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Thomas Rigby's (Okells (part of Heron & Brearley))

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Moorhouse's - Black Cat MildExcellent1
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Bruins RuinExcellent1
Okell's - JiargGood1
Holden's - Freddie FebrioGood1
Okell's - BitterGood1
Battledown - Nobody's FoolGood1
Peerless - Triple BlondAcceptable1
Okell's - Spring RamAcceptable1
Whittington's - Bow BellsPoor1
Okell's - IPA (or Dr Okell's IPA)Not Tried0
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - SunchaserNot Tried0
White Horse - GiantNot Tried0
Holden's - Thigh BonesNot Tried0
Millstone - Coach & HorsesNot Tried0
North Cotswold - Winter SolsticeNot Tried0
Downton - Marynka MagicNot Tried0
Summer Wine (SWB) - TiberiusNot Tried0
Six Bells - SpellboundNot Tried0
Marston's - Me DuckNot Tried0
Okell's - OlafNot Tried0
Picture 1. Thomas Rigby's, Liverpool, Merseyside

Visits Details

17 Apr 2019 (ChrisE)
11.30 whilst waitng for the nearby Lion to open. Right hand bar is for diners only. Quiet at this time of day.
Okell's - Bitter3.70GoodUnexciting.
08 Apr 2013 (ChrisE)
Early evening, I sat at the back of the pub and conversed with the other customers.
Okell's - Jiarg4.70Good
Okell's - IPA (or Dr Okell's IPA)4.50Not Tried
Marston's - Me Duck3.60Not Tried
Okell's - Olaf3.90Not Tried
26 Feb 2010 (Ian)
Always really busy and this was no exception, I just about got an end of the bar to lean on whilst I had my half. Came back on the Sunday when it was slightly less busy. Good feel to this pub.
Moorhouse's - Black Cat Mild3.40ExcellentMy favourite mild.
Peerless - Triple Blond4.20AcceptableHazy gold thin beige head. Decent hoppy blond beer. Good hop bite in the mouth and some earthyness. Pretty good finish.
North Cotswold - Winter Solstice4.50Not Tried
Downton - Marynka Magic4.10Not Tried
Summer Wine (SWB) - Tiberius4.20Not Tried
Six Bells - Spellbound4.10Not Tried
19 Jun 2009 (Ian)
Third stop on my mini Friday afternoon crawl of Dale Street. Now fully re-opened and still just as good. Great bars on both sides plus a great rear wood panelled room. Lots of people interested in the racing from Ascot plus office workers leaving work early on a Friday. I stood at the bar and chatted to the barman. They had Schneider Brooklyner Weisse on tap, even at £5 a pint a steal. Big dumb and stupid, but one of my favourite beers. Not on cask though
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Sunchaser4.00Not Tried
Okell's - Bitter3.70Not Tried
Okell's - IPA (or Dr Okell's IPA)4.50Not Tried
White Horse - Giant4.30Not Tried
Holden's - Thigh Bones4.10Not Tried
Millstone - Coach & Horses4.10Not Tried
24 Apr 2008 (Ian)
The lovely old building is being restored as they found asbestos in it. The pub has moved into the building at the rear as a temporary measure.
Whittington's - Bow Bells3.90PoorCopper colour with lasting beige head. Slightly earthy bitter, some fruit and malt. Bit home brewery. Very earthy. Bit like a bad bottle conditoned ale. Really quite poor.
22 Mar 2007 (Ian)
Late lunchtime on Thursday and pretty much empty to be honest, but still a cracking pub. Beautiful and exterior and interior and friendly staff.
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Bruins Ruin5.00ExcellentPale chestnut colour with lasting beige head. Bit of sickly malt on aroma, but mostly rich strawberry/raspberry and malt aroma. Full in mouth with more strawberry, morphs into creamy hop finish. Hop is balancing and shows some lemon acids to do battle with the rich malt. Rich and hoppy premium bitter and rather stunning.
Okell's - Spring Ram4.20Not Tried
Okell's - Bitter3.70Not Tried
Okell's - IPA (or Dr Okell's IPA)4.50Not Tried
Holden's - Freddie Febrio4.50Not Tried
20 Mar 2007 (Ian)
My first time in this pub and I had to wonder why I hadn't been here before. Service was very friendly and excellent and so were the locals.
Holden's - Freddie Febrio4.50GoodGold colour with lasting thin white head. Decent citrus hop aroma. Pretty good pale malts in mouth. Some rounded stone fruit, soft flesh in mouth. Good balancing citrusy hop finish. Very good gold/blond beer. Everyone seems to do one, but this is good. Bit of tangerine on finish. Excellent.
Battledown - Nobody's Fool4.30GoodPale chestnut colour with lasting beige head. Lovely malty beer with great depth. Dry malt. Some hop on end. Delivers a crisp finish. Good lacing down the glass shows the condition. Well put together beer.
Okell's - Spring Ram4.20AcceptableCopper colour with lasting thick beige head. Some hop, some malt. Balanced in mouth with more citrusy hop pronouncing itself on finish. Little bit muddled maybe, but very drinkable.

About the Thomas Rigby's

The pub sign. Thomas Rigby's, Liverpool, Merseyside

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Liverpool, Merseyside, L2 2EZ.

Very attractive building from the outside, in Dale Street. Long wooden bar serves the larger public bar plus the saloon bar through a hatch. Lovely pub interior, lots of wood. Merseyside Tourism Pub of the Year for 2006. Tuesday night is curry night cooked at the pub. Carved wood screen behind the bar is very attractive. Board on wall shows which of the world beers are in or out. Several more drinking areas, including a wood panelled room at the rear. Refurbished in summer 2016. 6 handpumps.

We have visited this pub 7 times, seen 20 different beers and tried 9 of them.

Map location

Postcode: L2 2EZ