|The Hop Vine in Burscough is well known |
for its food, but is still a good real ale pub.
All the pubs did food, and only one, a residential hotel with a real ale bar, asked if we'd be eating, but there was no problem when we said no. All were welcoming and friendly, and I got the impression that all, including the hotel, had a core of regulars who came in just to have a drink. Perhaps that's the difference: when a pub ceases to have such regulars, it has completed the transition from pub to restaurant where drinkers are seen as table blockers rather than customers.
|The Mount Pleasant, nearest pub to where|
I live: good food, but still a real pub.
For myself, if I choose to have a meal in a pub, I prefer the kinds of pubs I visited in Lancashire to any gastropub. Curmudgeon specifically mentioned Cheshire, which in parts is much posher than Southport. That may explain the number of pricey food pubs he has encountered.
I've just found a webpage called "Leading Gastropubs Southport". The nearest is 12.4 miles away.