You can’t beat a bit of student pub action. It’s been a while since I’ve deliberately been in one. As I’m here for a conference, and this was a designated meeting place for catching up with a few old friends, it was time to brave student life again.
The first thing to note is that it’s a lot quieter than it would normally be, with only a few postgrads and pre-sessional students knocking around. Give it a month and this place will be rammed. Tonight, conference delegates outweighed students pretty heavily.
Things seem to have moved on in the last 25 years. Whilst some fizzy filth was on show, there were several cask ales to choose from as well as some proper ciders. The days of Dry Blackthorn and Woodpecker are gone, although the nastiness of Strongbow still persists.
This was a pint of Saxon Gold from Shrewsbury’s Battlefield Brewery. A decent golden ale, reasonably kept. Available for just £2.40.
You might wonder about the cask credentials of a student pub. Unless they’ve nicked all of these pump clips (insert own thieving Scouser joke here) then they’ve shifted a few in their time. I think I’ve had at least 40 of those that are visible here:-
As well as a few good beers in casks, they also have some in cans. Neptune Brewery is based just down the road in Maghull, the “posh bit” where my friend Howard grew up. A great guy, but the least Scouse Scouser you might ever meet. The only person I’ve ever met with a Liverpool postcode that wasn’t red or blue.
Poseidon was a pale ale, brewed with Cascade and Amarillo hops and allegedly orange peel. I say allegedly because I could not detect even the tiniest trace of it. Just an average modern pale ale.
There was also food on offer. I’d already eaten, but a few late arrivals did order some, and I did get a slice, a tasty pub pizza (that’s not a derogatory term).
As student pubs go, it’s not a bad one at all.