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Stork Hotel, Birkenhead

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user reviews of the Stork Hotel, Birkenhead

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Classic tiled interior - but empty and unloved. No ale, no customers (when me and the missus dropped by there was just one owlarse NI guy drinking bottles of lager). Seems to be some renovation work going on at one of the bays. This is a grade II listed building though so hopefully it won't fall foul of the developers.
Snarling_Mallard - 7 Oct 2019 23:36
Sadly this pub is now a bit run down and unloved. No real ale and no customers. Up for let with Admiral Taverns who are no doubt just waiting for their moment to sell it off to a developer. A real shame.
JonNgog - 18 Aug 2019 16:37
Come one, come all : lovely sausage rolls. Now beat down the door for scouse in the winter ; chips in the evening and continued support for this fine pub
thedoorsofsleep - 16 May 2014 15:02
Sausage rolls are now on!Along with some fine beers.Snecklifter,Butcombe,Abbot & Old Hooky amongst them.Glad to have this pub back on my regular roster.Same staff on so transition has appeared to be smooth.Not so sure that Diane & John have found that to be the case but don`t worry the punters are happy!
damocles11 - 4 May 2014 08:58
Called in on Sunday evening 27/04/14 had a nice pint of Ringwood Forty-Niner. The new landlord looks like he isn't going to do anything drastic, like sushifying it up, hopefully.
Best of luck to them, this is a really great local pub, would hate to see it loose it's soul.
Wirral_RealAlians - 2 May 2014 21:10
Beer has been top notch the two occasions I've been in since Di and John have taken over. I think the pub needs people's full support as ambitious plans are afoot which will make it a great boozer. It's not as if Birkenhead is awash with decent pubs.

All it needs for now is it to start selling sausage rolls
thedoorsofsleep - 30 Apr 2014 15:33
New licensees have taken over from 22 April..Been in each day since they took over and atmosphere has lifted considerably.Old regulars coming out of the woodwork.Beers up to now are Hobgoblin,Cumberland Marston`s pedigree & Navajo.The last few years have been a bit deflating for this fine pub but now we have a new dawn.Hope the local real ale drinkers give the new team their custom and experience the breath of fresh air (and ale) this pub needed.Good luck to Diane & John
damocles11 - 24 Apr 2014 21:19
Beer quality improved in the last few months ; pity there is the possibility of it closing after the lease wasn't renewed
thedoorsofsleep - 20 Feb 2014 18:10
Good to see that the beer quality has been on the up in recent times. Pub soon to be presented with Wirral CAMRA's Winter Pub-of-the-Season award :-)
founddrunkinyourgarden - 7 Jan 2014 16:39
The Stork is in my opinion is one of the finest buildings on Merseyside and its being a pub as well is all the better. The exterior is phenomenal, a real work of art. The interior a Victorian masterpiece with a fine fireplace and one of the best tessellated floors I've seen. After being knocked out by the architecture, the beer range was also exceptional. Cornish Coaster, Pedigree, Golden Arrow and an amusingly named Navajo Soul washed down a lovely Sunday lunch served by lovely staff. Finally I must mention that the landlady was an exceptionally nice person and made our visit really memorable.
shouldersarms - 25 Oct 2013 08:35
I remember being reasonably impressed last time I came here. The exterior and interior are both fairly impressive. But it seems the ale range has gone downhill a little since then and it was fairly quiet on our visit. Although the pub hadn't long opened. Northern Soul Rider, Hook Norton Hooky Bitter, Cottage Vixen & Blakemere Bronze were the 4 ales on. The barmaid was having a mobile phone conversation for most of the time we were there and was commenting how she was surprised to see any customers (4 of us at the time), as she didn't normally get any until at least 2pm. In relation to the previous review, I suppose you could describe her as buxom. But strictly from a personal point of view, I would only advise coming here to admire the architecture en route to the better beer and barmaid selection in Gallaghers!
blue_scrumpy - 18 Dec 2011 13:46
Made effort to get here early before Col U game at Prenton - nice pub which had 4-5 ales on, had a couple but they were nothing special and I'd had enough heading off to the Mersey Clipper near ground.
kernott1 - 12 Nov 2011 08:11
im afraid the real ale is rarely in god nick nowadays.shame,good bunch of regulars, they deserve better
damocles11 - 7 Jul 2011 07:29
Fantastic interior but so-so beer these days, I'm afraid
founddrunkinyourgarden - 16 Jun 2011 14:27
i agree with beerdrinker as regards this pub,it is definitely the best boozer in birkenhead with just one gripe.the real ales are some times fine but at other times can be flat and stale so its a bit of a lottery.but it has got the friendliest bar staff in town.don`t come here before 6.30 expecting to park the car as the only option is the parking meter!that bit of land at the back is not the pubs.
damocles11 - 6 Apr 2011 07:26
Good choice of real ales, reasonable prices, and what a refreshing change to find a bar full of buxom serving wenches.
handsometw_t - 4 Apr 2011 18:14
this is a great pub with really friendly staff and always a brilliant selection of 5 real ales on, was here for a party on saturday night and was surprised to find the function room is free of charge and there is a great smoking shelter and a massive well kept beer garden, there is parking facilities aswell. they have lots of quiz teams running from here and meetings the laurel and hardy society that watch old films and a walkers group , greenpiece and various other meeting .. i come here often and have always enjoyed my visit as the beer is great and the food is great aswell. sunday dinners are gorgeous and always home cooked stuff no frozen veg. i would recommend a visit to this pub .. xxx
beerdrinker111 - 28 Mar 2011 22:23
Well itís all been said about the building though Iíve been coming in here so long I donít notice anymore but for me itís always been a pub that could be just that little bit better.
Larry has done a great job keeping up the real ales and I didnít think that would happen. They have a cheap spell at teatime where the real ales are about £1.70 which is always welcome. They are usually well kept and the variety and rotation are great so there always seems to be something new on.
But I always seem to have a few minor gripes some more serious than others;
The staff are often lazy when it comes to using the sparklers and most people who drink real ales in the North expect a decent head.
But more seriously I saw them saving slops the other week and itís not the first time. I havenít seen this practise anywhere in about twenty years and itís still against the law as far as I know. The first time I saw it here I was sure I was wrong but the bar person last week clearly used a second glass to catch the run off and left it on the drip tray. I know times are tough for pubs but bad practices like this can never be justified.
It pains me to leave negative feedback but sort these things out and I can say wholeheartedly itís a good place to visit.

