The Peaky Blinders bar on Lord Street in Southport has enjoyed a busy few days as it reopened for business following months in lockdown.
People have been enjoying the sunshine as they returned to the popular venue, which is at the heart of the town’s trendy ‘Northern Quarter’.
Outdoor hospitality venues were allowed to reopen from Monday (12 April), as the government put ‘Step 2’ of its plan to ease national Covid-19 restrictions in place.
Bars in Southport have reported being busy as people return following months away.
There are Peaky Blinders bars and accommodation at Lord Street in Southport town centre and at Cambridge Road in Churchtown, both of which have been bustling thanks to their popular outdoor spaces.
The firm also runs bars at the Baltic Market in Liverpool and Peter Street in Manchester.
Director Melanie Sinclair said: “It’s good to be back open again!
“Both sites, Churchtown and Lord Street, were really busy when we reopened on Monday (12 April). We have enjoyed seeing people out enjoying themselves again.
“We want people to come out and get back to some kind of normality.
“It is great to see the bars open and people coming back out to support us again.”
Both Peaky Blinders bars in Southport are open seven days a week. People can walk up to the Lord Street or Churchtown sites, while reservations can be made in Churchtown.
The owners are looking forward to May when hospitality venues can reopen in full – the government says this would be ‘no earlier than 17 May’ – while the hotel rooms above Peaky Blinders in Churchtown and Lord Street will also be able to host guests again.
During lockdown, the owners have been investing in their business so that customers can enjoy the improvements as they return.
They are proud to be an integral part of the thriving ‘Northern Quarter’ on Lord Street.
The collection of stylish hotels, restaurants, bars and other businesses includes Peaky Blinders, the Bold Hotel, Lord Street Hotel, Punch Tarmeys, Skylight, Auberge, Le Grog, Sacre Bleu, The Windmill, Corridor and others.
Melanie Sinclair said: “Inside Peaky Blinders on Lord Street we have provided new bespoke leather seating, we have installed new vinyls on the windows, and have carried out work on the hotel rooms upstairs too.
“We are looking forward to bars and restaurants being able to open fully again in May, with customers allowed inside the premises as well as outside!
“We are proud to be part of the Northern Quarter.
“There are a lot of people really investing to make this area look good and give a good offering for their customers.
“When we first opened Peaky Blinders on Lord Street, it was Molloys Furniture beforehand. It was the one that really started it all off.
“We are hoping that this is it now, hopefully there will be no more lockdowns. I am feeling positive!”
Filming for the Peaky Blinders TV series season six was underway at the start of 2021, meaning we can expect the show to air later this year. It has been a long wait for new episodes with series five coming to a close in the latter half of 2019.
The new episodes have been written and had previously gone into pre-production prior to the coronavirus pandemic taking hold, but filming had to be postponed in accordance with social distancing guidelines.
The upcoming sixth series of Peaky Blinders is set to be the show’s last.
Cillian Murphy will return for one last small-screen hurrah as Tommy Shelby – before moving to the big screen in a Peaky Blinders movie.
Melanie Sinclair said: “We are looking forward to seeing the next series!”
- Peaky Blinders bars are at 145 Cambridge Road, Churchtown (phone 01704 808182) and 589 Lord Street, Southport (phone 01704 808182).