Restaurants, cafes and bars across Southport are getting ready to reopen on ‘Super Saturday’ (July 4) this weekend – but customers will see some differences.
Our favourite venues have mostly been closed for nearly four months, although many have reinvented themselves to open up new delivery or click and collect services.
What they all have in common is the need for all of us to Shop Local, Eat Local and to support our local businesses like never before.
Here’s how some of our traders are facing Super Saturday:
Ra Bar & Mezzah, Lord Street, Southport
Ra Bar & Mezzah on Lord Street has a special surprise for doctors, nurses and other emergency services workers this weekend.
The stylish Egyptian-themed eatery has a booking system in place which has already proved popular.
They said: “As we prepare to reopen this coming Saturday we want to take the opportunity to thank our local NHS / Blue light workers.
“With this in mind, between the hours of 9am and 12pm on Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th July we will provide a complimentary breakfast for all NHS (Blue light) staff.
“This is strictly pre book only, due to high volume of interest and reduced capacity.
“You will need to book in advance and have your valid NHS identification (blue light card) with you at time of ordering.”
Other tables this weekend are already busy. They said: “Due to operating at a lower capacity, we are now almost fully booked on the afternoon /eve of July 4th.
“Things will of course be a little different post lockdown as the safety of our customers and staff is of the utmost importance – we will be adhering to social distancing measures and ask that you take this into consideration also.
“Our kitchen will be open serving our adapted menu 9am-3pm.
“To avoid disappointment you can secure your table by messaging us – we will do our best to accommodate everyone.
“We have been overwhelmed with well wishes from you all during the time we’ve been closed and we’re very much looking forward to opening our doors and welcoming you again.”
Trattoria 51, Promenade, Southport
They can’t guarantee the weather but the owners of Trattoria 51, Attilio and Toni and their staff, have been working hard inside and on the beautiful terrace of the restaurant to ensure that on the Saturday 4th July, when they reopen the doors, it is safe to do so.
Attilio said: “It’s been hard work but the top priority has always been the safety of our customers, their guests and my staff. You can be confident that we have taken all possible measures, including guidance provided by the Government and new H&S training for our staff to ensure that our customers will enjoy fantastic food in a safe, secure, and comfortable environment. We’ve really missed our customers, and we are really looking forward to seeing them enjoying some of the finest pasta, pizza and traditional Italian dishes you will find in the region.”
The restaurant is a favourite with locals, and Attilio and Toni would like to thank all their regulars for their support during their enforced closure. They know it’s going to be busy so will advise customers who would like to eat in or one the terrace to make their reservation online or by calling the restaurant early to ensure they don’t miss out.
The Fig Bistro, Eastbank Street, Southport
This middle Eastern themed restaurant is due to reopen this Saturday (July 4), and will welcome customers in two sittings.
They said: “You can now book your table for Saturday 4th of July. For your safety and comfort we are taking bookings for 2 sittings 6pm and 7.30pm.
“We are so happy to welcome you all back!
“We have decided to keep a 2m distance between tables.
“When you call to make a booking we will ask you for £10 deposit per person to secure your table.
“Our temporary opening hours will be Friday and Saturday 6pm and 7.30pm sittings.
“A temporary limited 2 course menu will be available £15pp.
“Hand sanitiser will be available on your arrival!”
La Tabella, Botanic Road, Churchtown
La Tabella have been busy the past few weeks serving customers – by restyling themselves as an Italian deli!
Customers in Churchtown have been able to enjoy fine Italian food, including canolis.
La Tabella has also launched a delivery service, including their famous ‘Pizza In A Pan’ that people have been able to make at home.
They said: “We are opening on Saturday! The phone lines are now open to book your table.
“We are so looking forward to welcoming you all back.”
The MonumenT, Hoghton Street, Southport
The MonumenT landlord Martin Rowe has created a new ‘Oasis’ beer garden area at the back of his pub, converting the former yard to add tables, plants and artificial grass.
He also also introduced a new ‘Bistro’ seating area at the front as they look to reopen later this month.
He said: “Things are going fantastic. We are making really big changes here, with our new beer garden, our new bistro area, new opening times – literally huge changes.
“We are proud to present our little ‘Bistro area’ that we have made so that when we open customers will be able to enjoy a coffee, tea or alcoholic beverage whilst watching the world go by. The Bistro Area will be open from 10am until 9pm every day.
“After I had recovered from the news about lockdown I set about making the pub something people couldn’t wait to come back to, with something quality and new – so I created ‘The Oasis’ @ The MonumenT pub also a new little bistro area to the front, plus a new smoking shelter and smoking area.
“I am looking forward to greeting all our regulars back, many of whom I’ve kept in touch with via either social media or telephone.”
The Windmill, Seabank Road, Southport
The Windmill, one of Southport’s oldest pubs, is back open from 11am this Saturday, 4th July.
