White Star

Merseyside - Liverpool

A historic pub interior of regional importance

Listed Status: Not listed

2-4 Rainford Gardens
Liverpool, City Centre
L2 6PT

Tel: (0151) 231 6861

Real Ale: Yes

Nearby Station: Moorfields

Station Distance: 350m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Moorfields) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

Built in the 1880s and named after the famous shipping line. There are two rooms - the front one containing the servery and a smaller snug behind. The old bar counter came from a pub in St Helens in about 1988. Two vestibule entrances have mosaic floors and old etched glass panels: the fixed seating in its own semi-screened-off area appears Victorian. Note the amazing radiators with figures at the end picked out in gold. Note too the newel post at the bottom of the stairs with ‘White Star’ carved on three sides. The White Star line numbered among its vessels the ill-fated Titanic: the line was absorbed by Cunard in 1934. The back room is famous for being used was used by Bob Wooler and Alan Williams to pay all of their groups including the Beatles: the famous Cavern Club was situated in nearby Matthew Street.

Dates back to 1880s and named after the Liverpool based shipping line - its famous vessel - Titanic - is portrayed on the pub sign. The ground floor has a tiled frontage that dates from the mid 1980s replacing an earlier tiled front which had fallen into disrepair. Good mosaic floors in both doorways. Two rooms - the front one containing the servery and a smaller snug behind. The old bar counter came from a pub in St Helens in about 1988, the bar-back and all the screens are new. Two vestibule entrances have old etched glass panels and the fixed seating in its own semi-screened-off area appears genuinely Victorian. Note the amazing radiators with figures at the end picked out in gold. As you head for the rear snug note the newel post at the bottom of the stairs with ‘White Star’ carved on all four sides.

Original fixed seating in rear room; fireplace not original though the surround is. Superb Bass mirror in rear room (recently smashed) (signed J. R. Dunning & Son of London) was brought in c.1988 when a sloping wall at the back was converted to a straight wall! The back room of the White Star was used by Bob Wooler and Alan Williams to pay all of their groups including the Beatles and a brass plaque indicates where John, George, Paul and Ringo were paid! - the famous Cavern Club was situated in nearby Matthew Street. Under the liner sign is the original mosaic sign of a White eight pointed star. The ladies' loos are upstairs in former living accommodation as there was none here until 1987 to discourage 'ladies of the night'!

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