The “Settle Inn” has now opened in Botanic Gardens, Churchtown

The “Settle Inn” has now opened in Botanic Gardens, Churchtown.

The Settle Family are celebrating 50 years of running the cafes in Botanic Gardens in Churchtown this year.

The family will now be servicing guest from their new licensed Bar. Over the next coming months we will be holding events & having live entertainment. From Soul nights, Tribute Acts to Crooners. Prosecco on draught! Wine by the glass or bottle, numerous Gins and all your regular tipples.

Come down to “Settle Inn” overlooking beautiful surroundings in the Botanic Gardens.

The gardens were founded by a local group of working men, known as the Southport and Churchtown Botanic Gardens Company. The company acquired land from the Hesketh Estate (which belonged to Meols Hall) to establish the gardens. The company raised £18,000 to build the museum, a conservatory and tea rooms and to landscape the gardens.

The Botanic Gardens’ lake was formed from part of a stream (known as Otter Pool) that flowed from Blowick through Meols Hall out to the Ribble Estuary. It is said that monks who lived nearby fished for eels in the stream.[2] Until recently the flow of this stream had been intentionally blocked for 20–30 years at the point where it passed into the Gardens under Botanic Road, but this conduit was reopened in 2012. The gush of water out of the lake on re-opening sluiced away silt and mud in the stream bed, briefly exposing the cobbled ford which predated the road bridge.

The gardens were officially opened in 1875 by Rev. Charles Hesketh, from whom the land occupied by the gardens has been acquired. The ceremony included the laying of a foundation stone for the museum, which eventually opened in 1876.

Southport Botanic Gardens glasshouse, taken during the 1920s

The gardens closed in 1932, as plans had been drawn up for a housing development, but were saved from being sold by the Southport Corporation. They reopened on 28 August 1937 as “The Botanic Gardens and King George Playing Fields”. Today, the park’s name has been reverted to Botanic Gardens.


The gardens boasted a large glass conservatory with a fernery, which proved very popular with visitors, as it featured many tropical plants from around the world. Although the magnificent conservatory was eventually demolished, the fernery still remains. The site of the conservatory can still be seen in front of the fernery today, as the outline of the remains are laid out as a floral garden.