Why not enjoy some great outdoors eating experiences this summer?

With the warmer months comes the yearning for alfresco dining and Southport is full of fabulous restaurants that offer fresh local flavours and beautiful outdoor vistas.  As a town that boasts more than its fair share of independent restaurants, whether it’s a day trip or a short stay, a Southport experience is a 2021 must.

Southport is a Victorian town that celebrates its heritage with a modern approach, as its vibrant restaurant scene highlights.  And with its wrought-iron canopied and tree-lined boulevards there are few towns better placed to embrace pavement café culture. 

Dotted around the town whether you are looking for coastal views or Victorian splendour there are lots of foodie gems to discover.  Adding to the enjoyment is the variety of world flavours available, with Mediterranean, American and Asian restaurants sitting on the map alongside British cuisines.

Here are some outdoor dining ideas that will take you through the government’s current Roadmap guidelines and beyond.

Auberge Brasserie

Modern French and English cuisine, an emphasis on local produce, a relaxing ambiance, stylish décor and outstanding service combine to create the Auberge experience.  From the mouthwatering bread to the divine ice-cream, it’s all proudly home-made.  There is an outdoor terrace area where you can watch the world go by as you dine.  And, being not far from Marine Lake and the seafront, Auberge Brasserie is well located for those who want to partake in an after dinner stroll.

Bistrot Vérité

Located in the heart of Victorian Birkdale Bistrot Vérité is revered for its French inspired approach with a twist and appears on multiple award lists.  The husband and wife team behind this hugely popular restaurant, Marc and MichaelaVérité, bring a warmth to the atmosphere they create.   And for when there is a chill in the air the heated terrace, which exudes a laid-back holiday feel, is part of this warm welcome. 

The Bold

Built in 1832 this grand building reflects late Georgian architecture in its design. Extensively refurbished, with the latest works carried out in early 2020, it celebrates its past and combines this with elegant, contemporary styling.  Located on Lord Street, The Bold’s outdoor dining terraces offer great outlooks and are the perfect place to enjoy a dedicated menu that features light bites, locally inspired dishes and grazing boards.

RA Bar

The terrace of RA Bar is a popular place to be, loved for its fresh food, great service and relaxed vibe.  Egyptian themed, the food includes a selection of mezzah, which is fantastic for lunches and evenings out, whilst the breakfasts and brunches are also legendary.  Located on Lord Street as part of your day out, you are in the perfect spot from which to hit the shops or the beach.

Kings Gardens Tea Rooms

Located in 17 acres of beautiful gardens the vintage inspired Kings Gardens Tea Rooms occupies a quirky Victorian building from which it serves breakfast, brunch and lunch – or you can just pop in for a coffee!  However, the ultimate experience is to enjoy one of its famous afternoon teas full of home-made sweet and savoury treats, with the outdoor seating area overlooking the gardens being the perfect place to soak up the atmosphere.

Fish & chips

Of course the ultimate alfresco eating experience whilst you are beside the sea is the great tradition of Fish and Chips.  There are numerous outstanding outlets to seek out, many of which have won awards – and lots of spaces to enjoy your feast, whether Kings Gardens, the Marine Lake area or Southport Beach

For further information on the restaurants featured here and other Southport experiences visit visitsouthport.com

Visit Southport is the official tourism body for Southport, Sefton and the surrounding area, which enjoys 22 miles of coastline, world-class golf courses, cultural highlights that include Anthony Gormley’s Another Place, the most independent eateries and restaurants (per head of population) outside London and a packed events programme throughout the year.

Please check VisitSouthport.com to plan your trip to Southport and for all the latest Covid-19 guidance.