(Including ROBY)

Bluebell "Mercury Taverns". Large opened out bar, lounge shut. This pub had a bad reputation, but the decor was better than expected.
Now closed and demolished.
Last visited 1998.
Bluebell Lane / Prescot Road
A plain, lively, down-market boozer. The lounge was shut on a Thursday evening. This place has a very bad reputation, and a few years ago was required to close early on Saturday evenings, but on all of my visits the locals and staff have been entirely friendly.
Noted closed and tinned up in 2010, and demolished by 2012.
Last visited 2003.
Pilch Lane / Mayfair Avenue
Bowring Park "Bowie"
A very large two-sided pub with a number of original features including a dark wood bar front and some nice wood panelling in an unusual "bull-nose" area at the front served from a hatch. Pool tables.
Last visited December 2016.
Roby Road / Rimmer Avenue
Chapel Brook A very large 1990s family/dining pub in the middle of nowhere. The interior is nicer than most and well cared for. The Brewer's Fayre menu looks good.
Last visited 2014.
Cronton Road / Wilson Road
Hand pump
This pleasant modern (1980s?) multi-roomed pub has fake antique decor, and a nice conservatory at one end. A major refurbishment in 2006 saw the conservatory replaced with a brick-built extension, and modern redecoration. The food is good, cheap, and very popular. Real ale arrived in 2010 after a very long absence.
Last visited 2010.
Tarbock Road / Roby Road
Derby Lodge
Hand pump
From the outside this "Henry's Table" pub/restaurant/hotel is an impressive old house. Special congratulations go to those responsible for a recent extension very much in keeping with the old building. A refurbishment in 2005 got rid of the amusing interior decor which was almost totally fake and included bookshelves (with the books glued in), spurious balconies, a nicely done bar counter and the usual stupid sayings on the ceiling beams. The interior now is nicely done in modern arty style. The service and food were excellent when I visited the restaurant part. On my most recent visit the Cains was pure vinegar.
Part of the same complex as the now closed Natterjacks.
This was the 500th pub surveyed for this guide.
Last visited 2008.
Roby Road
Dovecot (New Avenue) In July 1998 I wrote about what was then The New Avenue:
Large pub mostly closed even on a Friday. The decor attempts to go up market but the clientele are not! The toilets are disgusting.
In January 1999 new licensees took over and restored the original Dovecot name. When I revisited in April 2000 I found that nothing had changed except the interior was now looking rather uncared for and decidedly grubby. Now closed and demolished.
Last visited 2000.
Western Avenue
Farmer's Arms Enormous nicely decorated place with two projection TVs. Nice separate snooker room. Now closed and demolished.
Last visited 1998.
Prescot Road, near Dinas Lane.
Hare & Hounds The nicely decorated and well cared for interior of this pleasant cheerful pub includes some good wood panelling and arches. The all-day menu looks good and good value. Prompt service when I visited. There's a beer garden at the rear.
Last visited 2014.
Cronton Road / Whitefield Lane
Hillside An enormous two room pub with a large separate function room, looking somewhat tatty in places. Surprisingly quiet on a Friday night.
Now closed and demolished.
Last visited 2004.
Knowsley Lane / Liverpool Road, Longview
Huyton & Roby Constitutional Club
Not visited.
43 Stanley Road
Huyton Conservative Club
Not visited.
The Park
Huyton Park A large plain fifties construction in a massive council estate. Inside is a very well looked after pub with a three room layout: A large lounge side which was shut when I visited, a small front room, and a large open bar side.
Last visited 2013.
St. John's Road
Huyton Social Club (Labour Club) Large social club with an enormous "concert hall". Cheap beer, horrible pink decor.
Last visited 1998.
Woolfall Crescent. Former entrance on Dinas Lane
Huyton Suite A rather nice set of function rooms, run by the council.
Last visited 1996.
Civic Way
Marconi Sports & Social Club (Plessey Club) (GPT Club)
Nicely decorated social club with a large function room and a well equipped gym upstairs. Lined glasses for a full pint. LSTV. Sadly closed in March 2004, and now demolished.
Last visited 2004.
Roby Road
Natterjacks "N.J.s" This large disco/bar with a late licence (00.30) was an extremely popular way to end a Friday night out - It was usually full and turning people away by 22.45. The interior looked fine when it's dark and busy, but a little threadbare if you visited at a quiet time. Now closed. See also Derby Lodge.
Last visited 1997.
