Tuesday, 2 June 2015

The Mount Pleasant

The Mount Pleasant
The Mount Pleasant, known as the Mount, is a large attractive redbrick pub on Manchester Road. It apparently got its name because some joker noticed it sits on a piece of land that is a couple of feet higher than the surrounding land. On the outside, there is a beer garden, a smoking shelter and a car park. Inside it is attractively decorated in a light and airy style with five drinking areas, including a vaults and a conservatory. The art deco windows proclaiming "Lion Ales" are a relic of when the pub was run by Lion Brewery of Blackburn. The ground floor is fully accessible with a disabled toilet. The conservatory and an upstairs function room are available for bookings.

There are three handpumps, one serving Sharps Doom Bar and the other two changing guest beers. They have been deservedly awarded Cask Marque for the quality of their real ale. There is also a range of lagers and keg beers. The Mount is also known for its good value food, home cooked on site, and available all day until 8pm (9pm Friday and 7pm Sunday).

As well as food and drink, there is plenty going on at the Mount. On the first Monday of the month, there is Philosophy in Pubs, and the second and fourth Mondays poetry and creative writing sessions. Every Tuesday evening, the Southport Swords, our local longsword and Morris side, practice there: if you're interested, either roll up and chat to the lads or phone Geoff on 01695 575235. Also on Tuesday, the Southport Chess Club meets in the pub. Wednesday is quiz night, and they show a film on Thursday afternoon on their three-metre screen, which is also sometimes used for sports. Thursday evening is poker night. They have live music on Saturdays with local soul or classic rock acts.

The Mount is about a ten-minute walk from the north end of Lord Street. If you need to know more, phone Joan or Jo on 01704 514131. The full address is 107 Manchester Road, Southport, PR9 9B


This is part of a series of articles that I am writing for the CAMRA column in our local paper, the Southport Visiter. Previous reviews are here. 

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