The Freshfield Hotel in Formby sells 10 real ales and a real cider, the best range of beer in Formby by far, and has regular music nights, such as open mike nights, the monthly Grateful Fred's roots and acoustic club and a monthly jazz night. I am consequently rather concerned to hear that the owners Greene King are going to turn it into a Hungry Horse pub. A look at the website shows that Hungry Horse is all about food: the only reference to beer on the entire site is: "Our pubs are known for high quality, big value food, a choice of beers, ales and drinks to suit all tastes." Notice that even in that one sentence, food is mentioned first.
The function room will probably be converted to a restaurant, which will force out all the music nights and I can't see them retaining the great range of beers, because that is not what this chain is about. I tried to look on the pub's own website, but it seems to have been taken down.
I hope I'm wrong, but I doubt it ~ it will be a shame to lose such a great real ale and music venue. I'll let you know if I hear anything new.