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Another real ale pub near the business district of Liverpool, The Vernon Arms caters well for lovers of bitters, ales, stouts and porters and is always packed out after work during the week.

There are six cask ale handpumps (Rev James is ubiquitous), generally serving a range of dependable session beers from around the region. Expect some guest ciders and European lagers on draught at all times – Fruli and Hoegaarden are popular. On busy Friday and Saturday nights you can see live entertainment – and big screen sports at other times.

There’s food available at the Vernon every day, very much of the common-or-garden variety – think burgers, lasagna and sandwiches – but at a fiver a pop they’re amongst the cheapest meals you can pick up in Liverpool and enjoy with a pint.

Following a period in the in the murky 80s when the pub was was popular among the city’s politicians – the Vernon Arms was supposedly Derek Hatton’s favourite boozer – the pub fell into dereliction. However, the new millennium saw the Vernon lovingly restored; the pub reopened in 2009 and has thrived ever since. The Vernon boasts a usually-busy bar and a snug little enclave perfect for boozing and chinwagging.