Arguably England's most splendid Victorian pub, the Philharmonic was built in 1898 for Liverpool brewer Robert Cain. Architect Walter Thomas enlisted the skills of Liverpool University's Department of Architecture and Applied Art, which created a magnificent interior incorporating every medium available. Cain must have given them free rein and an open-ended budget.
The overall impression is of a baronial hall; the walls are clad in dark mahogany panelling broken up with inset copper relief plaques depicting a musical themes. Mosaic tiles cover the floor and bar front. Stained glass partitions and etched glass panels let in defused light. No surface is left undecorated in the finest materials worked by craftsmen. In a word, it's overwhelming. Tourists love it, obviously, but Liverpudlians flock here too and are proud to have such a wonderful pub in their city.
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