700lb cow stars in £275,000 relaunch of Liverpool pub

A Liverpool pub has reopened following a £275,000 refurbishment with the centrepiece attraction being a 700lb brown and white cow in the beer garden. Tony McDonough reports

The Brown Cow Inn
The Brown Cow Inn in Gateacre in south Liverpool


A pub in Liverpool has reopened following a £275,000 investment which includes a large new beer garden and 700lb brown and white cow.

Community pub operator Hawthorn has invested the cash into The Brown Cow Inn in Gateacre in south Liverpool. A listed building, the venue has undergone an extensive renovation with fresh fittings, an updated bar area, new toilets, and refreshed external décor, including stained glass windows true to the building’s heritage.

Also new is a large beer garden on a previously unused piece of land, with space for 200 guests, including 60 covered seats. Most eye-catching of all, however, is a 700lb statue of a brown and white cow located in the garden.

The Brown Cow is owned by Hawthorn, the community pub company which owns more than 700 pubs across Scotland, England and Wales, and will be run by husband and wife team, Andy and Marie Colvin. 

The Brown Cow
The 700lb brown and white cow at The Brown Cow in Gateacre


The Colvins have extensive expertise running community pubs, with each of them bringing over a decade of experience. Following the pub’s reopening, they plan to throw an official reopening party on May 17, in-line with Government guidelines, to formally welcome new and returning locals to the Halewood Road landmark.

Andy said: “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome back the locals that we know have missed this Liverpool gem. Hawthorn is a great company to work with and we’d like to thank them for their support in transforming our pub into what it is now.

“After successfully running another Hawthorn pub in Bolton, we know that the Brown Cow Inn is the perfect fit for us. We’re looking forward to being part of the community in Gateacre and welcoming guests both new and old to come and enjoy the brand-new Brown Cow.”

Mark Brooke, director of managed operations at Hawthorn, added: “Andy and Marie are both extremely valued members of the Hawthorn family, and we couldn’t think of a team we would rather be running this pub.”

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