Thousands of people enjoyed the 2024 Southport Food and Drink Festival at Vicvtoria Park in Southport. Richard Parker from Parker Brewery in Southport

The original Beer Den in Southport can picture a bright new future after planning permission was granted for the business to expand into the former Abbey Photography unit next door. 

The popular micro pub has been a huge success since it opened at 67 Duke Street in Southport in January 2018. 

It has since been followed by a second Beer Den, on Rufford Road in Crossens in 2021. 

Both bars are owned by Parker Brewery, which is based in Banks, and provides locally brewed ales for both sites as well as wines, sparkling wine and spirits. 

Parker Brewery provided a busy stand at last weekend’s Southport Food and Drink Festival. 

Beer Den and Parker Brewery owner Richard Parker said: “With our planning approval finally granted, we are now cracking on to get our extension to The Beer Den Duke Street ready to open as soon as we can!

“The toilets are nearly complete.

“An opening date will be announced soon.”

The Beer Den on Duke Street in Southport. Photo by Neville Grundy

The Beer Den on Duke Street in Southport. Photo by Neville Grundy

The second branch of the Beer Den opened in Crossens in 2021. 

The Beer Den on Duke Street sits next to the Southport Lawnmower Museum and Stanley’s hardware store.   

In the planning approval, Sefton Council’s Planning team said: “The hours of opening would be Monday to Friday 4pm-10pm, Saturday 2pm-10pm and Sunday and Bank Holidays 4pm-10pm. 

“The hours condition for the adjoining micro pub were 12pm-11pm Monday to Saturday and 12pm-10pm Sunday and Bank Holidays. 

“The reduced hours proposed on the current application is likely to reduce the impact on neighbouring occupiers. 

“It is considered that no significant harm would be created to the living conditions of neighbouring occupiers and the proposal would not harm the residential character of the area.  

“As the proposals are for an extension of the existing micro pub and given the size of the extension any increase in vehicle trips on the network is expected to be limited.  The site is accessible to public transport with bus stops on Shakespeare Street and Duke Street within easy walking distance served by bus services providing access to local destinations.”

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