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Roscoe Head (NewRiver Retail)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Liverpool Organic - 24 CaratExcellent1
Northern (see also Blakemere) - Soul RiderExcellent1
Hambleton - Village Brewer Raby AleExcellent1
Tetley - Dark MildGood1
Liverpool Organic - Liverpool Pale AleGood1
York (now brewed at Black Sheep) - DecadeGood1
Jennings - BitterAcceptable1
Northern (see also Blakemere) - Blakemere Snowy OwlAcceptable1
George Wright - Blue MoonAcceptable1
Tetley - BitterNot Tried0
JW Lees (see also Lees) - Ind Coope Draught Burton AleNot Tried0
Jennings - Cumberland AleNot Tried0
Batemans - GHANot Tried0
George Wright - Northern LightsNot Tried0
Marston's - Sweet ChariotNot Tried0
Brimstage - Rhode Island RedNot Tried0
Picture 1. Roscoe Head, Liverpool, Merseyside

Visits Details

26 Feb 2010 (Ian)
Just a classic pub and one of the "must do's" on any Liverpool pub crawl. Lovely gentle banter in the pub mid Friday afternoon. Excellent barmaid kept it all going together.
Liverpool Organic - Liverpool Pale Ale4.00GoodClear pale gold, thin off white head. Attractive hoppy aroma. Decent in mouth. Lovely lemony citrusy hop finish. Good pale blond beer. Lovely fullness of flavour again.
Tetley - Bitter3.70Not Tried
George Wright - Northern Lights4.20Not Tried
Jennings - Bitter3.50Not Tried
Marston's - Sweet Chariot4.80Not Tried
Brimstage - Rhode Island Red4.00Not Tried
06 Jan 2010 (Mick)
Stuck in Liverpool because of the snow we found this place because the Phiharmonic was closing early due to the blizzard, What a find, splendid little pub with excellent beers, warm and friendly welcome.
Liverpool Organic - 24 Carat4.10ExcellentVery pale, hoppy and refreshing, dry finish.
Northern (see also Blakemere) - Soul Rider4.00ExcellentVery nice, well hopped with a good body.
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Not Tried
Batemans - GHA4.20Not Tried
29 Nov 2008 (Paul B)
Classic side-street local, multi-roomed, untouched original pub decor and good selection of ales
Tetley - Dark Mild3.20GoodRight beer for this sort of pub and for a lunchtime sup. Not in best of nick on the day but an easy drinking pint, with slightly nutty flavour
25 Apr 2008 (Ian)
Mid afternoon, a few chatty locals in. I took photos and video for a relative of William Roscoe.
Hambleton - Village Brewer Raby Ale4.80ExcellentVery deep chestnut colour with lasting beige head. Roasty toasty ESB with rather lovely fruit. Wow, now that is a really good ESB. One of the best ESB aromas Iíve smelt. The toasty malt and deep jammy fruit are stunning. Full in mouth. If it had a peppery hop finish, I wouldnít leave the pub. Drying hop on finish. Lovely malts throughout.
York (now brewed at Black Sheep) - Decade4.10GoodGold, thin beige head. Some lovely ascetic lemon/grapefruit aroma. Little bit too ascetic for me. Hop is really quite aggressive. Hot hop on finish. Good condition. Green hop flower on finish is excellent.
JW Lees (see also Lees) - Ind Coope Draught Burton Ale4.80Not TriedIt was a bit vinegary, so the barmaid changed my pint for something else.
Jennings - Bitter3.50Not Tried
02 Jan 2008 (Ian)
All the other pubs didn't open til 12.00 so I found myself here at 11.20, the only punter in. I haven't been for ages, but it is a really lovely cosy pub.
Jennings - Bitter3.50AcceptableDecent condition, malty bitter, bit of creaminess from the sparkler. Inoffensive bitter.
Northern (see also Blakemere) - Blakemere Snowy Owl4.10AcceptablePale gold, lasting thin beige head. Came on the night before lateish apparently. Blond ale with grapefruit and tangerine citrus hops. A little bit too acidic for itís own good, but the aroma is good. Little bit herby and the US hops on the finish are quite astringent. Not entirely balanced, but a decent stab.
George Wright - Blue Moon5.00AcceptableCopper colour with lasting beige head. Slight haze. Earthy, but quite hoppy and bitter finish. Fullish in terms of sweetish malt in mouth. Slightly syrupy malt in mouth and aroma. An unsubtle ESB, but with most of the right elements. Peppery hop on end is good.
Tetley - Bitter3.70Not Tried
JW Lees (see also Lees) - Ind Coope Draught Burton Ale4.80Not Tried
Tetley - Dark Mild3.20Not Tried

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About the Roscoe Head

The pub sign. Roscoe Head, Liverpool, Merseyside

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 2SX.

The pub has appeared in every CAMRA Good Beer Guide (since the first in 1974). It's a small pub on a side street off Hardman Street. As you go through the door, the small bar is to your left with 3 other small drinking rooms running off it. Cosy and well worth seeking out. 3 handpumps on main bar and 3 more on the bar of the front snug. In 2015 sold by Punch Taverns to NewRiver Retail which has lead to worries about its future and an active Save The Roscoe Head campaign has started.

We have visited this pub 15 times, seen 51 different beers and tried 23 of them.

Map location

Postcode: L1 2SX