This drink­ing den would be a good choice for a post-lock­down pint

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THIS is, I hope, the last of my “re­cy­cled” older ar­ti­cles to re­mind drinkers of some of the great pubs that await them as lock­down eases, writes Neville Grundy.

This was first pub­lished in Novem­ber 2018, since when they have opened an out­door drink­ing area to the front.

The Beer Den, South­port’s new­est real ale mi­cropub, opened for busi­ness a fort­night ago.

It is op­er­ated by the Parker Brew­ery of Banks, north of South­port.

My friend Mick and I went along as it opened: in fact, we were the first cus­tomers through the door. We were made wel­come by Kie who was just about to un­lock the door as we rolled up.

There are four hand pumps of­fer­ing two beers from Parker Brew­ery and two guest ales. On my first visit the Parker beers were Golden Sa­mu­rai Ale and Dark Spar­tan Stout, while the guest beers were Mel­wood Pale­face from Knowsley and Red Star Hunky Dory from Formby.

On my sec­ond visit last week­end the guest ales were Mel­wood Knowsley Blonde and Bow­ness Bay Tern IPA from Ken­dal.

I man­aged to try most of them, find­ing that all were well-kept and the prices very rea­son­able.

The bar is in a for­mer com­puter shop which has been pleas­antly re­fur­bished in a light and airy man­ner.

As well as real ale, there is a craft beer and a lager on fonts and the usual range of spir­its, in­clud­ing spe­cial­ity gins, a good wine list, Prosecco and cof­fee.

In one cor­ner there is a large cab­i­net with a wide range of bot­tled beers from var­i­ous brew­eries, in­clud­ing some in gift packs and, for Parker beer fans, T-shirts in var­i­ous colours dis­play­ing the brew­ery’s name.

On the open­ing day, the Beer Den be­came quite busy and Kie was soon joined by Sarah be­hind the bar.

On my sec­ond visit, it was even busier.

Clearly this bar meets a need in the lo­cal area as there are no pubs or bars in this part of South­port.

Al­though the bar is new, I found peo­ple were will­ing to have a friendly chat.

The Beer Den is at 65/67 Duke Street near the cor­ner of Shake­speare Street; the 46 bus passes nearby.

If you get peck­ish af­ter a few drinks, there is a take­away just next door.

You can find 37,644 other real pubs across the UK at: what­pub.com.

The Beer Den in Duke Street is open for busi­ness again

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