ST HELENS TOWN

PubBeerCommentsLocation
Barry's
Not visited.
 
Beecham's Bar and Brewery Hand pumpguests, Hand pumpown stuff, Thwaites 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
Beehive
Not visited.
 
Bell and Barrell Hand pumpCastle Eden, Hand pumpFlowers, Boddingtons / Carling, Heineken A pleasant plastic two roomed new construction on a Leisure Park. Reported closed in 2012 but expected to re-open soon, called BamBoo Bar.
Last visited 1999.
King Street / Westfield Street
Bird I' Th' Hand Hand pumpGreenalls, Hand pumpTetley / Carlsberg 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
Black Bull Hand pumpGreenalls / Carling 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
Brasserie Chalon
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Hand pumpGreenalls / Carling, Carlsberg 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 1999.
Barrow Street
Breeze Tetley / Carling, Carlsberg, Stella 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 23.00 on a Thursday the place was deserted. LSTV.
Last visited 2004.
King Street / Duke Street
Bullion Reported closed in 2012.
Not visited.
Church Street
Buzby's Bar John Smith's, Webster's / Foster's 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
Cafe Chloe Reported closed 2011 and now a restaurant.
Not visited.
Ormskirk Street / Barrow Street
Citadel
Not visited.
Waterloo Street / Milk Street
Clarendon Hotel Greenalls / Carling 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
Counting House (Forum 44) (Assembly) Hand pumpvarious 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.
Last visited 2013.
16 Hardshaw Street
Cowley Vaults Boddingtons, John Smith's, Tetley / Carling, Foster's 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 fetures some very nice ceramics - I must revisit in daylight.
Not visited since it was renamed.
Last visited 2004.
50 Cooper Street / Arnot Close
Cricketer's Arms
GBG
John Smith's, Stones / Carling, Foster's A pleasant plain two sided pub in an old-looking building. The lounge side is decorated with mirrors and old posters advertising Greenall's, but they don't seem to sell it.
In 2014 I received a report that this pub is now an excellent source of real ale.
Last visited 2003.
64 Peter Street / Lyon Street
Cruisers Reported closed.
Not visited.
Ormskirk Street, opposite Jokers
CT's Bistro Bar
Not visited.
Westfield Street
Detroits (Bear and Barrow) John Smith's, Tetley, Worthington / Carling 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.
Reported converted to a restaurant in 2008.
Last visited 1999.
Claughton Street / Barrow Street
Duke of Cambridge
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John Smith's, Tetley / Carling, Carlsberg 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.
Added to the Good Beer Guide in 2013.
Last visited 2004.
27 Duke Street / New Cross
Duke's Bistro I think this may be a bistro more than a bar.
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
Float
Not visited.
 
George Hotel Greenalls, Stones, Tetley / Carling, Foster's From the outside this place is three terraced houses joined together. Inside is a plain traditional two bar pub.
Last visited 2003.
George Street / Hall Street
Globe
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Greenalls, Tetley / Carling 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
Golden Lion Double Diamond, John Smith's, Stones, Tetley / Carling, Carlsberg This pleasantly decorated but slightly worn cosy three room two bar pub was under new management according to the sign. The side room is designated "No Smoking", an unusual (but welcome) feature in a back street boozer.
Last visited 2003.
Lyon Street / Pigot Street
Green Room Boddingtons, John Smith's / 1664, Foster's The one small plain room was full of students waiting for the live music when I visited on a Thursday evening.
Last visited 2004.
Duke Street / New Cross
Hour Glass (Yates') Boddingtons, John Smith's / 1664, Budweiser (US), Carling, Stella 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
Jaxx Cafe Bar
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John Smith's, Tetley / Budweiser (US), Carling, Stella The plain modern decor has wooden floor and pastel walls in this well kept cafe bar.   Live musicDay4 Day6 Day7
Last visited 2004.
Duke Street / Rigby Street
Jokers Bar Reported to be closed.
Not visited.
48 Ormskirk Street
Joseph O'Neill
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Worthington / Carlsberg, Foster's The decor in this small one-room bar is much nicer and more restrained than in many "Irish" bars. Regular live music. LSTV.
Last visited 2004.
Duke Street / Hamer Street
Landings
Not visited.
87 Ormskirk Street
Lincoln Greenalls / Carling, Carlsberg A young persons' one bar pub with an impressive video wall. Busy and noisy on a Friday night.
Last visited 1999.
 
