Once upon a time this real-ale nirvana on Rose Lane was rather like a pub in a living room. At busy times you’d count yourself lucky to get a seat in Pi, in the leafy suburb of Mossley Hill, such was its popularity – and cosiness.
When the beer’s as good as it is here, standing room was no bad thing, but this relaxed alehouse subsequently expanded in the building next door, providing many more opportunities for Liverpool’s real-ale aficionados to sup some of the best local brews in the north-west.
Pi also has ales and lagers from around the world, including several on draught at any one time and offers simple, yet excellent, food choices from Pieminster at good prices. With mash, mushy peas and gravy for a quid or so – and a pie for not much more than a fiver – that’s hearty, affordable fare.
Mossley Hill Station is just down the road and the 80A will whisk you from the city centre to just outside the front door, particularly handy if you’re doing the short stagger in the opposite direction. Even better, walk across Sefton Park on your way there from Lark Lane and experience some of Liverpool’s finest scenery.
The ambiance in Pi is rather lovely – like a busy cafe-bar. There’s no music, no TV, no pub paraphernalia. Just beer and people. And it’s all the better for it.