Roby Road
Oak Tree (Wetherspoon's)
This was a slightly down market version of the Wetherspoon's formula. Given the locale - council estates and tower blocks - I had predicted that this place would rapidly go downhill, but a number visits found the the real ale excellent (and very cheap!), despite which the regulars mostly drank lager. So in 2003 I was disappointed to find that Wetherspoon's had gone. The barman said they were no longer doing real ale but he was wrong, and we had some fine pints of Spitfire. Sadly, that was the end of the real ale and the place is now keg only.
There is a very pleasant beer yard/garden at the rear.
Two revisits in 2017 found little change; the place is well cared for, clean and tidy, and quite busy on a Tuesday afternoon.
Last visited September 2017.
Prescot Road / Kingsway
Old Bank Opened in 2012, I think, this is a rather pleasant friendly local boozer. It's unusual, and pleasing, to see a new example of this style of pub nowadays. The well cared for two room interior features some excellent pictures of former Huyton pubs.
Last visited 2014.
Princess Drive / Liverpool Road, Page Moss
Quarry Inn "Casey's" This busy friendly local has a nicely done two bar interior. Reported closed in 2007, but re-opened since, and then closed again in January 2010. Now demolished.
Last visited 2006.
Wood Lane / Dales Row
Queens Arms
In this free standing pub re-built in the 1950s the bar is plain with LSTV and dartboard, and the lounge nicely decorated with another LSTV or two. Pleasant clean and tidy since the smoking ban.
Last visited November 2016.
Blacklow Brow / Pinnington Place
Quiet Man 1998: A very large nicely done out pub with three separate bars.
2009: Slightly tatty outside but the plainly decorated small front room is very nicely looked after and spotlessly clean. The other rooms appeared to be out of use.
Demolished in 2011.
Last visited 2009.
Longview Drive / Wallace Drive
Roby Hotel
Hand pump
A large nicely done out free standing fifties pub hidden in the middle of a contemporaneous housing estate. The pleasant comfortable interior retains its original layout, with two front rooms and a larger one at the back.
Last visited December 2016.
Greystone Road / Westfield Avenue
Saint Aloysius Social Club "Alleys" A nicely looked after and decorated social club busy even on a Tuesday night. Enormous concert hall in addition to two bars. Very cheap beer.
Last visited 1998.
Twig Lane, back entrance on Crosswood Crescent
Saint Margaret Mary's Social Club Totally hidden behind the church is this very nicely done out social club with a spacious bar, a large function room, a snooker room and another small side room.
Last visited 2003.
Pilch Lane / Adcote Close
Seel Arms Small areas partially knocked through into a fairly large room with plain decor. A nicely kept traditional pub.
Last visited July 2016.
Hall Lane / Ellis Ashton Street
St Agnes Catholic Church Club
Not visited.
Huyton Hey Road
St Agnes Social Club Closed and demolished in 2016.
Not visited.
Manor Farm Road
St Aidens
Not visited.
Adswood Road
Stanley Arms
Hand pump
An impressive exterior with a splendid stone crest on this large free standing building. A major refurbishment in 2006 has provided a very nice interior, and they've managed to retain the 30s leaded glass windows. The food is good value. The TVs are not obtrusive if you don't want to watch the match. The real ale, a choice of one or two, is usually spot on.
Last visited October 2017.
Roby Road / Eaton Close
Swan The formerly very nice decor in the lounge was getting a little threadbare and grubby before it was substantially refurbished in late 2002, when they knocked through creating one enormous room, and did a fine job of the redecoration. Rhubarb and custard doesn't sound like a good colour scheme but actually it's very pleasant.
It always seems to be remarkably busy.
Last visited November 2017.
Rupert Road / Kingsway
Not visited.
Grant Road
Tent Closed. Demolished some time ago.
Not visited.
West View Road
Wetherspoon's Barker's Brewery (Rose and Crown) (Wheatsheaf)
Hand pump
This enormous 50s/60s pub spent the latter part of 2003 boarded up, and then after a period when one side re-opened it was closed for a major refurbishment, changing its name to Wheatsheaf at the same time. The well cared for interior of the Rose and Crown was pretty impressive, with Ionic columns and some nice woodwork and I was concerned that this would be lost in the refurbishment, but I was pleased to find that they'd done an excellent job, modernising while retaining lots of original features. It didn't last very long, however, and I noticed it had closed in November 2008. (The Wheatsheaf was actually the name of a long gone pub which was located nearby.)
Opened as a Wetherspoon's in January 2011, named after a brewery which was on this site. It has had a major interior refurbishment with changes to the layout.
Let's hope Wetherspoon's have better luck than on their previous attempt at a Huyton pub, the Oak Tree. And I think we can say they have - The real ale offering has improved in quality and breadth over the years.
Huyton Lane / Blue Bell Lane