Admiral Taverns’ ‘major restoration’ for burnt down Merseyside pub

By Georgina Townshend

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Scotch Piper: one of Admiral Taverns' "crown jewels" has been restored
Scotch Piper: one of Admiral Taverns' "crown jewels" has been restored

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One of the oldest pubs in Merseyside and the “crown jewels” of Admiral Taverns’ estate, the Scotch Piper, is reopening with the help of a £140,000 refurbishment after it was fire damaged last year.

The pub, on Southport Road, underwent a major investment and restoration after it was almost razed to the ground late last year, and will reopen tomorrow (6 April).

The new licensees Colin Rimmer and Jamie Green are “very excited” to be taking on this historical site, they said. 

Admiral Taverns property and strategy director Andy Clifford said: “We are thrilled to reopen the Scotch Piper, one of the crown jewels of the Admiral Taverns’ estate.

“It is a fantastic community pub dating back to the 15th​ century and we’re proud to be remaining true to that heritage.

“This is not only in terms of the restoration, which the pub has undergone, but also in the way that the pub will continue to be part of the local community – an ethos we passionately believe in at Admiral Taverns.” 

Welcoming customers old and new

Green has said he is “relishing the challenge” of combining his career as an airline pilot with being customer-facing in the pub. 

“We are delighted to have been able to get the Scotch Piper restored and open, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming customers old and new,” he added. 

“The Scotch Piper pub is steeped in history and it’s a dream come true to be running this prestigious pub.”  

Admiral Taverns business development manager for the local area Tom Jones added: “We have been inundated with messages of support from the local community and we’d like to especially thank those who are helping Jamie and Colin apply the finishing touches before we reopen.

"This local support is fantastic and is very much appreciated by Jamie and Colin.”

Grand National

The opening comes just in time for customers to enjoy watching the racing calendar’s most famous steeplechase, the Grand National, which takes place at nearby Aintree on 8 April.

Customers are invited to watch the race while enjoying the product range on offer including cask ales and a selection of continental beers.

The new Scotch Piper pub will be “just as distinctive as the old”, said the pubco, because the team has sourced the exact same furniture as before the fire to ensure that regulars “won’t miss a beat” when they step beneath the new thatched roof, which the pub is famous for.

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