Hair of the dog

As the team (finally) turns the corner on Doghouse edition six, we proudly completed our pub-visits of Liverpool and surrounding area by visiting Birkenhead yesterday: popping first into Gallagher's Pub & Barbers on Chester Street, and secondly: the ornate Stork Hotel on Price Street

Both were cracking pubs, with a lively buzz about them – though evidently more so at Gallagher's; largely due to a line of customer's awaiting their hair cuts, and a gathering of servicemen in the bar – drinking the place dry. At The Stork we had to do with the barmaid, a lone lobby drinker, and Columbo on the public bar TV. It still had bags of atmosphere all the same, and a most wonderful place – especially if you like decorative tiling.

I personally didn't grab a cut and blow at Gallagher's, but I did manage to come away with half a dozen Courage glasses from The Stork – three for a pound being as they are. They've got plenty more for sale too, all sat along the top shelf of the curved bar; including a good number of Timothy Taylor Landlord vessels.

And if you happen to fancy more than just the glassware; The Stork Hotel is currently up for lease, as the licensees Karen Murphy and her husband Larry bow out after a magnificent run of nearly 25 years this April. Click here to find out more.