The best pub in Runcorn. It just is.
I'm an ale drinker, so the quality of beer is my main criteria in pub choice, and the ales at The Prospect are spot on. Normally a choice of 5 or 6 ales (personally I'm rather partial to the Adnams Broadside which seems to be fairly regular). As said before, the choice of ales differs depending on which side of the bar you sit on, so make sure you check what's on the other side. Friendly staff.
Really nice old-style pub, with an open fire in the winter. Food is simple, but done well and reasonably priced. Ranges from toasted sandwiches and pie and chips (Cowards pies for those in the area), to currys and more exotic stuff on the specials boards. Food service tends to stop a bit earlier than you'd expect (generally stopped by 1.30 pm at lunch, and 7.30 pm at dinner), so well worth ringing ahead if you intend to eat there.
I agree with jimeat. I used to be a regular here (every bank holiday monday!). It is a fair drive from where I live and, of course, one of us had to forgo the beer!
Fortunately, on a Monday night, there is a folk singers meeting, when anyone who can sing or play nything at all will be invited to contribute to the entertainment. This can be heartily recommended to anyone with the slghtest interest in music.
The ales are another matter! In one side there are three guest ales, usually including Caledonian Deuchars IPA - I have spen months trying to work out what they do to this as I can't get it to taste as good! The other two guests are usually almost as palatable and always interesting. After a number of visits, I noticed so singers drinking different beers - this was when I found out that the guests on the other bar are often different! Sometimes a choice of six!
Needless to say, this is a must-visit whenever we get the time to drive there (or get someone to drive us there, even better).
I've never been during the day time, so don't know if they do food, but remember passing a kitchen when coming in from the small car park at the rear.
The onlt reason for not giving five stars is that it's a bdy awkward pub to get to!
Only four stars as this was my first visit. Good range of ales in a cosy bar. Best pub I've visited in Runcorn and will return - potential 5 stars.
visited the prospect for a drink while visiting my daughter and found it to be a cosy nice and friendly little pub well worth a visit if in this area did not on this occasion try the food but will certainly visit again.