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Thursday, 27 September 2012

The Cheshire Lines

The newly refurbished Cheshire Lines
The Cheshire Lines is probably the oldest pub in Southport. It is a quaint pub in King Street, and for many years has been noted for its meals; it has been popular with lovers of Tetley beers, whose ranks don't include me. I called in there last Friday, the day it reopened after refurbishment.

The Cheshire Lines is rather picturesque, consisting of a small bar area as you enter with a cosy snug to the left, and a larger room to the rear. It has been nicely redecorated without changing the structure or character of the pub; I understand there was quite a lot of essential maintenance needed too, and the toilets have at last entered the 21st century. There is free wifi for anyone who wants it.

The beers that were on were: Marstons EPA, Marstons Pedigree, Thwaites Original as well as the customary Tetley Bitter. I enjoyed a couple of pints of the Pedigree. This is perhaps not the most exciting of ranges, but the licensee was telling me that she hopes to start stocking beers from local microbrewers, such as Southport and Burscough, and perhaps instal an extra handpump. The changing guest beers have found favour with quite a few of the regular customers, and I've no doubt they will attract more real ale drinkers who, like me, aren't enticed by Tetley's. I called in again on Saturday, and the place was nicely busy, so the reopened pub seems to have made a good start.

I know I'll be visiting more frequently than I used to.

The repainted pub sign ~ the new version is on the right. I'm glad to see
the old Walker's Brewery sign still sitting on top.

3 comments:

  1. I didn't know the Cheshire Lines railway extended into Lancashire as far as Southport. Just shows how educational pubs are!

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  2. I believe the oldest pub in Southport is the Bold in Churchtown. Nice to hear the Cheshire lines has extended their range - may pop in on Sunday

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  3. The Cheshire Lines terminated in Southport on Lord Street. The front of the old station is still there, rather run down, in front of Morrison's supermarket. The old railway line is now the Coastal Road.

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