The Lansdowne Bistro in Southport. Photo by ZEDPhotography

The Lansdowne Bistro in Southport is delighted to be welcoming back customers after reopening following lockdown.

This stylish venue, on Anchor Street, is one of Southport’s real hidden gems.

It is fast forging an excellent reputation among diners, after enjoying new ownership last year.

However it is very much a case of the best of both worlds, with dynamic new changes adding to the best of what The Lansdowne Bistro has been known and loved for over many years.

The bistro was run by legendary Southport restaurateur Mark Tyndall for many years, after his previous ventures included Francisca’s on King Street.

The family tradition for great food lives on with Mark’s son, Patrick Tyndall, now taking ownership alongside friend and business partner Jamie Rae.

The new business enjoyed its launch night in August 2020 and after months in lockdown is finally enjoying welcoming back its many regular customers – as well as hosting lots of new ones.

Jamie Rae said: “We have had a fantastic opening week at the Lansdowne Bistro, it’s been great to welcome back all our regular customers and so many new faces who have been desperate to try us for the first time.

“It’s clear from customer feedback and engaging with all our customers that people are desperate to get out and support their favorite local businesses and we are so overwhelmed by this response.

Jamie Rae (left), Partrick Tyndall (centre) and Steven Hames (right) at The Lansdowne Bistro in Southport. Photo by ZEDPhotography

Jamie Rae (left), Partrick Tyndall (centre) and Steven Hames (right) at The Lansdowne Bistro in Southport. Photo by ZEDPhotography

“We have been getting lots of bookings from guests for delayed birthday parties and various family and friend gatherings, some of whom have not seen each other for almost 18 months. It’s been fantastic to be a part of bringing people back together and creating special memories.

“Because of the easing of lockdown restrictions, it has been great to see people enjoying sharing tables of four or tables of six, after previously being restricted to single household tables resulting in mainly tables of just two.

“Our last day before lockdown was on Christmas Day. We were due to open on New Year’s Eve and were fully booked, but then lockdown came in and that was that. It has been a very long four and a half months since then! So we would like to thank everyone for their patience and support in our re-opening.”

Jamie and Paddy have enjoyed making their mark at The Lansdowne Bistro since taking over.

Huge attention has gone into crafting a truly impressive menu.

Desserts at The Lansdowne Bistro in Southport. Photo by ZEDPhotography

Desserts at The Lansdowne Bistro in Southport. Photo by ZEDPhotography

Appetisers include: Soup of the Day;  Homemade Crab Bisque; Homemade Duck Liver Pate;  Mussels in White Wine; Southport Potted Shrimps; Salad of Smoked Salmon & Prawns; Tempura Battered King Prawns; The Lansdowne Fish Soup; and Melon and Fruits (Prawns).

There is a wide choice of Main Courses too, such as: Roast Rack of Welsh Lamb; Breast of Chicken in Tarragon Sauce; Pan Fried Pork Tenderloin with Black Pudding; Oven Baked Fillet of Sea Bass; Lambs’ Kidneys in Red Wine Sauce; Steamed Loin of Cod; and Classic Chicken Stroganoff.

From The Grill, there is: Prime Wagyu Beef Burger; 8oz Sirloin Steak; 8oz Fillet Steak; Surf and Turf, Fillet Steak with Garlic King Prawns; Posh Surf and Turf, Fillet Steak, Half Lobster Thermidor (24hr Pre-order on booking required); Tomahawk Sharing Steak (24hr Pre-order on booking required); Lobster Thermidor or Lobster Salad (Half | Full) (24hr Pre-order on booking required).

Jamie Rae said: “The restaurant is a great example of old meets new.

 “Head chef and joint owner Patrick is keeping all of the much-loved Tyndall family dishes and executing them in the style that has been key to the success over the past 40 years at various restaurants around Southport by his father Mark.

“I have come on board as business partner and long-term friend of Patrick after a six year stint learning the hospitality trade in London’s financial district and then also with the Living Ventures group in the North West working and managing flagship sights for both companies including venues such as Geronimo Inns Oyster Shed by London Bridge.

The Lansdowne Bistro in Southport. Photo by ZEDPhotography

The Lansdowne Bistro in Southport. Photo by ZEDPhotography

“I am a firm believer in a personalised approach to customer service and that operating and owning a restaurant should be done with real passion and flair. Myself and Business Partner and Head Chef Patrick Tyndall strive to do this in all areas of our business in both product quality and service.

“Together we have introduced a much improved varied wine list, Gin Perfect Serve menu and also cocktail range.

“The interior has been very much kept the same with a unique collection of hunting and fishing pictures and antiques.

“There are a few modern twists added with new glassware and the return of linen clothes, as well as new music and lighting to enhance the ambiance of the restaurant.

“Patrick specialises in preparing fresh seafood such as lobster thermidor and seafood platters; game meat when in season; and our new addition of sharing steaks.

“Patrick is also known for the incredible sauces he produces for the different dishes, something which has received great feedback from our guests.

“Now that we are back open again, we have had a great response from our regular customers. It has been fantastic to see them back again!”

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