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The Turks Head, St. Helens

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49-51 Morley Street
St. Helens
WA10 2DQ
Phone: 01744751289
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Will Larter left this review about The Turks Head

An extravagant building in mock tudor style, and inside an extravagance of beers: 14 on hand pumps (I didn't check the keg offerings), from a multitude of breweries, with only Ossett and Thornbridge doubly represented (unless counting Bombardier as Marstons). Both the beers we had poured frothily, but were not particularly well conditioned, which may be because of a fault with the cask breather (I'm not an expert). My half of Marstons Owd Roger 7.4% was not as good as I've had this beer in bottled form, and that's not something I'll admit to very often. Nevertheless, we enjoyed our visit here as it's a pleasant pub with friendly staff and customers who made us feel right at home.

On 27th January 2020 - rating: 7
[User has posted 2564 recommendations about 2423 pubs]


Pub SignMan left this review about The Turks Head

This is a cracking two-bar traditional pub in the back streets of St Helens, just a short walk from the town centre. The side porch offers a choice of entrances, with the Bar to the left and Lounge to the right, each indicated by attractive stained-glass panes in the respective doors. Following the left-hand door, you descend a couple of steps to a lower level main bar area. This room has long, comfy banquette seating along the front wall with some sturdy looking chairs in support, whilst the servery runs down the rear wall, with its plain counter and nice mirrored bar back decorated with collections of jugs and pump clips. To one side of the bar, there are some lovely stained-glass windows bearing the pub’s name in a style similar to the ‘Bar’ and ‘Lounge’ panes seen in the entrance porch. Large ceramic beer jugs fill the window sills and there is an attractive fireplace to the left with a large TV screen above showing a live rugby union fixture with the commentary turned on. A bookcase to the side of the TV screen was well stocked with numerous titles including a fair few old editions of the Good Beer Guide. Stairs lead up to the carpeted left hand side of the pub where you’ll find a pool table and dartboard, some nice wood panelled walls and a collection of beer trays, but rather limited seating options. The majority of the seating options can be found in the rear lounge bar, although I only took a brief peek round here, so didn’t get a chance to explore it properly.
The pub has a keen focus on cask ale, offering a wide range of options including Oakham Bishop’s Farewell, Morland Old Speckled Hen, Hop Back Summer Lightning, Moorhouse Pride of Pendle, Langton Rainbow Bridge, Camerons Sanctuary, Pardoes Sweet Chariot and something called Raven Ale, all available on the front bar, with several more on in the lounge including Courage Directors and Ossett Excelsior. I tried the Bishop’s farewell which was in excellent condition and served to me by a very friendly, welcoming barmaid, who had a chat with all the customers as they slowly accumulated over the course of my visit.
I thought this was an excellent pub with a smart, comfortable interior, some excellent beer and fine customer service. There seemed to be a nice vibe here, with the locals happy to chat to newcomers and the comfy seating creating a homely feel that made it difficult to drag yourself away. This place is well worth the walk out of town to check out and was probably the pick of the five pubs I visited in St Helens.

On 16th December 2019 - rating: 9
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Brainy Pool left this review about The Turks Head

the other reviews describe it well enough. real ale paradise on a nothing street outside the town centre. pretty much totally traditional although it was showing football on a big screen today - god forbid!

On 15th September 2018 - rating: 10
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Map location corrected by Alan Hurdle
St Helens Central, 0.89 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Thatto Heath, 1.96 miles, 37 min walk (show)
Lea Green, 2.88 miles, 55 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Turks Head, St. Helens
27th Jan 2020, 17:53
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26th Jan 2020, 16:46
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 16 December 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 16 December 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 18 December 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 16 December 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - Discount amount not stated by St Helens CAMRA - last updated 18 December 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 15 September 2018 by Brainy Pool
  • Darts : Yes last updated 15 September 2018 by Brainy Pool
  • Dog Friendly : Yes - very - last updated 15 September 2018 by Brainy Pool
  • Hot Food : Yes - Not Friday & Saturday - last updated 18 December 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Karaoke : No last updated 16 December 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 16 December 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 16 December 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 16 December 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 16 December 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 16 December 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Tuesday - last updated 18 December 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 15 September 2018 by Brainy Pool
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 16 December 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 16 December 2019 by Pub SignMan
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