Where can I take my dog?
Just over a quarter of households in Britain have a pet dog. In days gone by, having a dog was tremendously restrictive. It was difficult to find pubs and restaurants that would allow dogs in and almost impossible to find hotels that were dog friendly.
Today all that has changed and particularly in tourist towns, such as Southport, where almost all hospitality venues seem keen to stress just how welcoming they will be to your four legged friend.
The ultimate dog-friendly award must go to The Wagging Tail, Café 62-64 Botanic Road, PR9 7NE in historic Churchtown. They are open Wednesday to Friday 10.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 10am-4.30pm and 10am-4pm on Sundays.
The dogs are treated to their own comfy beds and the humans are allowed to relax in wingback chairs. You can tell who the boss is here as their slogan is, “Where dogs bring their servants!” They even have a special dog menu featuring: pupcakes, dog ice cream, peanut and banana bones, dog beer and puppicino.
Honourable mentions go to the Cheshire Lines on King Street in Southport town centre; a lovely, old-fashioned pub, which serves a fabulous Sunday roast (gluten free versions available) and warmly welcomes dogs and the Potting Shed, a relatively new bar and restaurant which feature live music, meal deals most days and of course is dog friendly.
Even shops are getting in on the act. The Four Seasons in Birkdale allows visitors to pick out some beautiful plants and browse their gift shop stocked by talented local artists and then enjoy a meal in their dog-friendly café.
The current list we have of dog-friendly bars and restaurants in Southport is:·
Mini’s Wine Bar & Eatery, Eastbank St; The George, Duke St; Megafauna, Wesley St (Vegan); RA Lord Street; Copper&Ivy, Lord Street; Bistrot Pierre, Lord Street; Peaky Blinders Bar and Accommodation – Churchtown; Southport Pier Pavillion; Le Boulevard, Cambridge Arcade; Mezzanine, Lord Street; Masons Arms, Anchor St; Metro Hotel & Bar, Portland Street; Tipple Bar, Station Rd; Funky Food, Liverpool Road; The Dolphin, Scarisbrick Avenue; Settle Inn, Botanic Gardens Churchtown; Remedy Churchtown, Botanic Road; Windmill Pub, Seabank Rd; Rich’s Ice Cream, Lord Street; Caffè Dolce, Lord Street and Chapel St; Cambridge Road Cafe & Bar, Churchtown (was SwitchBack Cafe); Rueters, Hoghton Street
The Waterfront Hungry Horse, Promenade; Starbucks, Lord Street; O’Learys Irish Bar, Cable Street; Caffe Nero, Lord Street; Hesketh Arms, Churchtown; Tap and Bottles, Cambridge Arcade; Peaky Blinder’s Bar & Hotel – Southport, Lord Street; The Victoria Pub, Promenade; Lakeside Inn, Promenade; The Bold Arms, Churchtown; Boulevard West, Lord Street; Hesketh Park Cafe, Hesketh Park; Sacrebleu, Seabank Road; Botanic Gardens Cafe, Churchtown; The Bottle Room, Lord Street and Marine Lake Café, Southport Pier area.
If you have friends or family coming to visit, then Booking.com names the 10 best dog-friendly hotels in Southport as:
The Shelbourne; Okeyo Apartments; Tequila; The Scarisbrick Hotel;The Prince Of Wales Hotel; Balmoral Lodge Hotel; Grade 2 Listed Apartment (Southport Promenade); Brandons; No5 The Mews (500 metres from Wayfarers Shopping Arcade) and finally The Penthouse Apartment Beach House.
For more information, photos and great reviews of dog-friendly local venues you can’t do better than www.facebook.com/SouthportDogFriendly.