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Southport’s independent food scene is on the up, here’s where you should book a table

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Southport’s independent food scene is on the up, here’s where you should book a table

There’s so much more to dining in Southport than fish & chips on the seafront. Rediscover the experience of eating out with world cuisine and local, seasonal produce on your plate.

There’s an immense sense of pride and passion amongst the independent Southport restaurant owners and their staff. With a blossoming foodie scene, made up from different cuisines, you can travel the world for breakfast, lunch and dinner while also supporting local producers who provide fresh ingredients on a daily basis.

The Southport Restaurateurs Association has been established for 13 years and promotes local independent restaurants in and around Southport.


More: This is what you can expect at Southport Food & Drink Festival 2019 

Eating out in any one of the eateries in the association means that you’re guaranteed 70% of food you are served uses as many locally sourced ingredients as possible and is produced freshly at the establishment. Mainly locally owned, each restaurant has pride and personal touches that you simply don’t get in chain restaurants.

Why not take a walk along the Victorian promenade and view the menus at these top Southport Restauranteurs Association venues and plan your next dining experience?

Here’s 24 Southport Restaurants offering a something for everyone….

Best of British

1 – Conservatory Bar & Bistro

Conservatory Bar at the Royal Clifton Hotel offers a fabulous Sunday Carvery from 12pm until 5pm every week. Fresh local produce and great value with three courses for just £12.50. Menus and more here. 

2 – Forge Brasserie

If seafood and steak are your go to when dining out, a visit to Forge Brasserie is a must. From stroganoff to lemon sole Veronique and a host of delicious vegetarian dishes too, there’s something for everyone on the varied menus. Menus and more here. 

3 – The Hungry Monk

Cambridge Arcade eatery, The Hungry Mink has received some amazing reviews for its décor atmosphere, live entertainment and massive food menu. Check out the sharing grazing platters for tasty nibbles with a glass of wine or two. Menus and more here. 

4 – Marine Brasserie

Part of Bliss Hotel, Marine Brasserie serves up a decadent breakfast and weekend bottomless brunch menu that’s just perfect for getting together with friends, family or even a date. Unlimited prosecco and a hearty brunch dish sounds like our kind of weekend. Menus and more here. 

5 – Nostalgia Tea Rooms

Afternoon Tea doesn’t come much more traditional than this. Head to Nostalgia Tea Rooms on Lord Street and tuck into three tiers of freshly prepared sandwiches, cakes and home-made scones. Menus and more here. 

A Taste of Europe

1 – Auberge Brasserie

Celebrating 25 years of feeding its loyal southport clientel, Auberge Brasseries on Seabank Road offers a true dining experience. Market fresh ingredients, a varied and great value menu and live entertainment too. Steak & Fish night Wednesdays are a fab date night idea. Menus and more here.

2 – Bistrot Verite

If you like your lunch or dinner with a little French flair, Bistrot Verite is the place to go. We’re huge fans of the decadent and generous dishes such as Roquefort cheese, pear, chicory and hazelnut salad, gin cured salmon and parmesan and truffle fries. Menus and more here. 

3 – Chez Moi

Lord Street bar and grill, Chez Moi is a family run French restaurant specialising in traditional cuisine. Yes you heard it here first, you can get frogs legs and escargot in Southport. You can also tuck into pizza, pasta, Moroccan dishes and the perfect steak here too. Menus and more here. 

4 – Gusto Trattoria

With a sun-drenched patio and sophisticated dining room, Gusto Trattoria serves delicious, traditional Italian dishes from lunch til late. Menu highlights include Conchiglie del Mare with fresh prawns and mussels, freshly baked pizzas and the all important homemade tiramisu. Menus and more here. 

5 – Lords Café Bar

If you’re looking for a contemporary venue to enjoy a coffee with a friend, full English before a busy day or somewhere to touch base with a client, Lords Café Bar is the one. You can also add a glass of fizz to your breakfast dish and we can’t see anything wrong with that. Menus and more here.

6 – Pizzeria Mamma Mia

If its freshly baked pizza dough, succulent cuts of meat or delicate pasta dishes you covet, head to Pizzeria Mamma Mia on Lord Street, Southport and dine like royalty. Wonderful staff, talented chefs and a warm welcome await you. Menus and more here. 

