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The Richard John Blackler (JD Wetherspoon), Liverpool Central, Liverpool

Unit 1-3, Charlotte Row, Great Charlotte Street
Liverpool
L1 1HU
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J D Wetherspoon

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Jon B left this review about The Richard John Blackler (JD Wetherspoon)

with so many interesting pubs in Liverpool, I rarely visit the Wetherspoons branches in the city. but if I do, it's usually this one. though slightly worn in places it's pleasantly decorated, and with 12 handpumps on the bar you can't go wrong here for ale. it's extremely open plan but does have some nice booth seating as well as some massive windows through which you can watch the world go by.

On 16th August 2018 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Richard John Blackler (JD Wetherspoon)

This large Wetherspoons pub located roughly midway between Lime Street and Central stations, is named after the founder of Blackler's department store, the ground floor of which this pub partly occupies. The store seems to have been something of a Liverpool institution for eighty years before it closed in 1988, employing one thousand people at the peak of its success, including a certain George Harrison, who worked here as an apprentice electrician before finding gainful employment elsewhere. (In other Beatles news, Pete Best's mother apparently bought him his first drum kit from Blackler's music department).
Today we find a sizeable 'Spoons venue with a U shaped interior wrapped around a centrally positioned servery which describes a similar shape. Loads of high tables and stools fill the large space between the bar and front windows which have pleasant stained glass detail in places. To the right is another large seating area with loads of standard seating under half panelled walls with some decorative flower features above. This area is carpeted and has some good booths with smart partitioning screens before running to the rear where several steps lead up to a raised seating area that almost feels like a separate room and offers a couple more booths and plenty more tables and chairs. The left side of the pub is also under a long row of windows and is nice and light as a result. There is a whole load of additional seating here and I was surprised to find it was already very difficult to find a free table on a Saturday morning visit. The usual local information boards could be found all around the room, including one detailing the history of the song 'Ferry Cross the Mersey' on a pillar opposite the bar. Several TV screens were spotted throughout but rather unusually, they all remained switched off for the duration of my visit.
This branch of the Wetherspoons empire has made it into the 2017 Good Beer Guide, so I was looking forward to a decent pint here to kick off my day in Liverpool. There were seven guest ales on the hand pumps alongside four 'Spoons regulars and one unclipped pump. I tried a pint of the Red Star Havana Moon - a rich, moreish oatmeal stout that I savoured every last drop of. A worthy GBG addition based on that pint.
This pub's use of an interesting local building elevates it slightly from the usual humdrum city centre Wetherspoons experience and although there are no obvious links to the building's past, it's still nice that the memories of so many local's are kept alive in some way by maintaining public access to the site. I thought the beer and service here were above the usual standard and would suggest this is a safe bet for anyone wanting a quick pint before their train.

On 8th March 2017 - rating: 7
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custodian 42 left this review about The Richard John Blackler (JD Wetherspoon)

I've been here twice in the last few months and have had no problems being served. There is a good choice of ales today. Not the best Spoons but nowhere near the worst.

On 14th October 2016 - rating: 6
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Liverpool Central, 0.18 miles, 3 min walk (show)
Liverpool Central Loop Line, 0.18 miles, 3 min walk (show)
Liverpool Lime Street, 0.24 miles, 4 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 10 February 2017 by ROB Camra
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  • CAMRA Discount : No - JDW vouchers only - last updated 10 February 2017 by ROB Camra
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  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 06 September 2018 by Jon B
  • Darts : No last updated 10 February 2017 by ROB Camra
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  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 06 September 2018 by Jon B
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  • Quiz Night : No last updated 10 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 06 September 2018 by Jon B
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 10 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 10 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 06 September 2018 by Jon B
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