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The Freshfield, Liverpool

1 Massams Lane
Formby
Postal town: Liverpool
L37 7BD
Phone: 01704874871
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Greene King

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Jon B left this review about The Freshfield

well this is the kind of pub anyone would want as their local, but alas we're not all lucky enough to live in Freshfield. the regulars here are something to behold, in my visit I met a charming elderly Scottish ex-cyclist and a renowned former London marathon athlete. Jurgen Klopp and Steven Gerrard are also regulars here. but besides that, it's a really pleasant pub with friendly young staff and an almost excessive choice of ale. it's a little modern and foodie for me but far more charming than i expected.

On 27th June 2018 - rating: 9
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Freshfield

This large pub in a fairly well to do neighbourhood made it into the final four of CAMRA's national pub of the year a few years ago, so I was expecting a typical backstreet alehouse when I visited recently. I was therefore a little surprised to instead find a large dining-style pub set in a rather imposing former hotel. The pub has a very wide and long U-shaped layout with the main bar in the front section which has scuffed floorboards. The main part of the servery runs along the back wall with a dark wood counter and rough bare brick bar back sporting a nicely detailed carved wood feature in the centre with some mirrors set into it. An old punch card clock with a rack of cards next to it can be seen at one end of the bar and there is also an acoustic guitar on display. Some lovely curved banquettes with tub chairs in support fill the front window bays and a barrel next to the front door holds a selection of the day's papers. To the left is a smart fireplace with a decoratively framed mirror above and the room extends some way back on this side, with the bar following it for the first section. There are lots of comfy chairs and sofas down this side under plain mirrors and old photos on walls decorated with modern wallpaper. This runs on through to the rear restaurant which is full of lots of standard tables and chairs and was pretty much bereft of any pub feel. To the right of the bar, a doorway leads past another nice fireplace with a TV screen above, into a smart room with bare brick walls, long benches and standard chairs, decorated with lots more black and white photos. Surprisingly, there is a dartboard to the front and I noticed an upright piano and a bookcase full of old Good Beer Guides towards the rear. Some decent indie music played quietly throughout my visit and the only other customers on a Thursday lunchtime were young mums and their kids and a few retired couples - almost all here for some food.
The pub's alehouse credentials come from the extensive range of beers across fourteen handpulls. The options on this visit were Oakham Citra and JHB, Greene King IPA, London Glory and Abbott Ale, Milton Nero and Minerva, Ruddles Best, Taylor Landlord, Acorn Blonde, Pier 59 Oceanic, Lancaster Centennial, Milestone Aegir and Empire Porter. A great range to go at, but you have to wonder how, on a quiet day such as when I visited, they manage to maintain quality across fourteen casks. Thankfully my pint of the Acorn Blonde was in decent enough shape, so perhaps they really can support such a selection.
This is definitely a destination pub for anyone looking for a wide selection of ales comprised of well known national brands and slightly obscurer brews. The pub itself wasn't quite as expected given the gastro feel through parts of it and the large open spaces, but perhaps things are very different when its busier and it was certainly very clean and well presented. Overall, the place just about won me over and I'm glad I took the train out here to give it a try.

On 22nd May 2017 - rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Freshfield

Substantial pub / restaurant somewhat hidden away in a residential area located some distance back from Formby beach and its sand dunes. 'L'-shaped interior, with the bar along the front, with a small seating area on one side and a much larger dining area stretching backwards on the other. Refurbished with attractive, semi-modern decor throughout. I found ten of the 14 handpumps in operation, and you would never know that this is a Greene King house apart from the IPA clip since this supplemented by a variety of more interesting beers from local and regional breweries, e.g. George Wright Black Swan (£3.15). Well worth hopping of the train at the eponymous station nearby.

On 9th April 2016 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Just a quick pint, then I'm off
Freshfield, 0.33 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Formby, 1.42 miles, 27 min walk (show)
Ainsdale, 3.13 miles, 1 hr 0 min walk (show)
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27th Jun 2018, 21:52
Review submitted by Jon B amended by Jon B
 
27th Jun 2018, 21:39
Review submitted by Jon B amended by Jon B

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 02 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 22 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 02 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 02 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 25p per pint - last updated 23 October 2016 by Old Boots
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 02 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 02 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : Yes last updated 22 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 02 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 02 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 22 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 22 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : No last updated 02 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 02 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 22 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 22 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 22 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 02 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 02 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 02 November 2014 by ROB Camra
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 11pm
Monday11am - 11pm
Tuesday11am - 11pm
Wednesday11am - 11pm
Thursday11am - 11pm
Friday11am - Midnight
Saturday11am - 12noon
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
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Last inspected: January 10th 2018
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