Parkers Brewery owner Richard Parker, owner of The Beer Den on Rufford Road in Crossens in Southport

Southport’s newest micropub officially opens its doors this Wednesday (19th May) – and these images reveal exactly what visitors can expect. 

The Beer Den 2 is situated at 125 Rufford Road in Crossens and is owned by Parker Brewery, which is based in Banks. 

The opening will be very much welcomed by local residents in Crossens, who have been without a pub ever since the closure and demolition of The Plough Hotel in 2015. 

The Beer Den 2 will be the second licensed venture from The Parker Brewery, which already operates The Beer Den 1 on Duke Street in Southport. 

Owner Richard Parker said: “Yes! We are finally opening this Wednesday, between 4pm and 10pm.

“We have three cask ales on and three lagers, along with a good selection of wines and spirits. “It is my second micro pub, with Beer Den 1 on Duke Street.

The Beer Den on Rufford Road in Crossens in Southport

The Beer Den on Rufford Road in Crossens in Southport

“We are looking to create a warm, friendly community based drinking Den, where everyone becomes friends!”

It has been a tough wait for The Parker Brewery to open the venue. The plans were delayed by the Covid lockdowns which took place last year.

But Monday saw a further relaxation of Covid restrictions, with the Government now allowing people to spend time indoors in hospitality venues including pubs, restaurants, hotels, bars and cafes. 

Richard Parker said: “We cannot wait to greet all our new customers.

“It’s been a long hard wait to finally open our doors, and as we have little or no space for outside seating, we have had to wait for this week.

The Beer Den on Rufford Road in Crossens in Southport

The Beer Den on Rufford Road in Crossens in Southport

“We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone and seeing friendships evolve, to become a relaxed community drinking place.

“We have had a huge amount of support and excitement from all the local residents as there really isn’t anywhere close by.”

Covid restrictions will apply, so it will be seating only, with facemasks to be worn when going to and from the toilet.

No bookings are being taken, but guests are being asked to please be patient if the venue is full and they are asked to wait, or to return at a later time.

Parker Brewery is a small, independent craft brewery based in Banks, Lancashire on the outskirts of Southport.

The owner, Richard Parker, is from Preston. After 17 years in wine sales working for Oddbins and House of Townend Wine Merchants, he took the plunge by opening his own microbrewery.

The venture is a complete family orientated business, with one full-time employee, Richard’s brother–in-law Stuart.

The Beer Den on Rufford Road in Crossens in Southport

The Beer Den on Rufford Road in Crossens in Southport

Richard has a passion for beer and intends to build a stylish brand synonymous with quality, to gather a loyal local following.

The brewery opened in April 2014. It increased in size and moved to the current 5bbl plant in September 2014.

The Parker Brewery supplies pubs, bars, restaurants and small independent retailers.

Among the beers it is famous for are: 

  • Centurion Pale Ale 3.9% abv – A light dry refreshing ale
  • Dark Spartan Stout 5.0% abv – Roasted coffee and chocolate
  • Barbarian Bitter 4.1% abv – Traditional, smooth caramel
  • Viking Blonde 4.7% abv – Fruity and flavoursome
  • Saxon Red Ale 4.5% abv – Warm and fruity

You can find The Beer Den on Facebook here.

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