Accomodation in Southport

The North West of England is one of the best kept secret golfing destinations in Europe and has often been described as the ‘Finest Stretch of Championship Golf in the World’. This is no idle boast for an area that can offer three Open Championship venues and no fewer than seven of the top rated courses in the UK and Ireland.

Why therefore, I hear you ask, has this area been overlooked for so long?

The main reason is that the local accommodation has not been up to the same standard as the magnificent golf available. I am pleased to tell you, however, this is no longer the case and that this area is now officially open for business!

On a recent trip to the area I sampled many of the newly built and refurbished properties on offer. I would like to tell you about the following as some recommended examples you should consider if playing and staying in the area:

The Vincent Hotel, Southportwww.thevincenthotel.com

Vincent Hotel, Southport
Vincent Hotel, Southport

The Vincent opened its doors in June 2008 – a unique and chic hotel for the North West of England. Situated on Lord Street, the Vincent takes comfort and service to a new level – all within a fresh and modern environment.

Ramada Plaza Southport – www.ramadaplazasouthport.co.uk

The Ramada Plaza Hotel offers luxury city centre style hotel accommodation in the hub of Southport.

Ramada Southport Plaza
Ramada Southport Plaza

With fantastic panoramic views of the coast and ease-of-access to some of the most acclaimed Championship golf courses in the country, it’s worth considering. Also only two minutes from Lord Street, it’s only a short walk to the famous shops and boutiques.

Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa – www.formbyhallgolfresort.co.uk

Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa
Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa

Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa offers the ultimate golf resort, spa and luxury hotel experience. The resort underwent a £15million refurbishment in 2008 and provides a golf course that is well-known on the European Challenge Tour, an notable golf instruction school facility and the 1st PGA National Residential Academy in the UK.

By Jonny Ferguson. Jonny has worked with PerryGolf for over 2 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.

A Great Restaurant in Southport, England

On a recent trip to Southportin the North West of England, I was glad to see how much the restaurant scene had improved since my last visit 6 or 7 years ago. Myself and some of the other sales team at PerryGolf ate in Warehouse Brasserie; located in the town centre on West Street, just off of Lord Street. It is very convenient for those using Southport as a base for a golf trip.

Warehouse Brasserie - Main Restaurant

The main restaurant, which is decorated in a modern Art Deco style, is located downstairs and has a warm and friendly atmosphere. No need for jacket and tie here. The menu is varied and offers dishes from local fish and game to Asian curries and Chinese-influenced noodles. I opted to have the black pudding hash brown with mustard mayo and poached egg followed by the local Fleetwood Cod with Crab and sweet corn risotto with ginger spring onions. Both dishes were excellent and certainly merited the 2 AA rosettes and Michelin Bib Gourmand the restaurant has been awarded. A number of my companions went for the Duck Spring Rolls which were also excellent, as was the fish pie. Unfortunately we did not have space left for dessert – but I was very tempted by the Dark Chocolate Tart with pecans and caramel ice cream.

All agreed it was an excellent meal and it was made even more special due to the fact we were seated beside a table of local professional soccer players who play for Liverpool Football Club.

Check out the Brasserie’s website for more information and to view their fantastic menu http://www.warehousebrasserie.co.uk/Menus.htm.

By Alastair Niven