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The Cheshire Lines Inn has now reopened

The Cheshire Lines Inn has now reopened
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The oldest pub in Southport town centre has now reopened! 

 

The Cheshire Lines Inn, on King Street, is welcoming customers once again after being closed for the past two and a half years.

The famous Grade II Listed venue first opened over 200 years ago, in 1817 – two years after the Battle of Waterloo.

Victoria Ashworth is in place as the Manager until a permanent licensee is installed.  She is already busy making a number of changes, including improving the ‘secret garden’ to the rear, and introducing karaoke and other attractions.

She said: “We have been open for three weeks now, things have been going well. Most days are busy! The customers have made me feel very welcome.

“We are getting the word out about the Cheshire Lines being back.

“This is a real community pub. People are delighted to see the place open again. It has been great to see people returning, and seeing each other again. They have all missed each other.

“Watching grown men seeing each other for the first time in here for a couple of years, since before lockdown, and hugging each other, brings a tear to my eye.

“Our customers love it. It is a really nice pub, with lots of character and so much history.”

The Cheshire Lines Inn has been a popular venue among generations of Sandgrounders. While much will be familiar, Victoria is also keen to bring in new things for people to try.

She said: “I am here on a temporary basis while the company looks for a permanent licensee. The food menu will return when they are in place, but in the meantime I will be looking to offer sandwiches and light bites.

“We have got cask ales on, two at the moment while we build up trade; Theakston’s Unicorn, and Robinson’s Dizzy Blonde. They have been very popular. We have more beers on draught too including John Smith’s and Guinness.

“We have got a secret beer garden out the back too, which I am looking to improve. When you think of a secret garden, you think of fairies and dragonflies, and that’s the sort of thing I’m looking to add, with a little play area for children. You don’t see many pubs with play areas for children.

“We have got karaoke on now every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, from 7pm onwards.

“I am looking to start dominoes, darts, and bring back a quiz night.

“To build something up, you have got to be able to put the time and effort in.

“I am going to give it 110% to try and get it back to what it was before.”

The pub was originally called The Cross Keys Inn, while the building behind the Cheshire Lines was called The Horse & Jockey. It changed its name to The Cheshire Lines in around 1890 and was officially Grade II Listed in 1972.

“We are delighted to have reopened The Cheshire Lines Inn following a two year closure.

“Food will be introduced further down the line whilst we look for someone to take it on a permanent basis.

“The Cheshire Lines is a popular pub at the heart of the community with a secret garden at the back which is ideal for customers with children and dogs.

“We expect it will be very busy and would like to undertake a refurbishment once a new licensee has been found to take it on.

“Anyone interested, should call our recruitment team on 08085 949596.”

The Cheshire Lines Inn is open Monday to Thursday from 1pm until late and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from midday until late.

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