Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Southport
Hardens guides have spent 32 years compiling reviews of the best Southport restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 6 restaurants in Southport and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Southport restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Il Mulino Roby Mill restaurant in Upholland 60 Roby Mill - WN8
An AA rosette award winning Italian restaurant nestled in the heart of the Lancashire countryside. Il Mulino serves high-quality produce from Lancashire farms and Italy.All of our meat, dairy & vegetables are grown or reared within a 30 mile ...
2. Moor Hall British, Modern restaurant in Aughton Prescot Rd - L39
“What can I say that’s not already been said? Just superb!” – Mark Birchall’s converted manor house north of Liverpool is five years old now, but still has the golden glow of one of the UK’s most fast-rising culinary stars, and some fans say they “thought it had a chance of its third Michelin star this year”. That would be an achievement anywhere – never mind in a corner of West Lancashire long seen as a gastronomic wasteland. The long drive, the lake, the grounds, the cleverly refurbished medieval buildings… all create a “perfect and luxurious experience”. “The dining room and lounges are sleek and welcoming and the attention to detail from the kitchen garden to the cheese room, even to the cutlery is flawless”. “Best of all, every mouthful from its tasting menu is fresh, clean and sublime” and a clear reflection of the “dedication, high standards and clear technical expertise” in the kitchen. Fame is bringing one drawback though – even those who judge it a “fabulous” experience sometimes think it risks becoming an “outrageously expensive” one. And – amidst praise for “fun and unintimidating staff who don’t miss a beat” – there is also the odd fear of “an over-focus on creating theatre rather than making the customer totally relaxed”. Top Tip – “the food bonanza continues at breakfast so stay over if you can”.
3. The Vincent Hotel V-Cafe British, Modern restaurant in Southport 98 Lord Street - PR8
Large, comfortable and stylish hotel brasserie with large windows looking onto Eastbank Street Square. Billing itself as ‘the place for the first bite, the last cocktail and everything in between’, it lives up to its billing with an extensive menu – from sushi to “delicious steaks” via “recommended fish ’n’ chips” to bao buns and a variety of casual bites. It’s “a great spot for people watching” too and “usually has a buzzy atmosphere”. Top Tip – “good afternoon tea with dainty finger sandwiches and a great selection of pastries and cakes”.
4. Bistrot Vérité French restaurant in Southport 7 Liverpool Road - PR8
“This great French bistro” with a “buzzy ambience” is, for fans, “a favourite place for a special occasion meal” – “there’s always a great choice of imaginative seasonal dishes”. It’s very much a family business, with owners Marc & Michaela Vérité joined by their sons Jacques, the head chef who trained at the Chester Grosvenor, and Charlie, part of the FoH team. “The new bar area in the recently acquired adjacent premises is a welcome addition.”
5. So-lo British, Modern restaurant in Aughton 17 Town Green Lane - L39
“Opened in late 2021, we visited on only their second night open, but the cooking was faultless and we're looking forward to going back at the earliest opportunity” – Tim Allen’s year-old operation may not yet attract quite the same volume of feedback as Moor Hall, just down the road, but his 40-seater is highly rated by its small fanclub. In the evening, the format is a 6-course tasting menu for £75 – lunch is a more conventional (and cheaper) £35 for three courses.
6. The Barn at Moor Hall British, Modern restaurant in Aughton Prescot Rd - L39
The “modern and well-designed” alternative to the hall’s main dining room is much more casual, and makes a top choice to enjoy the environs of the venue and its “professional” standards, but in a more relaxed vein. The “assured” cooking has won it a Michelin star, but that’s something of a distraction really. Though interesting and impeccably sourced, the menu is quite straightforward, not particularly ‘haute’, and much more affordable than the main hall (especially with the early-in-the-week deals at lunch and dinner). Kids’ menus and good outside tables in summer complete a likeable but conventional picture.
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