Auberge Brasserie, Southport
Southport is an English seaside resort in the North West of England offering the full range of seaside attractions including the thrill of the fairground, twenty two miles of coastline, lush green waterfront parks, a beautiful Grade II Listed iron Pier, some of the finest retail therapy in stunning surroundings, quality accommodation to suit all budgets, challenging golf courses and simply superb restaurants. There is something for everyone in Southport because it is a traditional seaside gem!
It is a Victorian town that celebrates its heritage with a modern approach, as its vibrant restaurant scene highlights. With its wrought-iron canopied and tree-lined boulevards there are few towns better placed to embrace the pavement café culture than Southport. Lord Street is the diamond in the crown, a long boulevard of Victorian canopied shops and landscaped gardens and water features which is where my Hotel The Vincent was located.
In the early evening I walked down from my hotel along the beautiful Lord Street and had dinner at the stylish Auberge Brasserie on Seabank Road. The Auberge prides itself on offering some of the best Modern French and English cuisine with an emphasis on using home – made local produce. The decoration and colour scheme were both stylish & relaxing combined with superb service! I loved the tall, chained statue of a revolutionary French woman. Striking!
The Auberge is not only a restaurant, I noticed a poster advertising a number of events including live music including Dolly Parton, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner tribute acts & a Bastille Party Night! There is a terrace area out the front of the restaurant, so we decided to sit & watch the world go by as we dined. It was the ideal spot in which to sit & relax, despite the busy traffic, take in the surroundings and watch the world go by.
To start my meal, I chose the tasty Crispy Chicken Strips with a delightfully warm Honey Mustard Dip and dressed Green Salad. My wife went for very large & hot King Prawns with a selection of Petit Pois and Crispy Leeks a la Francaise or in the French way! We both agreed it was the perfect way to begin our evening meal.
For my main meal I fancied a large burger so that’s exactly what I got! I chose an eight ounce Beef Burger topped with Goats Cheese & Fig Jam perched on a warm toasted Brioche Bun with essential trimmings of Lettuce,, Red Onion and a treasure trove of large chunky Chips. The burger was perfectly cooked to my liking, not too dry or rare. Flawless!
My wife opted for the Honey , Apple & Whisky glazed Pork Belly with an accompaniment of sauteed Potatoes & Tenderstem Broccoli. She described the pork as beautifully flaky with a hot rich thick sauce which was very tasty. She did ask where the crackling was though!
After a satisfying two courses we needed a short break before considering the dessert menu, but we finally decided on a Caramel Ripple Cheesecake with a large scoop of Rum & Raisin Ice Cream and a Dark Chocolate Tart with Clotted Cream and a small Raspberry & Vanilla Compote. The meal was wonderful, made even better by the friendly waitress staff that looked after us throughout the evening.
As if we hadn’t already eaten enough chocolate we were also given a couple of home-made chocolates to finish with our coffee.
The quality of the food and wine we enjoyed was top drawer! If you are looking for a first-class restaurant during your stay in Southport or are looking for some live music with your meal the Auberge Brasserie is sure to offer it. Check out their website to see what events and food specials are on today! I simply loved it.