The Crown Pub
The Crown Pub next to the station. This is probably the first pub people see on arrival in Liverpool. The architect is unknown. 1859 is the earliest reference to a pub here. In 1888 William Clarkson, the owner of the Midland, took over here. But like others in 1905, it was taken over by Peter Walker, Brewers of Warrington and Burton on Trent. As we entered, we’d have noticed that exterior, the richest art nouveau of any pub. This exterior is really impressive with its moulded plaster friezes, the shallow box windows on the first and second floor, the cut glass windows, the copper panels and the beautiful golden letters outside. Looking from the window of the Crown, we can see Wellington on his monument and he had a great influence on the pubs of Liverpool. Before the 19th century, most beer was brewed in private houses, known as pot houses. But most of the social problems then were not caused by beer drinking, but by spirit drinking. Wellington had the idea that if he could encourage people to drink beer rather than spirits, it would solve a great many social problems. A familiar sight against the bustle of Lime Street Station, you could say we’re a city pub with a local heart. And a famous one at that – our distinct art nouveau exterior and grand original features reveal a fascinating history. Today, there’s always something good on to draw a crowd around our big, sociable bar. But equally you’ll find lots of quiet, cosy nooks perfect for escaping the world over a pint. I went twice in Liverpool and I had twice sunday lunch here!