Lancashire Times
Weekend Edition
Graham Clark
Features Writer
3:37 PM 24th November 2021

Time To Experience The One O’clock Gun Pub In Liverpool

Liverpool’s One O’Clock Gun was fired for the first time from Morpeth Dock on the 21st September 1867 – the start of a tradition which would last over a century in the port of Liverpool.

The huge, familiar boom from the cannon would be heard for miles, offering ships a time check, crews setting their chronometers by the gun. It would also alert everyone nearby of the correct time – for generations of local people within earshot this was a signal that it was time for lunch.

Today, you can find the very first One O’Clock Gun, originally a relic from the Crimean War, situated quayside by the Albert Dock Maritime Museum.

It is a friendly place rather like your local – within thirty minutes we had struck up conversations with our fellow diners.

The food menu is simple: four starters, mains and desserts. 'Proper' pies make up the four mains, all from the Great North Pie Company – and all served with creamy mash, mushy peas and gravy (£12.00).

The Gun Nachos (£6.00) are ideal for sharing with a good selection of cheese, guacamole, sour cream - though I was not sure if the guacamole had been replaced by mushy peas.

My classic Lancashire Cheese and Onion Pie was wholesome, tasty with a good pastry whilst my partner's Roast Chicken and Ham Pie was equally as good and enjoyable.

If you have room for a dessert the Sticky Toffee Pudding (£6.50) comes served with butterscotch and vanilla ice cream; a moist and succulent dish that did not disappoint, whilst my partner's Chocolate Tart served with a poached peach and ice cream (£6.00) was as good as it looked.

You can wash all this down with a selection of local beers – the One O’Clock Pale Ale brewed by the Carnival Brewing Company. There was a surprise at the bottom of the coffee cup, a photo of the One O’Clock gun – though I think that if they served a Malteser on the side of the cup, by way of being a cannonball it would complement the surprise.

The service was quick and friendly and it is somewhere I would return back to next time I am in Liverpool.

The One O’Clock Pub, Unit 3A, Britannia Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD