A WIRRAL bar offering a shave and a snip with your pint has been named Merseyside Pub of the Year.
Frank and Sue Gallagher ran barber shops in the North End of Birkenhead and on Market Street, but decided to merge their existing businesses with a new venture.
And when they visited the empty former Cains Dispensary and Hamlet pub on Chester Street, Woodside, they found their ideal premises.
The hostelry, called Gallagher's Pub and Barbers, has been a huge success, with a focus on the finest real ales.
Their bar boasts permanent contributions from two of Wirral’s finest microbreweries, Brimstage and Cleveland Street-based Peerless, as well as beers from Liverpool Organic and Stockport’s Phoenix brewery.
And the pub is now pioneering locally-produced ciders.
This latest award comes after CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) recognised them by naming Gallagher's Wirral Pub of the Year.
CAMRA’s Mike McGuigan said: “CAMRA like to support people who have good, and particularly local, beer on the bar.
“They’ve now also got proper farm ciders, and I think that’s almost unheard of in Merseyside. They talk to their customers, see what works between themselves and try things out. And having two businesses on one premises just makes the whole thing more sustainable.”