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A Liverpool pub once praised by Bill Bryson has been given the same listed status as Buckingham Palace.
The Philharmonic Dining Rooms in Liverpool has been given Grade I status, the first purpose-built pub to receive the honour according to Historic England.
They described it as “one of the most spectacular pubs to be completed in the golden age of pub building” and a “cathedral among pubs”.
Bryson wrote, in a book on this sceptred isle published in 1995:
There is no place in the world finer for a pee than the ornate gents' room of the Philharmonic.
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In a legendary episode of Carpool Karaoke with James Corden, Sir Paul McCartney played a surprise show at the pub in 2018, delighting the locals no end.
The pub was constructed between 1898 and 1900 by architect Walter W Thomas and now, at long last, it has been officially deemed on a par with the Queen’s London residence.
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