8 Historic Pubs In Liverpool – Part 2

As promised, here is the second part of our look at historic pubs in Liverpool. Here we go through the final four.

5. The Baltic Fleet: Named after the contingent of Baltic crews that used to account for a large part of its custom, the pub has a rich maritime history having served sailors & locals for 170 years. Opened in 1853, it is located on Wapping, adjacent to the docks, & has a unique little quirk of sitting in the middle of 3 roads. Local folklore suggest it was a hotspot for pressganging. Imagine waking up with a cracking hangover only to realise you’re out in the middle of the sea! It has tunnels underneath that still exist today; one heading in the direction of the docks, believed to have been used for victualling ships, smuggling and said pressganging, the second tunnel points at the old red light area of Cornhill (you can connect the dots for what that one may have been built for!…). A great pub and a good pint, however annoyingly they now only take card payments (booo!)

6. The Roscoe Head: One of my favourites on this list. Tucked away on Roscoe St, just off Leece St at the top end of town, the Roscoe Head is a great little pub. Emphasis on the word little, you’ll need to get in handy if you want to be guaranteed a seat on a Friday or Saturday evening. According to its website, the pub was built sometime in the 1830s. A real traditional pub with a cozy atmosphere. It’s named after William Roscoe, a prominent Liverpool lawyer, MP & historian who was a vocal critic of the slave trade.

7. Situated on the corner of Moorfields across the road from the train station, in the business district, The Lion Tavern is a real traditional pub with a lovely original interior. Opened in 1840. It was named CAMRA’s Pub of Excellence in 2022.

8. The Vines. AKA ‘The Big House’ has stood next to the Adelphi on the corner of Lime Street and Copperas Hill since 1867. It was taken over by the Walkers, owners of the Warrington brewing family and founders of the Walker Art Gallery, who commissioned it to be rebuilt as its current incarnation in 1907. It has changed hands again recently and undergone a complete refurbishment.

There are so many more that I haven’t had time to include on this list. Honourable mention to the White Star, Peter Kavanaghs & The Vernon Arms too 🙂

Locals and flat roofed pubs could have separate categories of their own.

Why not make it a point of popping in for a quick one…(or three) purely for research purposes, obviously.