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CAMRA column 07/08/14

Your 10 pub guide to the best ale in town but don’t forget to get the bus!

Starting from our previous article about beer festivals, please note that The Guest Ale Festival starts at the Zetland Hotel, Southport from noon on August 23 and is on every day for a week, until August 30.

Food is served weekends, noon until 6pm. On Saturday night they have a quiz which starts at 9.30pm and Sunday night there is bingo which starts at 9.30pm. Buses 43, 46 and 49 northbound will take you very near to the pub. Beer details from the pub – phone 01704 808404.

Have you thought about using your local buses to visit some pubs, writes Mike Perkins. No need to drive your car there and either risk your licence or spoil your involvement – there are many pubs in our area that are easily reachable by bus and some by train.

Take a trip into Southport using your local bus. There are many routes, and most operate into late evening. Drop off at one end of Lord Street – say the southern end by Morrisons, and you could visit the Cheshire Lines in King Street, a short walk away, one of the town’s oldest pubs, with a good pub atmosphere, nice cask ales and reasonably priced meals.

Retrace back to Lord Street and into Sir Henry Segrave, one of the two Wetherspoon’s houses. Here you will generally find a selection of around 12 real ales and usually a draft cider or perry. These are reasonably priced, and the food choice is extensive and priced realistically too. Around the corner you might nip into the nearby Phoenix as well, as this has just re-opened.

Continue northwards along Lord Street and you come to the Sandgrounder, a fairly recent pub, with a lively atmosphere and locally brewed cask beers. Cross over back into King Street and try the Falstaff, a large roomy pub with a good food menu.

Back again to Lord Street, and right in the centre of town is the Scarisbrick Hotel, and within it the Baron’s Bar, which now has a modern extended lounge at the Lord Street frontage. A large selection of nice beers and cider here, some local brews, always at a good price, and the old and new bar has a cosy atmosphere, which you will appreciate.

Continue along Southport’s famous boulevard until the Willow Grove, the other Wetherspoon’s pub is reached – a bit livelier than its sister, with late weekend opening, but also with an excellent choice of beers and good food. From here, cross over and into Union Street for the Guest House, which is one of the town’s least unspoilt traditional houses, with nice rooms and an outside beer garden. A very good selection of most interesting beers is always the case here.

Back again across the boulevard and into Seabank Road for a short walk to the Windmill, another old style community pub with real ales, and a fair priced food menu. Finally, leg it back to Lord Street and head for the northern end, at which is located the Inn Beer Shop. This is a pleasant bar with a continental atmosphere and a huge selection of bottled beers from all over the world. The locally brewed Southport Brewery cask beers are also usually available. Outside seating is provided, so you can sit and watch your buses go by! Don’t miss the last one!

If you think the 10 pubs listed above are a few too many for one day either miss some out, or continue another day. And you could of course do the trek in reverse if you wished. Local buses serving Southport Town Centre are numbers 2, 15, 42, 43, 44, 45. 46, 47, 49, 300, 375,385 and X2.

Details of these on the Merseytravel Traveline website www.merseytravel.gov.uk or phone 0151 236 7676. Train services also to Liverpool, Hunts Cross, Burscough, Wigan and Manchester – 08457 484950 for more details.

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The Sir Henry Segrave pub in Southport