Southport is a large seaside resort in Merseyside, with a stylish town centre and expansive beaches. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming and is popular for weekend breaks and longer family holidays. Visitors love the Victorian promenades with designer shops and independent boutiques, superb bars and cafes and international restaurants. Enjoy a walk along the picturesque seafront or head up to neighbouring Crosby to see the Anthony Gormley art installation. When you start to feel peckish, take a leisurely wander over to the centre to check out some of the fine tapas restaurants in Southport.
When you enjoy tapas in Southport's restaurants you are continuing a tradition that began in Andalucia in the thirteenth century, when King Alfonso X fell ill and discovered he could only eat tiny dishes of food. The style of cuisine rapidly became popular and began to be used in Seville by bar owners, who used to place dishes over bar glasses to keep the flies away. They realised that they could add small and salty snacks to these plates, such as cheese, olives and meat, which encouraged the thirst of the bar customers. From humble origins, tapas is now a global phenomenon which is now applied to a range of cuisines. You'll often see signs for Mexican, Asian fusion, British and Cajun tapas at restaurants in Southport, as well as more traditional Spanish spaces too.
This style of eating is naturally sociable and ideal for sharing with friends or family which allows diners to taste an array of authentic dishes, cooked by experienced chefs and using the finest ingredients. You'll find a real emphasis on quality at the tapas restaurants in Southport, with excellent drinks menus and mouth-watering desserts if you have any room for something sweet! Ask your server for advice on wine to pair with your dishes. Albariño, Rioja, Cava and Sherry all work perfectly with tapas.
The Corridor Bar & Eatery is always popular with local foodies and it's cosy, welcoming space on Lord Street suits its tapas menu just perfectly. With a modern interior, the menu is creative and high-quality, with incredible cheese, seafood and meat dishes that are ideal for sharing, alongside a superb wine, cocktail and craft beer menu. The venue is relatively intimate, however, so make sure you book your table in advance to avoid any disappointment.