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The Volunteer Canteen (Punch Taverns)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Peerless - Viking GoldExcellent2
Salopian - Golden ThreadExcellent2
Liverpool Organic - Bier HeadGood1
Liverpool Organic - Cambrinus SolsticeGood1
Peerless - Dark ArtsGood1
Purple Moose - Snowdonia Ale (Cwrw Eryri)Good1
Peerless - Triple BlondGood1
Big Hand - SerenGood1
Liverpool Organic - StyrianGood1
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)Not Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Bombardier (was Bombardier Glorious English)Not Tried0
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage DirectorsNot Tried0
Adnams - Southwold BitterNot Tried0
Thwaites - Lancaster Bomber (please now use the Banks's entry)Not Tried0
Banks's - Tetley's Cask BitterNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideNot Tried0
Thwaites - Original Not Tried0
Caledonian - Deuchars IPANot Tried0
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled HenNot Tried0
Marston's - PedigreeNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Volunteer Canteen, Waterloo, Merseyside
Picture 2. The Volunteer Canteen, Waterloo, Merseyside
Picture 3. The Volunteer Canteen, Waterloo, Merseyside
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

19 Dec 2017 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit, absolutely superb atmosphere with table service, comfortable upholstered bench seating, and people playing dominoes in a wonderfully unspoilt proper boozeer. I have only listed the beers that we drank.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Salopian - Golden Thread5.00Excellent
Big Hand - Seren3.70Good
19 Dec 2017 (Magnus Greel)
Afternoon, my first visit after hearing good reports over the years and I was not disappointed, in fact we stayed far longer than planned and enjoyed the superb atmosphere.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Salopian - Golden Thread5.00ExcellentDespite the ABV this seemed more like a session beer. Light and aromatic with a fruity finish. Nice.
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled Hen4.50Not Tried
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Not Tried
Big Hand - Seren3.70Not Tried
18 Jun 2015 (ChrisE)
My first visit here and I was very impressed. A group that we had seen earlier in the day were talking even more loudly than a certain member of our group, it was good to see him drowned out but pleasantly quiet when they left. Table service was in operation. A great pub well worth visiting.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Peerless - Viking Gold4.00Excellent
Peerless - Dark Arts4.10Good
18 Jun 2015 (HSB)
15:15 First visit for some of our group, they were impressed. Table service was in operation. The lounge side was just occupied by us and one other group who had also been in Stamps Too. One of our party is noted for having a rather loud voice, a member of the other group drowned him out.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Peerless - Viking Gold4.00Excellent
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Peerless - Dark Arts4.10Not TriedOthers who tried it said it was sweet.
02 Aug 2014 (HSB)
19:30 Quick pint with my son. Both bars were packed but table service was still in operation in the lounge.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Liverpool Organic - Bier Head4.10GoodNice balance of malt and hops
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Thwaites - Original 3.60Not Tried
20 Jun 2014 (HSB)
20:30 Very busy in both bars. Table service in operation though which was nice to see.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Peerless - Triple Blond4.20Good
Liverpool Organic - Styrian4.20Good
Thwaites - Lancaster Bomber (please now use the Banks's entry)4.40Not Tried
Banks's - Tetley's Cask Bitter3.70Not Tried
27 Apr 2014 (HSB)
20:00 Back room with table service in operation. Not often I am among the younger people in a pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Purple Moose - Snowdonia Ale (Cwrw Eryri)3.60Good
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Directors4.80Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
28 Feb 2014 (HSB)
17:30 Started off in the public bar and then went to sit in the lounge. Went to the hatch for my second pint but was told they would come to my table which they did. Wonderful.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Liverpool Organic - Cambrinus Solstice3.80Good
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)4.20Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Bombardier (was Bombardier Glorious English)4.10Not Tried

About The Volunteer Canteen

The pub sign. The Volunteer Canteen, Waterloo, Merseyside

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent4
Good7
Acceptable-
Poor-

The pub is found in Waterloo, Merseyside, L22 8QR.

A back street pub in East Street near Waterloo railway station that is a CAMRA National Inventory pub with good reason. Two rooms. Right hand side public bar. Left hand side room has wood paneling with built in mirrors and fixed bench seating. There is no bar as such service being provided via two hatches and a doorway at the rear of the public bar counter. The special feature is the provision of table service at quiet times in this room.

We have visited this pub 8 times, seen 21 different beers and tried 9 of them.

Map location

Postcode: L22 8QR