Southport town centre is starting 2022 with the arrival of FIVE new restaurants for diners!
Four of the new eateries are on Lord Street, with a fifth venue on Bold Street.
It provides a further boost for our town’s growing hospitality sector, with new businesses taking up empty units and giving people more reasons to visit our town.
There is real choice for diners too with the choice including Italian food, Thai food, a steakhouse, and more.
It shows further evidence of a growing trend in Southport for new hospitality businesses.
The ‘Southport Health Check’ report by planning and regeneration consultants Nexus Planning in 2020 showed that in the five years since 2015, the town centre has seen a growth in Leisure Services (cafés, restaurants, hot-food takeaways, public houses, bars, amusement arcades and hotels) from 23.9% to 28.7%, higher than the national average of 25.6%.
It is also evidence of further investment in Southport town centre this year, with work taking place by Mikhail Hotel and Leisure to transform the former Grand Casino building into an exclusive wedding and hotel venue; a new owner planning to convert the former Mecca Bingo / Garrick Theatre building; and work underway to turn Pavilion Buildings into a new Wetherspoon Hotel.
Here are the new restaurants you can try in 2022:
1 – Sapori Italian Restaurant and Bar
This site has been occupied by a number of restaurants over the years, including The Curzon Grill, Salvatore’s, and 519 Lord Street.
The new Sapori restaurant and bar describes itself as a: “classic Italian restaurant including traditional dishes served with outstanding wine and cocktails.”
It is open for lunch and dinner from midday to 10pm.
Diners can enjoy a great selection of pizza, pasta, ‘on the grill’ dishes, mains, paninis, salads and more.
2 – Casa Italia
One of Southport’s first – and favourite – Italian restaurants, Casa Italia, on the corner of Lord Street and Bold Street, is due to reopen under new ownership soon!
We are looking forward to hearing more about their plans for this famous venue.
It is great news for the junction of Lord Street and Bold Street, with the other corner seeing Ironshore Global Limited leading the project to convert 509-515 Lord Street into retail units at ground level and nine self-contained apartments in the storeys above.
3 – Larkins Cafe Bar Eatery
More good news for the burgeoning Bold Street is the opening of the new Larkins Cafe Bar Eatery, in the site previously occupied by Spiga.
Kids eat free at this new venue, while there is a Free Pasta and Pizza offer between 4pm and 6pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays, with the purchase of at least one drink per person.
4 – Mae Thai
Do you love Thai food? The new Mae Thai restaurant and bar would be worth a visit.
The new outlet has opened in the former Mezzanine site, between Prezzo and Pizzeria Mamma Mia.
Beautiful dishes on offer include: tom yum prawn; stir fry seafood with curry powder; weeping tiger; steam chicken with rice and much more besides.
The venue’s impressive menu contains a choice of starters, nibbles, curry, wok stars, salad, noodle and rice, fish and seafood, or set menus.
5 – The Feather Blade Steakhouse
This row of units, on the side road where Woolworths used to be, is becoming a real haven for food lovers.
Prezzo, Pizzeria Mamma Mia, and Mae Thai are now being joined by The Feather Blade Steakhouse.
The owners said: “Feather Blade is a premium steakhouse with all our steaks being premium 35 day aged British steak cooked directly in our stunning charcoal chamber. We keep the chamber at 400°C, smoking and firing our steaks to perfection.”