Gurkha - 27 Jan 2011 12:00
Great pub with quite a few characters ..The bar staff are all friendly and the landlady is very down to earth and friendly. The selection of real ale is very good and you never get any trouble in here. Great pub and allways worth visiting.
alan508 - 24 Oct 2010 18:43
Called in here again on Monday night 18/01/2010 to find a busy bar with choice of 4 different real ales to try. I popped my head round the corner into the function room to find a projector and screen set up and a gathering crowd. A couple of minutes later the lights inside were dimmed and the curtain to the function room was drawn. Muffled titters followed later by more raucus laughter wafted out through the curtain. Further investigation revealed the event to be a Laurel and Hardy film show.

This pub really has a community feel and puts on lots of events. Interestingly behind the bar there were portions rice with chicken curry advertised at £1.99.

Having just found out that the 216 bus stops outside here, a 10 minute ride each way for me, and goes on to pick up at the Woodside bus station across Hamilton Square outside The River View (ex The Worsley Arms) it looks like the frequency of visits is about to increase.
Wirral_RealAlians - 4 Feb 2010 19:39
We called in on the way out to start New Years Eve but were stopped at the door as it was a ticket only night from 10pm onward (Allowed in by the Landlady for a couple of pints who informed us that she was doing a "Hot Pot Supper"). Most enjoyable drink as usual and a good atmosphere, left just as it was filling up with the lucky "Hot Potters". Got the impression that you could have easily stayed if you had nothing planned and had asked. One to consider for next year I think!
Wirral_RealAlians - 23 Jan 2010 20:55
5 cask ales available this afternoon. Another enjoyable visit.


wirraldrinker - 5 Oct 2009 15:42
I love this pub it is one of my favourites in the country let alone Birkenhead. I try and get there whenever I can. Considering the recent price increases for beer recently I am amased The Stork can still provide pints for £1.60, even if it is only during happy hour.
I agree with the previous comments. Get there if you can!
nonecker - 22 Jul 2009 22:53
Yes I would agree with the views below, an excellent traditional town pub.
Good selection of real ales.
A 'must do' if in Birkenhead.

wirraldrinker - 10 Feb 2009 22:00
Fine Grade 2 listed pub within easy walking distance of Hamilton Square.

