The Lion Tavern is the second pub opposite Liverpool’s old Exchange Station, being situated next door to the Railway, and has been open at least 150 years; it’s brimming with ‘old-pub’ charm – with a wonderfully ornate mosaic bar and a decorative glazed dome in the ceiling of one of the two snugs.
No wonder CAMRA recognises its historic interior as nationally important, there aren’t many pubs that offer wood panelling, tiles and William Morris wallpaper.
Expect real ales, with eight handpulls offering a mix of reliable and offbeat range of brews (Deuchars, Robinsons, Youngs etc) and real ciders, but also inspect the exceptional range of single malt whiskeys – so much so that a whiskey society meets there several times a year to sniff, swill and sip. Every Tuesday the Lion Tavern hosts two quizzes with cash prizes.
There’s simple pub grub in the form of local potted shrimps, cheese platters and pork pies for a lunchtime snack, but it’s the camaraderie, character and clientele that are the Lion’s best features. The Lion Tavern is the smaller of the two next-door-neighbour pubs but perfectly formed. Head down for a slice of Liverpool life.
EDIT: As of mid-2016 the Lion is closed due to a rent dispute between the landlords and tenants, bringing to an end over 170 years of continuous use as a pub. Current rumours suggest it’s due to reopen shortly…