33a Wapping, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 8DQ
Tel: 0151 709 3116 „
We went to the Baltic fleet for the first time in a year or so last Sunday. The staff told us that the kitchen had come back under the pub's control from the franchise that ran it last time. the pub it's self is a bit scruffy but the atmosphere, ppl and staff made it a brilliant place to be.
My partner and I had an excelent 2 course roast dinner by a roaring log fire.
We had home-made roast tomato soup and stuffed portabello mushrooms to start and roast rib eye beef and welsh lamb with ALL the trimmings for our mains. The food was well portioned and Brilliant value @ 9.95 for the 2 courses!
The staff were very good and were willing to answer any questions about the magnificent building and it's past and to talk beer as the pub has it's own brewery in the cellar. They mentioned refurbishment works and restoration to come in the summer so hopefuly they will be able to restore the building to it's full former glory whilst expanding their brewery and cellar space.
All in all we had a great time in this experience of a pub, we only stopped in for a pint and stayed for 4 hours!
Close to the new Arena and withthe atmosphere is there plenty of parking only a very short distance away, the Baltic Fleet is a place to visit. It is shabby in decor but the atmosphere is there and,more importantly, the food is good. We enjoyed the 'platter' from the early evening menu served bewtween 5 and 7 p,m , the "Arena Special" A mixture of spicy skewered meat, miniburgers and chicken wrapped in prosciutto served with homemade sauces (spicy and __different, the platter came with garlic bread and rosemary bread plus a bowl of chips made with real potatoes They care about food here and ons feels as if one has taken a step back in time. Don,t be put off by ther shabby door and peeling paint. Go for the food, the courteous service, ther step back into yesterday. Go before they change anything. We plan to go back again!
I was really surprised to see this pub listed here on Dooyoo, but it's a great opportunity for me to tell you about it. We visited The Baltic Fleet last autumn, when we were in Liverpool for the day. We found it by accident ~ we were looking for somewhere to eat on a busy Sunday and were at The Albert Dock. There were surprisingly few pubs around and what eateries there were looked extremely crowded. This was our first visit to Liverpool so we didn't know our way around ~ so we set off away from the Albert Dock where we could see what looked like a pub; they were bound to be serving Sunday lunches! The street we were on turned out to be Wapping and the pub turned out to be The Baltic Fleet ~ and, oh, it WAS serving lunches; thank goodness 'cos by now we were starving! ~~~How to get there. The pub can be found not far away from the Albert Dock at 33a The Wapping, Liverpool. I'm no good at directions so there is a map at http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.cgi?pc=L18DQ&title=The+Baltic+Fleet&cat=pub which shows the pub ringed in red! ~~~The Exterior. To be honest the pub looked a bit tatty from the outside. It's a really interesting shape (reminded me a bit of a tram, or a pleasure steamer or tug boat in shape) but could do with a bit of a re-paint. The paint is peeling off the sides, but this didn't put us off. The building is apparently Grade II listed, which is good to know ~ it is a remarkable looking place that is being restored gradually to how it used to be. ~~~The Interior. The theme is the sea and also the relatives of the owner. He showed us all the photos on the wall and pointed out some of his family too. He obviously takes a great pride in the place and was genuinely pleased when we showed an interest in his pub and the brewery underneath. Structurally, the pub is divided into three floors; the first floor is staff only, the ground floor has the bar and the restauran
t and the basement is where you will find the toilets and the new brewery. The inside is actually a bit on the tatty side too ~ this is probably to emphasise the "rustic" atmosphere so close to the new apartments on the waterfront (we didn't hear a single Liverpool accent in the whole time we were there!). ~~~The Food. This was a real surprise ~ the food was top class and different too! We were surprised to see how busy it got and we were lucky they were able to squeeze us in (there were four of us and they had a lot of bookings). The fact that they had so many bookings encouraged us ~ a sign that the food was worth trying! They have a more extensive menu during the week, but on Sundays there is the choice of roasts and a vegetarian alternative. The produce used to make the meals comes from local suppliers. It was excellently cooked and of a very high standard indeed. I had Welsh Black Beef, which melted in my mouth! The Sunday Roast cost £5.95 each ~ a great price for a huge portion! ~~~The Atmosphere. The staff, behind the bar, were really friendly and seemed happy to chat and tell you about what beers they had and