They said: “Please bare with us whilst we find our feet and we hope you enjoy our new look Windmill.
“If you have any questions please message us.
“Hopefully our teams and live music will be back in a month or so.”
Hand sanitiser stations have been installed at the entrance and at key points, with customers urged to use them and carry out regular hand washing.
Inside will be seating only, not standing permitted. Markers will be used for queuing at the bar to order.
Contactless payment is preferred. Limited opening hours are in place, which will be reviewed.
The Guest House, Union Street, Southport
This award-winning traditional real ale pub is opening this Sunday (July 5), with some new rules in place.
There will be no standing at the bar, table service only, with everyone asked to stick to social distancing rules.
Tables and chairs have been spaced one metre apart, with people urged not to move them.
Patron details will be collected on arrival and will be kept for 21 days before disposal.
Sanitiser is kept at the entrance and in toilets.
The Grasshopper, Sandon Road, Hillside
Lots of work has taken place to ensure the outside space at The Grasshopper can bounce back this weekend.
But children or pets won’t be accommodated – for the time being.
They said: “When we reopen please be aware we will be following all guidance. The most important thing to us is everyone’s wellbeing, full information on pre booking tables will be coming soon. In the initial days we will unfortunately not be able to accommodate children, or pets while we settle into our new routine.
“When visiting with us if you see anything your uncomfortable with could you please inform us, we are all learning together. A huge part of our staying open will be dependent on everyone respecting the restrictions and considering other people’s situation. Not all of us are in the same boat, but we are in the same storm. Take care.”
Retro Bar, West Street, Southport
Retro is reopening from 11am this Saturday (July 4).
They said: “Everywhere is only allowed 30 people in seated. So book now! Send us a message through the Retro Facebook page, for what time you would like. Opening times 11am till 12am. It looks like a new bar for a new beginning. Keep your eyes open for some pictures of the inside this week coming. Stay safe stay Retro.”
Spender’s Bar, Scarisbrick Avenue, Southport
Spender’s Bar, SouthportPeople will have to wait a little longer to enjoy one of Southport’s most lively venues.
Spender’s Bar owner Paul Drewery said: “After much deliberation and to’ing and fro’ing , I have decided that with the current government guidelines it would still be unsafe and selfish of us to open on July 4th at this moment in time. We are currently keeping in close contact with Merseyside Police, Licensing and other govt. bodies to ensure when we will be able to open safely.
“The safety of the staff and customers of Spender’s Bar is and will always be my no.1 priority.
“Obviously the bar isn’t the biggest area in the world and to keep social distancing, everyone fully seated with limited music volumes, and no Macarena, Cotton Eye Joe danced to, and Katie singing Proud Mary on the bar top would be almost an impossibility!
“We will be reviewing the situation on a weekly basis as new government guidelines are released.
“Stay safe everyone, this won’t be forever as long as we all stick to the rules, and we will be back partying harder than ever!
“Much love, Spender, Chan, Baby Brooke and the full team of amazing staff”
Lings On Kings, King Street, Southport
Lings On Kings have been thanking staff at Southport Hospital, Southport Fire Station, and elsewhere with their ‘Superhero Sunday’ initiative during the coronavirus lockdown, bringing meals to those who have been on the frontline against the disease.
They have also been running a takeaway collection and delivery service for customers, which they will continue with.
But their reopening of their restaurant will take place in August.
Owner Ling Lam said: “We are open each day for Take Away collection & delivery service from 4pm each day. You can order online via Just Eat, Uber Eats or Deliveroo apps, or alternatively direct with us by phone on 01704 530169.
“Although the Government has announced that restaurants are allowed to open from 4th July complying with Covid-19 government guidelines. We have decided to hold our reopening of eating in at the restaurant until 1st August.
“This is to keep both yourselves and our staff safe until further social distancing restrictions are reduced and also give us time to do some refurbishment works in the restaurant and toilet facilities. We want to return giving you the customer the best experience we can in a safe and welcoming environment.
“Ling and the Team look forward to welcoming you back into the restaurant from 1st August, but in the meantime please keep ordering takeout and delivery. Keep safe and well.”
The Victoria, Promenade, Southport
The Victoria is another pub which will wait a little longer to reopen.
They said: “After days of business planning and interpretation of the guidelines from the Government, we have made the difficult and sad decision NOT to open on Saturday 4th July.
“We WILL definitely be opening in the next few weeks, but we need to do this in the correct way for the business financially and importantly our fabulous team, staff, DJs, BJ Franklin, sport fully on etc and also to give our customers the best safe environment for everyone to enjoy their visit to the pub!
“We have not taken this decision lightly and we will update our situation as soon as possible! “Our team is here to stay and we will see you all soon.”
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