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Roscoe Head (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Salopian - Blackwater ExpressionistExcellent1
Harviestoun - PtarmiganExcellent1
Welbeck Abbey - Slovak ParadiseGood1
Kinver - CrystalGood1
4T's - P W SnatchGood1
Rooster's - YankeeGood1
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - HopfestGood1
Milestone - American Pale AleGood1
Jarrow - McConnells Irish StoutGood1
Freeminer - SpeculationGood1
Broughton - Border GoldGood1
Box Steam - Golden BoltGood1
Black Hole - Red DwarfGood1
Salopian - ConundrumGood1
Acorn - Tangerine DreamNot Tried0
Kelham Island - Ace of SpadesNot Tried0
Yeovil - Star GazerNot Tried0
Springhead - The Bees Knees (superseded by 3.9% version)Not Tried0
4T's - Face the HopsNot Tried0
Robinsons - Double Hop India Pale AleNot Tried0
Jennings - BitterNot Tried0
Medieval - ChivalryNot Tried0
Hook Norton - Hooky GoldNot Tried0
Banks's - Tetley's Cask BitterNot Tried0
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - BasiliskNot Tried0
Rooster's - CitraNot Tried0
Timothy Taylor - LandlordNot Tried0
Jennings - Cumberland AleNot Tried0
Harviestoun - SchiehallionNot Tried0
Blackwater (sub brand of Salopian) - ExpressionistNot Tried0
Banks's - Tetley BitterNot Tried0
Llangorse - Llangorse MaidNot Tried0
Marston's - Pedigree New World Pale AleNot Tried0
Caledonian - Golden SunNot Tried0
Jennings - LakelandNot Tried0
Tower - Gone for a BurtonNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Old Bear - XX XIINot Tried0
Northern (see also Blakemere) - Soul RiderNot Tried0
Picture 1. Roscoe Head, Liverpool, Merseyside

Visits Details

13 Jan 2015 (Mick)
only us in.
Jarrow - McConnells Irish Stout4.60Goodnice stout
Box Steam - Golden Bolt3.80GoodOK
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Jennings - Lakeland3.50Not Tried
29 Aug 2014 (HSB)
12:45 Two in the tiny snug, a group in the front room and four of us in the rear room. My first visit since completing the CAMRA GBG 25th anniversary passport fifteen years ago. At the time I was surprised that it had managed an unbroken 25 year record. Based on today's beer choice I continue to be surprised.
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Hopfest3.80Good
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Harviestoun - Schiehallion4.80Not Tried
Banks's - Tetley Bitter3.70Not Tried
Marston's - Pedigree New World Pale Ale3.80Not Tried
Jennings - Lakeland3.50Not Tried
27 Feb 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Immediately chatty - not been here since 1998 when it had been in the first 25 GBGs - now in all of the first 40. Justifiably full stop.
Kinver - Crystal4.50Good
Robinsons - Double Hop India Pale Ale4.80Not Tried
Jennings - Bitter3.50Not Tried
Medieval - Chivalry3.80Not Tried
Banks's - Tetley's Cask Bitter3.70Not Tried
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - Basilisk4.10Not Tried
26 Feb 2013 (Mick)
I like this pub, friendly with a good atmosphere.
Salopian - Blackwater Expressionist5.00ExcellentPale, hoppy and full bodied, good citrus with a nice long finish.
Freeminer - Speculation4.80GoodMalty, some hops
Black Hole - Red Dwarf4.50GoodNice ruby ale, a tad sweet for me.
02 Jan 2013 (Mick)
Interesting conversation between a Liverpudlian teacher and a teacher from the USA< and a well oiled local,
Milestone - American Pale Ale4.60GoodNice enough but sadly lacking in hops, creamy, the sparkler probably
Yeovil - Star Gazer4.00Not Tried
Springhead - The Bees Knees (superseded by 3.9% version)4.20Not Tried
4T's - Face the Hops5.50Not Tried
13 Nov 2012 (Alenomore)
14:00 visit. Cracking old fashioned type. Four-roomer and very cosy. 2012 local CAMRA pub of the year and one of the so called Magnificent Seven pubs that have been in all forty editions of the gbg? An impressive record and all round nice pub. Quiet at this time but some nice ales on.
4T's - P W Snatch3.50GoodThe Tavern Tasty Tipples! A new ale from this Warrington based micro that started in 2010. Very nice too.
Jennings - Bitter3.50Not Tried
Northern (see also Blakemere) - Soul Rider4.00Not Tried
Acorn - Tangerine Dream4.30Not Tried
Kelham Island - Ace of Spades4.00Not Tried
18 Aug 2012 (Stephen Harris)
We broke our Liverpool pub-crawl to watch some football and by the time we reassemble here there is an element of grumpiness, bordering on anger – the football did not go well for our club. This pub is very busy and we are reduced to standing in the gutter outside.
Welbeck Abbey - Slovak Paradise4.50GoodPale, lager-style beer with lager malt and Dana hops. Gives a soft, easy-drinking beer.
Jennings - Bitter3.50Not Tried
Caledonian - Golden Sun4.30Not Tried
Tower - Gone for a Burton4.60Not Tried
Old Bear - XX XII4.50Not Tried
09 Jul 2012 (Mick)
One of my favourite Liverpool pubs, very friendly.
Broughton - Border Gold4.20Good
Salopian - Conundrum3.80GoodGold, crisp and a good finish.
Llangorse - Llangorse Maid4.20Not Tried
04 Jan 2012 (Mick)
Very friendly barmaid and good choice of beers.
Harviestoun - Ptarmigan4.50ExcellentGood, spicy hoppy golden ale.
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Not Tried
Blackwater (sub brand of Salopian) - Expressionist5.00Not Tried
14 Apr 2011 (Mick)
Liverpool has an amazing selection of real ale pubs and this has to be among the best, friendly with a good atmosphere.
Rooster's - Yankee4.30GoodNice pale beer, some sweetness but with a nice crisp finish.
Jennings - Bitter3.50Not Tried
Hook Norton - Hooky Gold4.10Not Tried
Rooster's - Citra4.30Not 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 had lead to worries about its future and an active Save The Roscoe Head campaign started. Sold to the sitting tenant in November 2020.

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

Map location

Postcode: L1 2SX