Onward and upward to my last “Merseyside” tick in what the GBG calls Wavertree*, but you might think of McCartneyville as you approach the myriad delights of Penny Lane.
This is practically heaven for me, entering a part of the UK I’ve never been to before, about to tick the last pub in a GBG chapter, and having to avoid bumping into blokes wearing Liverpool shirts with “Candy” on the front.
Even the fact the last tick was called “Handyman Supermarket” couldn’t knock the spring from my step as I passed what I’d long thought to be mythical places like TriBeCa and Dafna’s Cheesecake Factory, places immortalised on unreleased outtakes from the White Album.
The odd tremendous church too, in the middle of a really mixed area.
Just before the Handyman I spied a rare Proper Pub amid the sea of bars and bistros. There must have been a hundred students in the garden, presumably all carrying out research on the decline of the traditional pub.
Being naturally curious, I crossed the ornate threshold.
WhatPub has little to say about the Brookhouse, bar its popularity with students and lack of real ale, which was clearly the big drawing point with the punters. Not that I could have got to the bar anyway, with fifty scallies in front of me.
I had a minute ’till the Handyman opened at 3, and admired one of the more unusual pub frontages in the UK. Until Hungry Horse nick the idea.
You’ll be expecting me to slag off the Supermarket when you see the interior.
I will even refrain from docking a half point for the jug on this occasion.
Because their own Pale was sublime, the best of the month so far (NBSS 4).
Only downside; I was the only customer, but the pleasant young barman happily chatted Brass Castle over a shared admiration for Bad Kitty (not a drug) and seemed relieved I wasn’t nicking the rare LPs at the back.
And with that, Merseyside was finished.
Do you want to know a secret ? The Handyman might very well be my favourite pub in the whole chapter.
*But WhatPub insists on placing in Allerton, to annoy tickers who like neat GBG spreadsheets