Photo: (Left) Craig Holmes and (right)Land Lord, Peter

Popular Birkdale pub, and racehorse Red Rum’s favourite local, is set to open in July under new management.

The Upper Aughton Road venue will be welcoming punters back after lying empty for almost a year. New land lord, Peter, is promising a family friendly atmosphere as he puts his exciting plans into place.

The Upsteps was one of Southport’s busiest and most-visited pubs when racehorse trainer Ginger McCain had his stables a few doors away. It even saw the three-times Grand National winner parade right outside its door after one of his many victories.

Peter said:

“I really want to see the Upsteps thrive again. It had got tired before closing and was a shadow of its former self.”

“Commenting on his future plans for the pub, Peter added, “ developers Artizan Property Co are really putting some effort and great work in breathing new life into the ‘Uppy’”.

“All any pub needs is some tlc, friendly staff and a nice environment to get it going. After that, by having regular events and offers, it brings new types of punters in, some of whom may never have visited the pub before.”

“We have lined up and are running lots of new things. We’ve got theme nights planned, a live band every Saturday, as well as hosting family fun days once a month too. This means it will be a venue for everyone.”


In a nod to the town’s real ale drinkers, Peter will add three traditional cask ales to the drinks menu and promises to update them regularly.


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