Liverpool Philharmonic: Pub joins Buckingham Palace on Grade I list

An opulent pub once praised by Bill Bryson for its ornate toilets has been given the same listed status as Buckingham Palace and Chatsworth House.

The Philharmonic Dining Rooms in Liverpool is the first purpose-built Victorian pub in England to be given Grade I status, Historic England said.

Ten other pubs have also had their status updated to include their interiors.

They include four of eight in the country known to have no actual bar.

Historic England said the Philharmonic as regarded as a “cathedral among pubs” for its grandeur, and was “one of the most spectacular pubs to be completed in the golden age of pub building” at the end of the 19th Century.

It was constructed between 1898 and 1900 by architect Walter W Thomas and was Grade II* listed in 1966.

Bill Bryson wrote about it in his 1995 book Notes From A Small Island saying: “There is no place in the world finer for a pee than the ornate gents’ room of the Philharmonic.”

Former Beatles star Sir Paul McCartney played a surprise show at the pub in 2018 while he was recording an episode of Carpool Karaoke with James Corden.

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