Light and airy pub with interesting décor, good food and drinks choices and wooded grounds
The good pub guide review
A rather grand conversion of an old hotel, set in five acres of woods and parkland. In fact, a walk from the pub to coastal nature reserves might just yield red squirrels, still hanging on in this area. Bearing all the stylings of a well run Brunning & Price pub, the nicely proportioned open-plan rooms, spread out from the central bar, have plenty of interest: attractive prints on pastel walls, flowers, snug leather fireside armchairs in library corners, and seats and tables with rugs on dark boards by big bow windows. There's also a large, comfortably carpeted conservatory dining room; background music. Cheery, friendly young staff serve more than 40 gins, 30 whiskies and 19 wines by the glass, plus beers including Phoenix Brunning & Price Original, Salopian Oracle, Titanic Plum Porter and three guests on handpump. Outside, there's a flagstoned side terrace with sturdy tables, lawns with picnic-sets by swings and an old Fergie tractor, and scenic parkland views.
The good pub guide food review
A wide choice of food includes sandwiches and 'light bites', summer vegetable risotto, ham hock hash cake with fried egg and piccalilli, Vietnamese-style ribs, braised shoulder of lamb with minted crushed new potatoes and rosemary gravy, sweet potato, aubergine and spinach Malaysian curry with coconut rice and pak choi, cumberland sausages with mash and gravy, and puddings such as hot waffle with boozy cherries and vanilla ice-cream and chocolate and orange tart with passion-fruit sorbet.
Sparrowhawk, Southport Old Road, Formby, Liverpool, L37 0AB
Pub Group: Brunning & Price