of rooms partially knocked through round an island counter. A pleasant friendly atmosphere and traditional decor.
Last visited June 2018.
Corporation Street / Hall Street
Map
Talbot Ale House (Sportsmans Inn)
GBG
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Hand pump
The exterior of the Sportsman's looked somewhat down at heel, despite the impressive pillared porch. Inside, however, was a nice plain bar side and a very well appointed lounge with some fine old leaded glass windows.
The Talbot is a bit of a change, the outside is looking much better and they've kept the pleasant interior and added a wide selection of real ales. The one I tried was perfect.
Last visited June 2018.
97 Duke Street / Talbot Street
Map
Travellers Rest A pleasant two bar local, looking a touch tatty in places. Some nice stained glass in the front windows. Now closed and been demolished.
Last visited 2004.
Crab Street / Fox Place
Map
Turk's Head
GBG
Hand pump
A very impressive old building contains a nicely decorated friendly multi-roomed pub. A wide selection of quality real ales is served, in lined glasses for a full pint.
Last visited June 2018.
Cooper Street / Morley Street
Map
Union Inn
Pic
This traditional friendly corner house has a plain bar side and a pleasant two room lounge side.
Last visited 2004.
Standish Street / 145 Hall Street
Map
Wetherspoon's Glass House
Hand pump
This medium-sized Wetherspoon's has nice modern decor and serves their usual range of excellent beer. Always busy, and unusually most of the customers seem to be drinking rather than eating.
Last visited September 2018.
Market Street / Foundary Street
Map
Wetherspoon's Running Horses (Chicago Rock Cafe)
Hand pump
An above average Wetherspoon's, pleasant and comfortable with efficient staff.
Last visited June 2018.
Water Street / Chalon Way
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Wheatsheaf
Hand pump
A small pleasant wooden floored one room pub. LSTV. The guest beers are from the Tetley's "Tapsters" scheme and elsewhere, and a blackboard provides tasting notes. A nice tiled frieze on the bar.
In 2018 it seems to be open evenings only.
Last visited 1999.
36 Westfield Street / Rigby Street South
Map
Yellow Rose Closed
Not visited.
39 North Road
Map