what they recommended. The owner was interested in what we were asking and couldn't do enough to make us feel at home ~ but not to the point of crowding us and making us feel uncomfortable. We moved into the bar after our lunch and had another pint ~ the seats weren't too comfy and didn't match, but we felt happy to sit and soak in the atmosphere of such a unique place! ~~~The Beer. This is what really made the visit for me. The Passageway Brewery (a local Liverpool brewery) had recently moved its operations (and is under new management) into the cellar of the Baltic Fleet. It is now known as Wapping Beers and its beers are served on a rotational basis behind the bar. It was the end of the summer so we had a pint of Wapping Summer Ale (which incidentally cost on
ly £1.65) with the meal and a pint of Cains Dark mild in the bar after. It's wonderful to have the chance to taste beer in situ and we were really impressed with the quality of the brew. The brewery isn't open on Sundays, but they said that if we ever came back during the week they would be really pleased to let us have a look. They even brew an ale called The Baltic Fleet, but it wasn't on that day ~ a shame because that would have been a nice one to try. ~~~Final Thoughts. It was a real treat to find this place so close to all the tourist places of the Albert Dock. We are planning to go back to Liverpool again soon (Alun's brother owns a vintage bus and we go for the transport rallies in Birkenhead), so I'm sure we will be seeking out the Baltic Fleet again. We know that we will get good food, good beer and a good all round drinking experience. Thoroughly recommended!
Round, I may be. But that's enough of that! The Baltic Fleet Public House is located opposite the northern corner of the Wapping Warehouse, which is basically opposite the Albert Dock in Liverpool. It is a Grade II listed building and is one of the few remaining public houses on the dock road, where in times gone by, Mariners could take their pick of watering holes. I read somewhere that this building is built in the Victorian palazzo style, although I have no idea what this means, or any care to mention it further. But I do care to give you a description of a splendid pub, which is quite unique in the centre of Liverpool. Here?s what I?ve got to say?. 1) Ales, spirits & wines Firstly, this pub is not part of any chain and therefore, it always has an excellent selection of local ales on tap. If memory serves me right, usually about 6 guest beers on at once and you won?t pay much more than 1.50 for a pint! Obviously it has the standard range of draught lager / cream-flow bitter / Guineas etc.. at ?normal prices but also available is an excellent (and very reasonably priced) wine list, which does change from time to time. Price depends on what you?re after ? I remember seeing a (decent) Campo Viejo Crianza for about 11quid. The have an excellent range of spirits, including various brandies from around the globe and also have a splendid selection of malts. Chatting to the (laid back and very friendly) Landlord, I discovered that they have even more wonderful spirits stored away, as there isn?t enough bar-space to display them all! So don?t worry about drinking them dry?? Oh, maybe that?s just me then ;o) 2) Cuisine In a word, top notch. Oh, that?s two words, but it matters not. They offer a range of snacks ranging from bacon and Brie toasties, through various soups, to goodness knows what else. Expect to pay a couple of quid for such a snack. However, this pub has also a restaurant area where you will be thoroughly impre
ssed by the standard of meals. We went mid December for our annual Yacht Club Christmas dinner and found the food to be as good as you?d expect from a decent hotel. Not only was it delicious and served with the utmost courtesy, the extra touches, like nibbles on the table as you arrive and sorbet between courses to refresh the palette, really made the difference. 3-course meals cost about 20quid and remember this was the Christmas menu. I can?t praise the food enough. 3) Décor Ok, so that bit of schpeel at the start (which I more or less plagiarised from somewhere) tells you about the building. Inside, as you?d expect, there is a nautical theme. The décor is predominantly wooden with redbrick structures. It is split onto three floors ? the first floor for the staff quarters, the ground floor is the main bar and restaurant (split) and the basement, for the ?heads? (or toilets for you landlubbers!). The basement has recently been refurbished and I haven?t been back to re-examine. Will do soon though! All in all, a really relaxing atmosphere for a few jars. 4) Ahoy?s Summary Basically, if you want an authentic pub with a good selection of ales, a mixed clientele (no ?bad scallies? or the like!) and a few tasty bites to eat, you won?t find anywhere better in Liverpool. It really is worth popping in. It does have it?s own parking, if you just fancy a meal and is only about a ten minute walk away from Liverpool city centre. So, what are you waiting for?..