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Monday, 3 August 2015

A Tour of Waterloo pubs – part 3

Stamps Too
Turn right out of Waterloo railway station, cross the road and in a minute you will reach Stamps Too, a pub that is noted for two main things: decent beer and live music.

First the beer: they have five changing guest real ales and on my visit, they were serving: Liverpool Organic Brewery Bier Head; Parker Centurion; First Chop AVA; Redwillow Mirthless Pale Ale; and Thirstly Cross Whisky Cask Cider. With the exception of the cider, which is from Scotland, these are all local. Stamps Too prefers to supporting local breweries, which is why it is the CAMRA Liverpool Branch Locale Pub of the Year, awarded for supporting local beers. I had three of the beers, and all were in good form. 

There was a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, and I unexpectedly bumped into a couple of people I knew there. The boss told me about winning the Locale Award, but added that he hadn't officially been told about it yet. Stamps Too is at 99 South Road, Waterloo. Enquiries: 0151 280 0035. 

The Liver Hotel
Just down the road is the Liver. It is a local landmark as it prominently sits on the corner of Crosby Road North. It is externally an attractive pub with an outdoor drinking area to the front, and inside it has several rooms which have retained some woodwork and original features. 

They have changing guest beers: the beers on offer when I was there were Sharp's Doom Bar and Robinson's Dizzy Blonde; there was also a George Wright pump clip, but it wasn't on at the time. There is a generous 20% discount if you produce your CAMRA membership card. 

As for food: there is a good value menu, a specials board and they have just introduced a menu of pizzas that will be all made on site. Events they put on include: live bands on Saturday, open mike night on Sunday, and a percussion workshop every Monday. They intend to put on darts nights soon and they show Sky Sports. The Liver is at 137 South Road, Waterloo, L22 0LT. Phone: 0151 928 1708.

To see the rest of the Waterloo pub crawl, click here for part 1 and here for part 2.

This is part of a series of articles that I am writing for the CAMRA column in our local paper, the Southport Visiter. Previous reviews are here.

2 comments:

  1. Martin, Cambridge5 August 2015 at 19:26

    I was very impressed with Stamps Too on visit 5 years ago - the music, though largely covers, was wonderful and a beer range similar to the one you saw recently provided high quality beer to a mixed crowd. Waterloo/Crosby is a gem.

    What do you think of the Organic beers ? I've largely come across them in some upmarket/Ember type pubs on Merseyside where low beer turnover was letting down quality.

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  2. I find they're generally good. I do like 24 Carat Gold, and Shipwreck tastes good, but at 6.5% is deceptive.

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