Set in the village centre, The Jug and Bottle is an inviting property with a buzzy ambience. A…
Fox and Hounds
“Friendly village inn serving classic pub grub”
On the Wirral peninsula in quaint Barnston, the Fox and Hounds was built in 1911 but there has been a pub on this site since the 16th century, when its clientele would have been thirsty farm workers. The pub’s Edwardian character is retained in both the lounge and bar areas via leaded windows, pitch-pine woodwork and an open fire. As well as a range of real ales including Trappers Hat brewed just over a mile away at Brimstage and cider made in north Wales, the choice of 60-plus malts certainly appeals to whisky aficionados. Bar snacks might include salt and pepper-style pigs in blankets or paprika dusted breaded whitebait, and the charcuterie sharing platter is perfect for two. Then there’s beer-battered haddock and chips, steak and ale pie, or the 7oz steak burger.
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About the area
A metropolitan county on the River Mersey, with Liverpool as its administrative centre, Merseyside incorporates the towns of Bootle, Birkenhead, St Helena, Wallasey, and Southport. In the 19th century, Liverpool was England’s second greatest port, and the area has been affected by urban deprivation and unemployment.
When the port of Chester silted up in medieval times, Liverpool took up the slack. The first dock was built in 1715 and the port came to prominence with the slave trade. Following abolition, the port grew to a seven-mile stretch of docks, busy with cargoes of cotton, tobacco and sugar and the huge wave of emigration from Europe to the New World in the 19th and 20th centuries. In its turn, immigration brought an influx of people to Merseyside to join its expanding population, including many from Ireland fleeing the potato famines. In the second half of the 20th century, accessible air travel brought an end to the era of the ocean-going liners. Meanwhile, trade with Europe was picked up by the southeastern ports. Merseyside’s population dwindled, but it remains one of Britain’s most vibrant and interesting areas.
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