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The Philharmonic Dining Rooms

36 Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BX, England (Central Liverpool)
0151 707 2837
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Ranked #209 of 1,075 restaurants in Liverpool
Price range: $7 - $20
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Central Liverpool
Description: You will find The Philharmonic Dining Rooms in Liverpool within a short stroll of Hardman Street, Myrtle Street and Hope Street - however you won't find another like it.Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous British hospitality.The Philharmonic Dining Rooms is one of many rare gems in the Nicholson's collection of great British pubs, reputed for their distinctive buildings, intriguing history and vibrant atmosphere.
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77% Recommend
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Durham, United Kingdom
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130 reviews 130 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This pub must be visited on any trip to Liverpool! Located in the middle of Hope Street, The Philharmonic is well over 100 years old and many of its original features are intact - From the Art Deco wrought iron and copper entrance gates (which, admittedly, I found a little gaudy - but never mind) to the most extraordinary interiors... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Our first visit here for a meal and it was very enjoyable. We wanted to visit for the Sunday roast but later in the evening so I phoned a few days in advance to book, the guy I spoke to was very helpful and as he said the beef had often ran by the early afternoon he said he would... More

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Probably the best city pub in the world. Revel in the exuberant architecture and decoration, not missing the only Grade 1 listed toilet in the UK, whilst sampling some of the finest beverages known to man. Food's not bad, either.

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63 reviews 63 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The dining room was closed for a private function so we had a snack in the main pub room. I had the 3 beers for £3 which were really good to help wash down a lovely dish of nachos. The interior of the pub is like stepping back in time with all the wood panelling and mosaic tiling etc. It... More

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Bangor, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Great surroundings, great history, bad service. We were told food would be served in 20 mins, even though the place had been open for hours, waitress didn't come near us again, no toilet rolls in ladies either. Had a pint and left, place looks amazing though, waitress seems to think that's enough.

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Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Living in Edinburgh, I am used to some pretty amazing Victorian pubs (Café Royal, Abbotsford, Guildford Arms), but The Phil is something else! Don't know where to begin. The detail is fabulous - even the mosaic around the base of the bar is beautiful. Main large lounge has to be seen to be believed and the gent's toilets take your... More

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Mechelen, Belgium
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We had the sausage and mash... Normally i have breakfast and dinner on a Sunday, no lunch, but we came there for a greasy lunch, and it was exactly what we needed. Polite service, clean, yummy food.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Popped in here for a couple of wines with my partner whilst on a day trip to Liverpool. The interior of this building is stunning, all original Victorian features that will make you feel like you've gone back in time. Knowing that John Lennon used to drink in here too made it feel extra special for me as a huge... More

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Perth, Australia
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

We saw this place whilst on a bus trip and thought it looked so pretty that we wanted to see inside. We were not disappointed, the interior is just gorgeous with an old world charm to it. We loved it so much we ate their both the nights we were in Liverpool. Charlee and Lucy were the waitresses and they... More

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We had seen the Philharmonic on the tv and really wanted to visit. We were not disappointed. We had a meal on a Friday evening and really enjoyed it. The waitress couldn't have been more helpful. It was busy in the bar and had a great atmosphere. The decor is stunning.

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