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Housed in what’s supposedly one of Liverpool’s oldest buildings still in existence, Thomas Rigby’s is a large real-ale pub that’s a popular destination of everyone who works around Liverpool’s business district on a Friday night. Rigby’s is always likely to be busy between 5-7pm as a result, especially if there’s a game on – lunchtimes and later at night should be quieter though.

After work the pub will be packed with customers looking to unwind and avail themselves of the wide choice of ales: Okell’s, Jennings, Salopian and similar session ales are always available, plus locals such as Liverpool Craft and Melwood and visitors from further afield. There’s a couple of craft lagers and a wide choice of bottled beers – but don’t neglect the wide rage of gins either.

Don’t ask for a taste in this Liverpool pub if you’re something of a beer connoisseur, though, you won’t get one if the landlady is indoors – a bizarre policy that must lose the pub hundreds every year. The staff are, on the whole, friendly and knowledgeable however.

Rigby’s shares a large, cobbled courtyard with The Lady Of Mann: one of surprisingly few places to drink outdoors in this part of town in summer. The pub is well worth visiting if only to take in its magnificent Grade II-listed interior, particularly the Nelson Room at the rear of the pub to the rear with oak-panelled walls, brick fireplace and bell pushes.

There are value meals available throughout the day – pies, sarnies, burgers and the like but really Thomas Rigby’s is about a good pint in pleasant surroundings. The pub is situated on Dale Street in the business district and forms a part of a very good ale trail with similar real-ale pubs nearby. If things get too much Moorfields, for the Northern and Wirral lines, is just around the corner.