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The Head of Steam, Liverpool Central, Liverpool

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85-89 Hanover Street
L1 3DY
Phone: 01517085688
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ROB Camra left this review about The Head of Steam

This is a huge pub, much bigger than you would think from the outside. A load of booths just inside the entrance near the bar and loads of other areas to both the side and rear of the bar. It's very nicely decorated and is obviously pretty newly refurbished. The barmaid was very chatty and friendly. It wasn't very busy on a Monday night as you might expect, but there were quite a few people dotted about. The ale selection was almost totally Camerons, so I had a Motorhead Road Crew which was OK and then a Kirkstall Ignore The Ignorant, which I hadn't had before, so overall I was quite happy. Ms CAMRA like the red wine, which is why we stayed for two. We'll happily call in again next time we're here.

On 2nd April 2018 - rating: 7
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Al Bundy left this review about The Head of Steam

I'm afraid the initial expectation of this place has somewhat subsided. If you're coming here as a one off it is a good place. However, it has been open for a while now and the beer selection is virtually the same as when it opened. What you see is probably what you'll get in 4 months time, give or take a couple of beers. And for something this big is a bit rubbish. 9 down to a 6. But hey! You may think its great.

As noted this is now called The Head Of Steam. The interior has been totally rearranged with the bar now centrally located. The bar is an island bar so obviously the seating circles the bar. All the handpumps, draught fonts etc are on the right side of the bar. There are 10 handpumps and at least 18 taps for lagery beers. There is also a small bar at the rear of the pub. Seating to the right consists of low tables and chairs at the front, booth seating in the middle and in the raised areas to the back more low tables and chairs. Seating to the left consists of benches and tables. Beers available today were Chapter Brewing Parabola, Neptune Abyss, Liverpool Organic Josephine Butler, Rock The Boat Fab Four, Camerons' Strongarm, Ahopalypse Now and Road Crew, Leeds Brewery Hell Fire and Best. An excellent place

Not too bad a pub. A large open plan pub with a long bar to your right. A tiered area to your left. Real ales available. Formerly The Barracuda. Formerly The Old Monk.

On 13th November 2017 - rating: 6
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Abbey

This large sports oriented pub close to Liverpool Central station, made it into the 2017 Good Beer Guide, so I decided to pay the place a visit when I found myself in the city in early February. However, upon arriving I was confronted with a sign at the bar explaining that ale was no longer available due to supplier issues, so I left without buying anything. Two months later and I was back in Liverpool again and figured I should give the pub a second chance, and I'm pleased that I did, as this time round there were two beers on the five handpulls - Sharps Sea Fury and Conwy Clogwyn Gold at a very respectable £2.50 a pint. I gave the latter a try and it was perfectly drinkable, if a little way short of top quality. There was a reasonable number of other customers in on my midweek visit, but they all seemed to be on the lager, so turnover may be an issue - at least they didn't have all five pumps on the go.
The pub is deceptively large, stretching back a long way from the entrance, and has an overwhelmingly corporate feel to it, with little warmth or charm. Steps take you up through the entrance and into the long but fairly narrow main bar with the servery along the right hand wall. A good deal of comfy seating is arranged under the front windows and walls have a garish floral pattern wallpaper which is quite off-putting. Some high tables and stools run along the left hand wall before the bar appears on the opposite side with a padded counter front and plain mirror bar back decked with fairy lights and topped with some even worse wallpaper. Further back to the left is a raised, two-tier seating area with long banquettes and standard chairs plus a few low backed banquette booths. A smaller raised seating area can be found to the right, past the end of the bar whilst high tables and stools resume their way through the centre. At the far end there is a large split-level space which was roped off for a private event during my visit. The pub is notably bereft of interesting decor but is furnished with a great many TV screens, all of which were showing a documentary about the Grand National which was due to be run that weekend. Music played in direct competition with the TV screens which were not muted and I noticed a cheap and cheerful pub grub menu which a few punters were taking a chance on.
This is a pretty basic pub with no real character which is pitched at those wanting to drink in large groups whilst watching some televised sport. The presence of a couple of ales was a welcome sight and I can imagine there would be times when a bar like this would come in handy, but it all felt very mediocre and I was happy to move on after a quick pint.

On 23rd May 2017 - rating: 6
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2nd Apr 2018, 19:07
Review submitted by ROB Camra
13th Nov 2017, 18:11
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 21 September 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 23 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 21 September 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 21 September 2017 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 20p per pint - last updated 21 September 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 21 September 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 23 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 21 September 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 23 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes - Thursday & Sunday - last updated 21 September 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 21 September 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 21 September 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 23 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 23 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 21 September 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 21 September 2017 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 21 September 2017 by ROB Camra
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