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Volunteer Canteen, Waterloo

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user reviews of Volunteer Canteen, Waterloo

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Only had Salopian Swan Song on this visit. Still much better in character and feeling to be in a proper pub than any of the micros though.
Snarling_Mallard - 24 Dec 2019 23:59
Another classic local pub on an old style terraced street. There is a small narrow public bar and a larger lounge the other side of the bar. if you are in the lounge half drinks are brought to your table. Four ales on had a pint of the 'everyone's happy IPA' which was a nice enough drinkable brew.
Snarling_Mallard - 7 Oct 2019 23:49
Dropped in on completion of Sefton Coastal Walk - very friendly back street boozer - 4 ales on when I dropped in Bass, Summer Lightening and Doom Bar but the one I had Liverpool Organic Brewery- Roscoe Head was top notch - good friendly service to the table - generally unspoilt interior.
kernott1 - 8 Jul 2012 08:49
Friendly backstreet local with 3 real ales - Black Sheep Best Bitter, Caledonian Flying Dutchman and I believe the third was Milkwood Nut Brown Ale. There are two rooms either side of a central bar. The room on the left side has plenty of wood with bookcases and pictures of the local area. The room to the right has a TV showing live football. Overall, a pleasant drinking environment.
blue_scrumpy - 3 Apr 2011 12:24
Fabulous traditional, small back street community boozer that's a little off the beaten track. Old fashioned & inviting black & white exterior the main entrance takes you into a large lounge with a central bar to the right & public bar beyond. Unspoilt interior with dark wood, ornate fireplace, bookcase & historic black & white photos on the wall. Overall very cosy & inviting. Beer wise there was Deuchars IPA, Theakstons, Black Sheep & Tetleys. Seek it out. You won't be disappointed.
happytyskie - 5 Apr 2010 15:05
a beautiful unspoilt trad with an open fire and waitress service in the lounge this pub is in camras national inventory, beer the usual punch offerings though,not enough local ales for my liking! but competantly kept and seved with a warm welcome. highly recomended!
critch - 13 Nov 2009 12:15
Classic unspoilt backstreet local in the leafy suburb of Waterloo. It is well described below but I can add that it is worth the trip up from Liverpool if you've the time and inclination.- a 5 minute walk from Waterloo railway station. Welcome very friendly and 4-5 real ales available, mostly from the larger breweries. Attractive green seating and an interesting trophy cabinet as well. Definitely worth going out of your way for.
Carlurmston - 14 Apr 2009 18:20
should have called it the boozy toot
eddygilroy - 17 Mar 2009 19:13
i can agree with you there bonser, boncer or bonzo The Tetleys is near perfection or a bit stronger utopia,ive been in three times in 4 years, they just dont make pubs like this any more, what a homelly place this is.
eddygilroy - 22 Feb 2009 21:09
Bit surprised that only one person has posted on this pub since my last posting ( below ) in October 2006.

The Volunteer Canteen - or The Volly as it's apparently known locally - is a fine traditional pub in a residential side street, a couple of blocks behind Crosby Marina and Lakes. The date above the front door is 1924, but the building dates back to 1827.

My pint of Black Sheep was on fine form - 26 June 2008. There's usually 3 or 4 real ales available - these included Deuchars IPA and Ruddles on my recent June visit.

Note the interesting collection of photographs and memorabilia of Liverpool in days of old - particularly the pictures of the Liverpool Overhead Railway which served the docks and ran until 1956, or thereabouts.

Note also the old Higsons etched windows and mirror in the public bar.

In the gents toilet, there is a framed poem entitled "lament to a lost pub" which isn't referring to any named pub in particular, but did strike a cord with this reviewer.

Read more about the pub in the Liverpool Historic Pub Guide, which is well worth getting hold of.

In conclusion, the Volly is a splendid example of a good honest community local, well worth seeking out when in the Crosby area.
JohnBonser - 7 Jul 2008 12:11
Visited 10 minutes before opening time and was welcomed in by the cleaning lady who fetched the landlord to pour me an excellent Deuchars IPA,sparkler was removed without comment. Friendly bunch of locals watching footie on a not-too-loud telly. Find this pub and enjoy.
an_ecunemical_matter - 23 Feb 2008 15:21
The previous comment sums it up perfectly - this pub is well worth seeking out if in the area. Read the Liverpool Historic Pubs Guide for a short history of the pub and why it is called what it is. Note that the beach is nearby - where you can view the famous statues in the sand which have made the news recently as the local council want to remove them. But back to the pub - a near perfect pint of Tetleys was enjoyed by yours truly last Monday in this splendidly traditional pub.
JohnBonser - 30 Oct 2006 18:03
They just don't make pubs like this anymore, much the pity. Great beer, friendly staff, small, cosy, homely place. Not one for the younguns tho.
Therocs - 8 Nov 2005 00:02

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