The JD Wetherspoon operated North Western pub, located at Liverpool Lime Street railway station. This was the ground floor of the long since closed North Western Hotel, which was designed by Alfred Waterhouse, who also was the lead architect of London’s Natural History Museum.
The ground floor retains its grand appearance, with plenty of space and some very competitive pricing for a railway station hub.
Today is the first day of the JD Wetherspoon beer festival, and there are a number of intriguing and interesting options on the pub chain’s list. They’re not all available at once, so it’ll require multiple visits to try and get to see most of them, but I was pleased to see a beer from the Titanic Brewery. The half of this beer, the Another Pint in the Wall, was perfectly well-kept and drinkable, although this wasn’t a drink with strong flavours.
I’m not quite sure why this pub isn’t in the Good Beer Guide, it has more character and more beers than some of other Wetherspoon outlets in the area. No doubt there is a natural limit to how many of their pubs can be listed in the book, but it’s perhaps unfortunate that this isn’t one of them.
Staffing in the pub was efficient and there were no delays to the service, even though the pub was reasonably busy at the bar. The environment was comfortable and the choice of beers, and their prices, was excellent. All rather lovely.