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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 #224 of 1,042 restaurants in Liverpool
Price range: $7 - $21
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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76% Recommend
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English first
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

Saw this from the open top bus and came round again. Firstly it's worth visiting for the decor, it feels like a proper gentleman's club in the main room. Nice range of real ales on tap, plus the usual bar stuff. The dining room I was in upstairs whilst very pleasant was a bit of an anticlimax though would have... More

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Stourbridge UK
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61 reviews 61 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Do both cathedrals in Liverpool and between the two have a pint in the 'Phil'. It has one of the most stunning pub interiors anywhere in the UK: wood panelling and great tiles. The gents toilet is a riot of decoration and is SO famous for it that ladies are allowed in to view - by arrangement! Pity the same... More

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is a Nicholsons Chain Pub, so the menu is what you get at Nicholsons Pubs. I think it counts as a serviceable pub menu with some items that are a bit different - the Iberian Pig Burger is definitely one of my favourites. But this is not fine dining, but you get a good meal, and many good drinking... More

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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The best thing about this pub is the gents toilets. Beer poor quality and food average. Plenty of better places to go nearby. Very disappointing.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

visited here last month after having it recomended by locals while on a weekend away.we were not dissapointed it was a fantastic pub and restaurant so grand and old world lovely food good selection of real ale and were told mens toilets arelisted and are amaizing this pub/restaurant is realy worth a visit

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Walked a long way to find this place on a recommendation. The building is an amazing slice of history, so many original features. A good selection of real ales, perhaps we just didn't find them but Liverpool doesn't seem to have many real ale pubs. We had Sunday lunch here and I wasn't really that impressed, very average. As we... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The food was of barely average quality and had a definite microwave look about it although it may have been left in the oven too long. The menu showed crispy baby potatoes but we were served what appeared to be reheated wedges. No explanation was given. A pretty disappointing experience, although the beer was good. Won't be going back anytime... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Visited this restaurant on Saturday 21st June with two friends and have a brilliant experience. Service was friendly and professional with the waitreses being very helpful and accommodating. As we have come to expect the food was really good and excellent value for money. The location is ideally situated for anyone wanting a meal before attending one of the theatre... More

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Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Fine old decor, well preserved. Also good grub and decent beer, a short walk from the Metropolitan Cathedral and not too far from the Anglican one (nowhere near the location given on the TripAdvisor map, BTW).

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

My other half is a real ale freak and wanted to visit this old Victorian pub, what a gem, its interior décor is fantastic, the stained glass and original tiling. Well worth a visit just to see this alone

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