Tuesday, 28 April 2009

The Villiers

When I lived in Liverpool I often used to frequent the Villiers when in town. A street corner Higsons pub, it was cosy and welcoming with good beer. My old mate RedNev and I, among many others, stopped a lot of Higgies going sour in there.

There was a fearsomely steep set of stairs down to the toilet, so much so, that after a few pints, it looked like a ladder. You needed these pints to have the courage to tackle it.

Like Higsons, I wish it was still there, but it made way for a shopping centre over 20 years ago.

I am grateful to RedNev for the photo and the memories.


Ed said...

I heard last year there were plans to re-launch Higsons brewery, though on a smaller scale.

Tandleman said...

It is there already and not bad, but it aint what it used to be.

Neville Grundy said...

I haven't seen the new Higson's since last September and the website has no recent entries, so I don't know what's happening; scouring the internet has provided no answers.

As for the Villiers, the last pint I had in there was with you TM in May 1985, after we had travelled back from union conference in Eastbourne. It was demolished later that year ~ another example of municipal vandalism.

Tandleman said...

I think I was in a few times after that, but I lived nearer. Do you remember the stairs?

Neville Grundy said...

Yes, I do. I wonder how they would stand up to modern health & safety regulations?