The layout of the pub bears a striking similarity to the Lion in Moorfields - the curved bar occupies the street corner and behind it is a surrounding corridor that links the two entrances, one on each street.

Like the Lion, the Stork Hotel is also listed in CAMRA's National Inventory of Unspoilt Interiors. Here, note the splendid wall tiles, glasswork and mosaic floor. The blue exterior tiling is also striking and was apparently the house colour of Threlfalls Salford Brewery ( swallowed up by Whitbread, I seem to recall ) and there is still evidence of their former ownership in the etched windows at the front.

Read more about the pub in the Liverpool Historic Pubs Guide - a book I may well have referred to in previous postings

There's not the same strong emphasis on real ale that there is at the Lion, but I was pleased to see that the pub was advertising all beers uinder 5% at a price of £ 1.60p between 4 and 7 pm. 3-4 beers were on. I had a pint of Northern Soul Legends from a Cheshire micro.

Cheap food is offered at lunchtime - eg steak pie, chips peas and gravy for £ 2.95 and a 3 course Sunday lunch for £ 6.95p between 2-6 pm.

If you've done all the Liverpool pubs that are worth doing ( and there's no shortage of them ), you should seriously consider crossing the Mersey ( by either ferry, bus or train !) to seek this one out.
JohnBonser - 7 Oct 2008 09:35
Very impressive pub, visited this week. Old style central bar, etched windows, mosaic floor, happy hour 4-7 weekdays on cask ales £1.60. Offered John Willie's, Nero, Deuchars IPA and Theakston's Paradise on my visit. Also had food available, I had a bowl of 'Scouse' (stew) that was served from the bar for £1.50. Short walk from Hamilton Square station.
stoutoforder - 20 Aug 2008 18:56
Certainly the finest pub on the Wirral, and worth the trip across from Liverpool if you're a beer tourist. The interior and exterior are sumptuous- for an idea, think of the Lion at Moorfields. Very different place though. Cumberland was on decent form on my visit. Just a few minutes' walk from either Hamilton Square or Conway Park railway stations.
Carlurmston - 18 Aug 2008 22:06
Lovely Victorian tiled decor. Interesting traditional layout with a central bar & adjoining small rooms. Excellent pint of mild.
happytyskie - 15 Aug 2008 11:51
A proper pub...always worth a visit.
Scaryman - 5 May 2008 09:51
Excellent pub with great bar staff and customers
MrIceMan - 4 May 2008 18:25
Very few pubs find their way into CAMRA's "Special Interiors" list. The Stork features in it and deservedly so. Fantastic Victorian mosaic flooring and tiling from the defunct Della Robia pottery (I think) set this traditional inn apart. Good, plain and honest food (2 meals for £5) and a range of well kept beers (at £1.50 a pint from 16/00 to 19/00)all contribute to a very positive experience.
founddrunkinyourgarden - 4 Mar 2008 18:34
Nice pub with mosaic floor, tiled walls and victorian wood and glass screens around central bar with seating around a fireplace in the main part. Camera listed and usually have 3 or 4 well kept changing real ales (favorite so far was Jennings Snecklifter). Does food, mostly though the day (not sampled) but retains a local pub feel with separate areas including Pool table.
Wirral_RealAlians - 2 Mar 2008 15:22
Fantastic decor and some very lovely beer in this very friendly CAMRA National Inventory listed Birkenhead pub. Received good advice about where to go in Liverpool town centre. Pint of Dark Delight (correct name escapes me) was fine as was another great ale (again, beer memory evades me).
JonW999 - 23 Feb 2008 23:17

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