A campaign to save one of Liverpool’s most famed pubs is celebrating its purchase by a member of the family who have run it for 40 years.

“We have just received some fantastic news that Carol Ross, the licensee of The Roscoe Head, has acquired the freehold of this famous Liverpool city centre pub” said Liverpool & Districts pub protection officer Gordon Murray.

The purchase of the pub heralds a new era for the pub, which is one of only five to be listed  in every edition of the Good Beer Guide.

“Yes we were just as surprised as everyone else but this is absolutely tremendous news and of great significance,” said Gordon.

“Carol has managed to prise this CAMRA award winning pub from her pubco owner New River Retail (NRR) who are renowned for converting pubs into retail and residential units.

“The Roscoe has been included in every edition of CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide since 1974, including the 2021 edition. There have only ever been five pubs in the country that are known to have appeared in every edition.

Liverpool & Districts branch has been involved in the many and various campaigns to Save the Roscoe over the years and latterly supporting the Friends of the Roscoe in achieving the registering of the pub as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) which probably gave Carol and NRR the space to negotiate a deal.

Gordon said: “Well done Carol and thanks to all supporters. Look forward to the reopening and seeing you in The Good Beer Guide 2022 edition.”

Carol Ross said she was delated as she had been trying to buy the pub for so long.

“I have now bought the Roscoe Head, the very special historic pub that has been in my family for decades.

“I am truly elated that this has finally come to fruition, at times I thought this battle was never ending, there is only so much stress you can live with and the time nearly came for me to just walk away, but I stuck with it and I am so glad I did, as I would have felt I was letting my family and customers down otherwise.

“I want to say a big thank-you to all my Roscoe Head family of supporters who have continued to fight this battle with me for over 10 years. I would like to thank my local councillors especially Nick Small who has continued to support me throughout these hard times.

“Many thanks also to Liverpool CAMRA’s Graham Murray and Steve Downing for organising the Asset of Community Value during lockdown.”

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