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Open for outside service from 12 April and inside from 17 May.

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Gallaghers Traditional Pub

(formerly Gallaghers Pub & Barbers Shop; Dispensary; Chester Arms; Hamlet)

20 Chester Street
CH41 5DQ

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Opening Times

MondayMidday - 11.00 pm
TuesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
WednesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
ThursdayMidday - 11.00 pm
Friday11.30 am - Midnight
Saturday11.30 am - Midnight
SundayMidday - 11.00 pm

Meal Times

No Service Mon
12 - 9 Tue - Sat
3 - 9 Sun

About the Pub

Multiple award winning free house close to the famous Mersey ferries, rescued after closure and refurbished in 2010 by a former Irish Guardsman as a unique pub with barber's shop. The barber's shop business closed in October 2016 creating more room for pub customers. The outside area at the rear of the pub has a retractable roof. The pub is decorated with a fascinating range of military memorabilia and a collection of shipping images. The mural on the side wall of the pub was completed in February 2020 and commemorates the sinking of HMS Birkenhead and the Birkenhead Drill, 'women and children first.'

Several ciders are always available. Meals until 9.00pm every day except Monday. Live music every Sunday from 6.30pm and Cheese Night on the last Sunday of the month; bring your own cheese.

Historic Interest

Built around 1826 it was possibly trading as the Prince of Denmark into the 1850s - it was listed in Bagshaw’s Directory of 1850. Changed name to the Hamlet by 1860. A Yates' Castle Brewery pub from 1898, later John Smith's. Change of name to the Chester Arms in the 1980s before being acquired, renovated and renamed the Dispensary by Cains Brewery in the 1990s. Sold and renamed Gallaghers Pub & Barbers Shop in 2010. The old photo shows the Hamlet in about 1907 in the centre of the picture the Kossuth Hotel next door on the right.

Regular cask ales

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Changing cask ales

This pub serves 6 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Brimstage --varies--
  • Rat --varies--
  • Salopian --varies--

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Gallaghers Traditional Pub, Birkenhead


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available

    Several ciders always available.

  • LocAle LocAle Accredited


  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals

    Not Monday.

  • EveningMeals Evening Meals

    Not Monday. Indian menu on Thursday evenings.

  • Garden Pub Garden

    The outside area at the back of the pub has a retractable roof.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • FunctionRoom Function Room
  • Games Traditional Pub Games
  • LiveMusic Live Music

    Every Sunday from 6.30pm.

  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • SportsTV Sports TV

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Gallaghers Traditional Pub

20 Chester Street
CH41 5DQ

Sat Nav Reference

53.393909, -3.012508


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Birkenhead Hamilton Square

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