The Plumbers Arms closed in June 2008. We will leave this review here in the hope that they are able to reopen.
Now that it has a proper name (it was known for some years as Fagin's) we can take this little side-street pub a bit more seriously. It's a plain simple place that reminds Chester@Large of The Three Greyhounds in London's Soho where we used to serve behind the bar many years ago. Although there is no sign of the snake charmers, prostitutes and Jeffrey Bernard who patronised the latter establishment, the film-wrapped ham rolls behind the bar might be the very same.
This is a drinker's pub. People come here to avoid the night club crowds and have a good old-fashioned session with the possibility of getting a seat. Nearly everybody smokes, many go to the trouble of putting on a jacket and tie. It's well looked after but there is nothing apart from the alcopops and aftershocks to tell you that you aren't in fact marooned in the late seventies. Unremarkable beer is from Thwaites, the as-far-as-we-know still independent Lancashire brewery.