Liverpool Arms Double Diamond, Stones, Tetley / Carlsberg A plain clean and tidy down market two sided boozer, serving very cheap beer.
Last visited 2003.
Liverpool Road / Westfield Street
Macey's Bar (Rifle Hotel)
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John Smith's, Tetley / Carlsberg, Stella 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
Maloneys John Smith's / Foster's 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 Place (Market Place) (Retro) (Carvery Tavern)
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Hand pumpBoddingtons, Hand pumpguest, John Smith's / 1664, Carlsberg, Foster's A nice, mostly knocked through pub with pleasant traditional decor very nicely done, and they serve a fine pint of Boddies. Pool table and LSTV.
Not visited since the name changes. Reported to be closed in 2011, I'm told it has now re-opened under its original Market Place name.
Last visited 2004.
Bridge Street / Milk Street
Nelson Hotel (Nelson Hotel) (Fluid Bar) Greenalls, John Smith's / Budweiser (US), Carlsberg, Miller A very large pub with a slightly odd interior which mixes disco lights and neon lamps with some splendid old features including a dark wood and cut glass partition. It looks a little worn in places. The sign which advertised ten pool tables upstairs when I visited in 1999 now claims only five.
Not visited since the 2006 name change and refurbishment.
Reported closed in 2010, and more recently I'm told it has re-opened under its original name.
Last visited 2004.
Bridge Street / Water Street
News Room
GBG

Not visited.
Duke Street
Orange House
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John Smith's / Foster's, Stella 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
Panama Joe's
Not visited.
Westfield Street / Water Street
Park Hotel
Not visited.
North Road
Phoenix Inn
GBG
Boddingtons, Tetley / Carlsberg, Stella A very nicely done out traditional two-sided pub. Reported in 2010 to be serving a range of real ales.
Last visited 2003.
Canal Street / Bold Street
Raven Lodge
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John Smith's, Tetley / 1664, Carlsberg 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!   Live musicDay5 Day6
Last visited 2004.
Church Street / Shaw Street
Rendezvous
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Double Diamond, Rendezvous Special, Tetley / Carling, Carlsberg A small, rather pleasant one room pub decorated with a musical theme. There's a large restaurant (I think) next door which was shut when I visited.
Last visited 2004.
Parr Street / Church Street
Royal Alfred
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John Smith's 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. Despite the "Porter's Ale House" branding, real ale was not available when I visited.
Last visited 2003.
Shaw Street / George Street
Royal Tavern (Royal Tavern) (Bureau) Hand pumpHammersmith, Hand pumpWembley 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. Closed again in 2012 and re-opened with its original name.
Last visited 1999.
21 Westfield Street
Saints Bar (Bar X) (Work Bar) Re-opened in 2012 as Saints Bar, with Blessed Club upstairs.
Not visited.
Bridge Street / Water Street
Savoy Cafe Bar
Not visited.
Bridge Street / Exchange Street
Sefton
GBG
Greenalls, Tetley A nicely done out disco pub, popular on a Friday night with a broad range of musical styles.
Sixteen years since my one and only visit, it's been added to the Good Beer Guide which suggests something of a change of style.
Last visited 1999.
Baldwin Street / Westfield Street
Shaw Street Social Club
Not visited.
Standish Street / Shaw Street
Sophie's Bar (Alexander's Cafe)
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Tetley, Thwaites / Carling, Stella, Warsteiner Two shops knocked into one plain clean and tidy bar with large windows. Not visited since it was renamed.   KaraokeDay4
Last visited 2004.
Duke Street / Rigby Street
Swan
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Falstaff, John Smith's, Tetley / 1664, Carling, Foster's This corner house has four rooms partially knocked through with one bar. A pleasant friendly atmosphere and traditional decor. LSTV.
Last visited 2004.
Corporation Street / Hall Street
Talbot Ale House (Sportsmans Inn)
GBG
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Boddingtons, John Smith's / Carling, Stella The exterior of the Sprtsman'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.
Not visited since it was renamed.
Last visited 2004.
97 Duke Street / Talbot Street
Travellers Rest John Smith's, Stones / Carling, Carlsberg A pleasant two bar local, looking a touch tatty in places. Some nice stained glass in the front windows. I'm told this has closed and been demolished.
Last visited 2004.
Crab Street / Fox Place
Turk's Head
GBG
Hand pumpguest, Tetley / Carling, Carlsberg A very impressive old building contains a nicely decorated friendly multi-roomed pub. A pint of Gale's HSB was a nice surprise in an area where most pubs are keg only.
Last visited 2004.
Cooper Street / Morley Street
Union Inn
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Boddingtons, Tetley / Carlsberg 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
Wetherspoon's Glass House Hand pumpusuals This medium-sized Wetherspoon's has nice modern decor and serves their usual range of excellent beer. Rather surprisingly I found almost no-one eating on a recent Sunday afternoon visit.
Last visited 2013.
Market Street / Foundary Street
Wetherspoon's Running Horses (Chicago Rock Cafe) A Lloyd's No. 1 bar.
Not visited.
Water Street / Chalon Way
Wheatsheaf Hand pumpguest, Hand pumpTetley, Tetley / 4X, Carlsberg, Stella 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.
Last visited 1999.
36 Westfield Street / Rigby Street South
Ye Olde England (Lamb Hotel)
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John Smith's, Stones / Carling, Foster's Inside this splendid old building the very nice traditional partly knocked through interior features wood panelling and leaded glass.
Not visited since its renaming. I'm told they now do good real ale, the report being confirmed by inclusion in the Good Beer Guide 2013.
Last visited 2003.
113 Corporation Street / College Street
Yellow Rose
Not visited.
39 North Road
Zoo
Not visited.
Westfield Street / Water Street