The Arion could be mu­sic to your ears with its real fam­ily feel

Southport Visiter - - Camra Column -

THE Arion is a mod­ern, airy pub on Ke­nil­worth Road, Ains­dale, South­port writes Neville Grundy.

It has one large room, sub-di­vided into sev­eral sep­a­rate ar­eas, and a long con­ser­va­tory on the front.

At the entrance, there is etched in the glass an im­age of Arion, a leg­endary an­cient Greek mu­si­cian, hold­ing a lyre and be­ing res­cued by a dol­phin.

It is fur­nished with stan­dard pub chairs and ta­bles, plus a few set­tees for those who pre­fer a “Friends” vibe.

The pub serves two or three real ales, with Marston’s Pedi­gree usu­ally on, al­though it had run out when I vis­ited; there were two guest ales, Marston’s Fever Pitch and Ad­nam’s Light­house, which were both in good con­di­tion.

As you’d ex­pect, the bar stocks the usual range of other drinks.

Food is served ev­ery day at lunchtime and in the evening, with Sun­day lunch offers; fam­i­lies are wel­come and there is a chil­dren’s menu.

Also for the chil­dren, there is an out­side play area, and for ev­ery­one else, beer gar­dens to both the front and rear. In­side, ar­eas can be re­served for your pri­vate func­tion.

There was muted piped mu­sic when I was there; Tues­day is quiz night, and Sky Sports are some­times shown.

They like to hold fundrais­ing events, and the no­tice board dis­played sev­eral let­ters of thanks for the sums raised. There is a pool ta­ble in one cor­ner. The pub offers free WiFi, is on Facebook and Twit­ter, and its web­site is thear­ion.co.uk. Sorry: no dogs. There is a car park and the 49 bus stops right out­side.

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