Read our guest blog from Dog Friendly Southport's Sammi!
Rover, Millie, Wrex, Trixie, Khan, Lady, Jack or Lola … whatever your dog is called I’m sure that he or she is the apple of your eye and high on your list of priorities. Since time immemorial, man and his best friend have been virtually inseparable, so, I ask you a simple question - why should you have to leave your fur baby at home when you fancy pint, meet friends for a bite to eat or even sample the latest en trend Gin Cocktail? Well, in Southport town centre the answer is – you don’t have to!
There has always been a smattering of dog friendly places to eat and drink but over the last three years we’ve seen a dramatic increase as independent owners have realised that canine lovers and their furry friends like to spend time together and, are more than happy to spend serious money when doing so.
If you’re looking to have a full English breakfast with a view, take a trip under Southport’s iconic Pier to enjoy sausage, bacon and all the trimmings at the Marine Lake Café. With a lovely view of the lake there’s indoor and outdoor seating and during the summer they have live entertainment to enjoy.
For a traditional British pub serving a great pint and wholesome pub grub, The Cheshire Lines is hard to beat. Known as ‘The Chesh’ locally, this railway themed pub offers a warm welcome and comfortable indoor seating as well as a sunny ‘hidden garden’.
If you’re a bit arty, you might want to take a peek inside The Phoenix Coffee House on Market Street. Regular visiting artists and a rather ‘quirky’ menu awaits.
The choice of places to eat and drink with your pup are seemingly endless – Rueters on Hoghton Street have a fabulous front seating area as well as a fabulously sunny courtyard and cosy interior
space while Riley’s on Ocean Plaza is owned by a local butcher and offers an amazing mixed grill.
If beer is your tipple of choice a visit to Tap & Bottles down Cambridge Arcade or The Bottle Room on Lord Street is a must. Row upon row of beers (foreign and domestic) line the walls at each venue, just waiting for you to start your ale journey.
Lord Street’s ‘Northern Quarter’ boasts a wealth of doggie friendly pit stops from Sacre Bleu, Peaky Blinders, Ra Bar and Copper & Ivy … as well as The Bottle Room mentioned previously. Each and every one is dog friendly but please be careful … it’s very easy to lose a day grazing from one bar to the other.
Not everything is about alcohol though and if it’s something sweet you are looking for pop into Café Dolce on Lord Street, Riches Ice Cream Parlour, The Mezzanine or Cocoa House where, if you order a hot chocolate, they’ll shave real chocolate from a massive bar right in front of you.
Your wuffer isn’t forgotten either, all of the places mentioned would be happy to provide a nice cold bowl of fresh water for Fido and if they’re good, they might even be rewarded with a treat … or two!
So, next time you’re taking a trip into Southport don’t hesitate to bring along your four footed friend, they’ll be made most welcome.