Thursday 24 May 2012

New real ale outlets

The Cheshire Lines
I've been getting several reports of new real ale outlets in the Southport area: Rueters [sic] and the Hoghton Arms, both on Hoghton Street, the Wellington and the Old Ship, both on Eastbank Street, have all been selling real ale when visited by friends recently. I've also learnt that the Birkdale Tea Rooms now sell two cask ales from the Liverpool Organic Brewery, which recently were 24 Carat Gold and Liverpool Pale Ale, both of which I have written about previously. This is not an obvious venue for real ales, but a welcome addition in Birkdale village, which until now has only had the Park Hotel flying the real ale flag.

The Cheshire Lines in the town centre has recently changed management following the departure of Marge, one of the longest-serving licensees in the town. This pub has been in the Good Beer Guide in the past, despite only serving Tetley Bitter and Mild, but the new licensee has put Bombardier on a third hand pump. Tetley fans will be pleased to know they intend to keep their favourites on, but the addition of a third beer will broaden the real ale appeal of this attractive old pub.

I must check all of these venues soon.


  1. I enjoyed an afternoon in Southport last Saturday. Baron's Bar had a great range of beers all at £1.90 a pint! We hadn't been to the Guest House before but were impressed with the unspoilt layout of the pub and again excellent beers in perfect condition.

  2. Of the Southport pubs I've recently visited:
    Barons Bar maintains a high standard for real ale and a great price(£1.90p).
    Imperial serves a good pint of Holts IPA.Only started going there again after a gap of many years.
    Guest House served a very good pint of Mary Read from Bank Top,a beer I had'nt tried before.
    Cheshire Lines only had Cumberland on as an alternative.This was,however,a good pint.
    Lakeside served a good pint of London Pride.
    Inn Beer Shop,another recent discovery,had a good pint of Sandgrounder.
    Bold Arms struggles with guest beers.Regular Tetley's varies a lot.
    Keep up the good work.

  3. I think we do quite well in Southport for decent beer, not necessarily "innovative" (whatever that means - usually just loads of hops), but a good range of micros and regionals in a variety of pubs.


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