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Trap & Hatch, Liverpool

Pub added by Al Bundy
South Rd
Waterloo
Postal town: Liverpool
L22 0LH

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Real Ale Ray left this review about Trap & Hatch

Two ales on handpump on my Monday evening visit, which were Southwold Fat Sprat and Ilkley Ruby Mild. I went for the latter which was in excellent shape, so it did warrant a second pint. The interior was one room, with grey painted walls, black painted floorboards, including a floor hatch with the pub's name inscribed into it. The banquette seating was a maroon colour and the comfortable upholstered chairs were finished in a grey fabric. The bar area found at the rear of this micropub was finished in rough cut pine, with a polished oak counter. The corrugated ceiling tiles also added interest, along with a plasma screen showing a waterfall, to add some serenity. The pub didn't have any music playing and there was no sign of any food being served.

On 21st April 2019 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about Trap & Hatch

Opened in Autumn 2016, this is a very smartly presented micropub in a former shop unit just a short walk from Waterloo station. A white tiled porch leads into a typical micropub room with dark grey walls and a nice old wood floor with a couple of hatches clearly visible - perhaps where the pub's name comes from? The servery covers most of the back wall and has a rustic, chunky wood plank counter and simple bar back. The ceiling has been covered with corrugated iron cut into squares and arranged in opposing directions to create what I assume was a cheap but rather effective decorative look. A long and very comfortable banquette runs down the right hand wall in support of three tables, with two more in the centre of the room served by comfy chairs with large metal rings hung from the back of each, the purpose of which I couldn't figure out. A few board games were stacked up at one end of the servery including a Game of Thrones game and there was a TV screen near the entrance showing a still image of a bluebell filled woodland. A board outside the pub was promoting live music and a smoke house, but I saw no evidence of either. However, as I was leaving, a few people emerged from a previously unseen door to the left of the bar, which suggests that there is a rear room with enough space for live music and perhaps dining facilities. I was the only customer in the front bar for the duration of my mid week afternoon visit.
Micropubs are normally pretty reliable places to find interesting beers even if the pubs themselves aren't that interesting, and this place didn't let me down. Three handpulls offered Electric Bear Persuasion and Spilt Milk plus Cross Bay Sunset Blonde. The Spilt Milk was £3.20 a pint and turned out to be a rather good example of a milk stout, served to me by a polite but decidedly taciturn barman. Keg options included brews from Dark Star and Anarchy as well as at least three ciders.
This is quite a nice pub that has clearly had more time to bed in than the nearby Four Ashes, but still lacks some of the character you come to expect from a good pub. The place clearly knows how to look after its beer and I would be interested to see how a food offering works in a micropub, but it didn't strike me as the sort of place you'd want to linger beyond the one pint.

On 13th May 2017 - rating: 6
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Al Bundy left this review about Trap And Hatch

A "micropub and smokehouse". 2 real ales available at the moment.

On 4th December 2016 - no rating submitted
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