Eating out in Southport

We’ve compiled this guide to assist our guests with dining options during their stay at the Sunnyside. Most of the restaurants listed are conveniently located within walking distance, and many of our previous guests have enjoyed dining at them.

For your convenience, we’ve included contact numbers for each restaurant, allowing you to make reservations directly. Should you require assistance with making reservations, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here to help!

Pub Food

The Windmill is a locally run and owned independent pub that is very popular with our regular guests. Not only is it just a 2-minute walk around the corner they provide a 25% discount off food to our guests when you show a discount card that’s available from reception. Their Sunday dinners are very popular and booking in advance is recommended. Please note they stop serving food at 7 pm and the discount card must be shown at the till when placing the order.  Telephone Number 01704 547623 – Windmill Menu

Italian Restaurants

Volare is owned and run by Onofrio from Sicily who opened the restaurant in 2007. Due to its popularity, the restaurant expanded in 2023, taking over the neighboring shop and undergoing a full refurbishment at the same time.

The restaurant can be found around the corner on Lord Street around a 5-minute walk away. Some of our guests have found the tables a little close together so if you get a little claustrophobic this is not the place for you. The Restaurant is closed on Tuesdays. The restaurant is very popular and booking in advance is recommended.   Telephone Number 01704 546232. Volare Menu

Chip Shop

The Swan recently came 9th in National Geographic’s quest to find the UK’s best chip shop. Here is what they had to say:

Southport’s oldest fish and chip restaurant has been run by the Defty family for 45 years. Fish and potatoes are locally sourced where possible and, while the menu lacks modern curveballs, it does the classics well enough to have inspired passions across the town. And at very moderate prices too.

It can be found a 2-minute walk away from the Sunnyside on Stanley Street. You can’t pre-book or pre-order however their telephone number for enquiries is 01704 530720. Eat in Menu or Take Away Menu


Bistrot Verite is an independent French restaurant in Birkdale Village, just over half an hour’s walk away. Although it’s quite a distance away I have included this restaurant in the list because of its fantastic reputation and food. The restaurant has been included in the Michelin Guide for several years. The guide describes the restaurant as:

“A friendly, bustling neighbourhood bistro, serving gutsy French dishes with a classic base, punchy flavours and the occasional international touch. It’s a family affair with Mum Michaela, Dad Marc and their sons all involved, either in the kitchen or front of house. Pop into their next-door bar, Petite Vérité, for pre or post-dinner drinks.”

The restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Their telephone number is 01704 564199. Bistrot Verite Menus


The Feather Blade is located on Lord Street with views looking out towards The Monument. Its just a 5 minutes walk away from the Sunnyside. The stylish, beautifully decorated venue is owned and run by Executive Chef Edgar Yonga. The steaks are cooked in a charcoal oven, which can reach heats of up to 400 degrees. At the time of writing, they are running a promotion Every Thursday, 4:00-9:00 pm 2 stakes and bottle of wine £30.00. Reservations can be made through their website or over the phone on 01704 53074. Feather Blade Menu

Thai Food

Thai Rice is located just across the road and is the closest restaurant to the Sunnyside on this list. Thai Rice is an authentic Thai Restaurant. The staff here are always very friendly and we enjoy the food. Our favourite dishes are the Thai Green Curry and Mussaman Curry. The restaurant is closed on a Tuesday. To make a reservation please call 01704 543974. Thai Rice Menu

Fine Dining 

Twelve Fusion Kitchen is located on Princes Street, just off East Bank Street which is just over a 10-minute walk away from the Sunnyside. The Owner and Chef Paulo only uses high quality fresh, carefully sourced, seasonal ingredients in his dishes. The dishes are not defined by any particular area or region but are influenced by experiences and tastes from Paulo’s many years working in various countries. Twelve is one of the coziest dining establishments in Southport, offering an intimate dining experience. Reservations can be made by calling 01704 631613. Twelve Fusion Restaurant Menu

Eateries catering for diners with allergens and intolerances

Dale Cafe situated just a brief 10-minute stroll from Sunnyside on Tulketh Street, is renowned for its delectable homemade gluten-free cakes. The menu prominently highlights the gluten-free choices, and it’s reassuring to know that the owner is a fellow celiac, ensuring a deep understanding of dietary needs. The Cafe Closes on Sunday and Monday. For enquiries please call 01704 634056. Café Dale Facebook page

Occulo Lounge conveniently located on Lord Street, is a mere 5-minute walk away and offers a dedicated Gluten-Free menu. Their website features interactive tools designed to assist patrons in customizing their dining experience to suit their individual dietary needs. This restaurant, which underwent a complete refurbishment, opened its doors in the summer of 2023. For enquiries please call 01704 443279. Occulo Lounge Menu

Xanders Chip Shop is located on East Bank Street, approximately a 10-minute walk from Sunnyside. This establishment offers both dine-in and takeaway choices. They are not gluten-free by default so please make staff aware of your dietary requirements when ordering.  They are open 7 days a week. The telephone number for enquiries is 01704 807820 Gluten Free Options

Vegan Eateries

Wild Root is an entirely plant-based establishment encompassing a café, deli, and event space, complete with an onsite farm shop. They are the only 100% plant-based establishment in the area and it requires a 12-minute car journey to travel there from the Sunnyside. They make a wide range of homemade meals with plants at the centre of every dish. Wild Root enjoys a stellar reputation on review platforms and is open 7 days a week, closing at 5:00 p.m. daily, except on Sundays, when they close at 4 pm. Telephone 01704 562002

Kalash Indian is located at the top end of Lord Street, approximately 15-minutes walk away. They pride themselves on creating high quality food made using fresh ingredients and spices. You can see the Vegan Menu on their website. They also have a convenient online reservation facility on their website. For enquiries please call 01704 548777.

Gusto Trattoria is located on Lord Street, around a 12-minute walk from the Sunnyside. The restaurant which opened to the public in 2005 offers modern-style Italian cuisine in a contemporary, relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant is highly rated amongst the vegan community in Southport. They have dedicated sections on their menu for plant-based food. For reservations please call 01704 544255 Gusto Menu

House of Ivy is located on Lord Street just over a 5-minute walk away from the Sunnyside. They offer a vegan menu that includes pizza, salads, sandwiches, a vegan tart, a Lotus biscoff calzone, and a vegan charcuterie sharing board. They are open 4 days a week, Thursday to Sunday. Telephone 01704 510103 Vegan Menu

There are numerous alternative dining options available, and we would highly value your feedback, as it can be instrumental in enhancing the experience for our future guests.

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