Wednesday 30th March 2016
The Corner Post is another example of the burgeoning Merseyside micropub scene. It is to be found in a part of Crosby known as Brighton-le-Sands although confusingly a few steps up the road is the church of St Bartholomew at Blundellsands, according to its sign. The pub was once Brighton-le-Sands Post Office. Not far away, Stamps in Crosby Village was also one.
As it is on a corner, its name is thus explained. Yet, despite its title, its last use was as a computer repair shop. In the photo (left) please note the post box that remains.
It is quite small inside and was busy when Linda and I called in. We only got a seat as another couple were leaving. I had a look around and could see that the room was much longer than it was wide. There was one large table on the right of the entrance door that was occupied by a group of men who were having a good time if the noise emanating from them was anything to go by.
There are also four small round tables that are surrounded by a mixture of chairs and stools. The walls are a bit sparse with a few framed pictures arranged rather haphazardly. However I’m sure these will be added to in time.
Just before the bar counter there is a small alcove on the right that was accommodating four customers. This space was the former fireplace.
The bar is at the far end of the room on the left. It is constructed from reclaimed wooden panels and behind is a purpose-built wooden gantry that has a nice mirror with the pub’s name engraved on it. Facing it is a shelf with some stools for upright drinkers.
At the back is a short corridor leading to separate Ladies and Gents facilities. I noticed on the wall opposite where were seated there was an original old sign from the Post Office giving its opening hours.
We were a little disappointed that there were just two cask beers on offer, apparently there are normally four. The choice was from Mobberley (Mobberley, Cheshire) Brewery Maori (4.0%) and Peerless (Birkenhead, Merseyside) Triple Blond (4.0%).
There is usually one draught cider and on this day it was Weston’s (Much Marcle, Herefordshire) Henry Weston’s Family Reserve (5.0%). There were also three bottled beers.
The pub is the brainchild of Geoff Smeaton and he opened to the drinking public on Wednesday 22nd July 2015, less than a year before our visit. Geoff is assisted behind the bar by his wife Janice. They also serve wine and Liverpool Gin, a new product that seem to be doing well in the city. Dogs are welcomed and there is a cheap pie + pint offer.
This is a good pub to visit should you be sampling the beery delights of Crosby and nearby Waterloo.
The Corner Post, 25 Bridge Road, Brighton-le-Sands, Crosby L23 6SA. Tel: 07587 177453
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 16.00-21.00; Saturday 13.00-21.00; Sunday 13.00-19.00
The easiest way to get here is on the 53 bus which runs from Liverpool Queen Square Bus Station. It operates via Bootle New Strand and Waterloo to Crosby Village. It stops at the Bridge Road stop about five minutes before arriving at Crosby Village. It runs every six or seven minutes during the day, Monday to Saturday, less in the evenings and Sundays.
Another way is to walk from Blundellsands & Crosby station. It takes about 10 to 15
minutes. It is on the Liverpool Central to Southport line and trains run every 15 minutes Monday to Sunday.