The Woollen Pig tap and bake house in Southport, Photo by Neville Grundy

Guest Blog by Neville Grundy, Southport & West Lancs Campaign for Real Ale

I recently visited The Woollen Pig tap & bake house, on the corner of Duke Street and Cemetery Road in Southport. 

This new bar opened in July 2021 and is in my experience unique: a bar and a deli all in one.

It consists of a small room housing the bar, the food counter and a few seats, a similarly small side room, and lots of outside seating, much of which is covered.

The choice of real ales varies but the two that were on when I called in were Copper Dragon Silver Myst, a pilsner on cask, and Rock The Boat Waterloo Sunset. I enjoyed both.

There is also a choice of keg beers and lagers plus cocktails on tap.

They also sell Coast 22 gins which are made locally in Southport, JJ Whitley Strawberry Vodkas and frozen slush cocktails.

The venue features live music, is family and dog friendly, offers free Wi-Fi and has a smoking area.

The wide choice of food on the deli counter looked very interesting, and I doubt there’d be many people who couldn’t find something to their taste.

The Woollen Pig opens at 8am Monday to Friday, 11am on Saturday and Sunday, and closes at 9pm every evening. The phone number is 01704 546100, the address is 160 Duke Street, Southport, PR8 5DH, on the corner of Cemetery Road, and the 46 bus stops nearby.

You can find The Woollen Pig on Facebook.

Chicken Brie and Sweet HabaneroJam 'Rainbow Bagel' at The Woollen pig in Southport

Chicken Brie and Sweet HabaneroJam ‘Rainbow Bagel’ at The Woollen pig in Southport

The Vestry, a real ale bar in Tarleton that I wrote about in 2019, is holding a gin festival over the Bank Holiday weekend, 27-29 August. As well as artisan gins, they will be presenting live music and street food. Real ale will of course still be an offer. For more details, see their Facebook page or go to


► Last month, Mick Freeman wrote in this column about a campaign to save the Derby Arms in Aughton. One of his aims was to have the pub declared an Asset of Community Value (ACV) which would provide a certain degree of protection against redevelopment. I’m pleased to report that Aughton Parish Council has agreed to support that application, which will go to the borough council for consideration. Fingers crossed that they will agree.


► Visit our CAMRA websites: (national) and (local).

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