7 – El Rincon Bodega

Calling all tapas lovers. Southport’s, El Rincon Bodega creates tasty, authentic tapas every day and what goes better with a trip to the seaside than delicious small plates that remind you of holidays? The cocktail menu is also a winner.  Menus and more here. 

8 – Roberto’s Italian

Ice cold pints of Peroni and pasta dishes that look like works of art! Lunch, light bites or dinner at Roberto’s Italian, Marine Drive is sure to impress. Classics done right, fresh, flavoursome ingredients and a fabulous view are all on offer. Menus and more here. 

9 – 519 Lord Street

You’ll find 519 Lord Street behind one of those stunning Victorian shop front casings we all love. Inside you’re in for a much more contemporary treat with an exciting, affordable menus, cocktails and live entertainment. Menus and more here.

10 – Trattoria 51

Situated on Southport’s famous Promenade, Trattoria 51 offers traditional Italian cuisine and is the first restaurant to partner with market leading gluten free retail brand, DS-gluten free, to launch gluten free pizzas and meals for people who follow a gluten free diet. Pizza, pasta, starters, desserts, fill your boots. Menus and more here.

11 – Villaggio Cucina

Situated in the centre of Birkdale village, Villaggio Cucina serves the best and freshest seasonal produce, Italian cheeses, meat and seafood that reflect traditional flavours. We highly recommend discovering a brand new wine while you dine here, as the offering is far reaching and top quality. Menus and more here. 

12 – Volare

If you want your dining experience to transport you to rural Italy, dinner at Volare is a must-try. Mixing locally sourced and specially imported ingredients, this family run restaurant on Lord Street offers a relaxing, friendly venue to enjoy classic dishes in comfort. Menus and more here. 

Around the World

V Cafe

1 – Churrasco

One for the meat eaters. Southport’s branch of Churrasco on Lord Street is your one stop shop for Angus beef burgers, specialist cuts, seafood, the freshest, crisp salads, ribs, tacos and so much more. Bring your appetite and the whole family. Menus and more here. 

2 – Ho Lee Chow

If its the taste of an imperial banquet you desire, look no further than Ho Lee Chow. All your favourite Chinese starters, duck spring rolls, prawn toast, plus soups, dim sum, noodles, fried rice and lots more make for a filling and heart lunch or dinner experience in Southport. Menus and more here.

3 – Kasturi Indian Cuisine

Who doesn’t love an Indian meal? Getting friends or family together to tuck into a range of different curries with freshly baked naan breads, sweet bhaji’s and an ice cold beer. We’re drooling just writing this and we recommend a trip to Karturi Indian on Eastbank Street to satisfy your cravings. Menus and more here. 

4 – Lings of Kings

Billed as Southport’s number 1 Beijing cuisine restaurant, Lings of Kings offers a huge menu of traditional dishes we all know and love. Famous for its sumptuous banquets and its Barbequed Spare Ribs and Crispy Duck, smothered with Ling’s Secret Recipe Sauce, you’ve got to check this one out for yourself. Menus and more here.

5 – Rueters

Having recently launched a brand new menu, Rueters on Hoghton Street has something for everyone with a distinctly NYC flavour to its dishes. Steaks, burgers, plentiful vegan dishes, sit alongside mains like brewhouse chicken, gluten free starters and the classic gammon and pineapple. Menus and more here. 

6 – Taj Mahal

Southport’s Taj Mahal holds on to traditional values by delivering generous portions, whilst never compromising on taste. Newly refurbished, this Bath Street restaurant and take away offers you a warm welcome, hearty dishes and a funky soundtrack. Menus and more here. 

7 – V Café & Restaurant

Voted one of The Times’ top 10 coolest restaurants in the UK, V Café & Restaurant at The Vincent Hotel is a sophisticated venue that never fails to impress. Whether it be the cool décor or eclectic British and European inspired menu or hand made sushi, this is the place to impress over dinner in Southport. Menus and more here. 

To find out more about dining in Southport and what events are coming up in 2019, head to www.visitsouthport.com and follow @visitsouthport on socials for regular updates. 

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