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Have you visited Southport's hidden iconic Victorian themed Tearoom?

HIDDEN above Lord Street, in Southport is a fantastic local independent venue, offering a delightful range of classic refreshments. This venue might have a steep staircases to get up, but once up it is very restful and a great way to hide from the hustle and bustle of life outside. It also doesn't put off most of its clientele, who cover a wide range of ages, from teenagers to even those aged 100+. The venue is of course Nostalgia Tea Rooms, a truly hidden gastronomical delight, offering the some of the best home made cakes within the Town Centre, plus a fantastic range of other foods, along with afternoon teas, complete with strawberries and cream...

This location was nearly consigned into the history books, but was saved by a local family, when they reopened just 2 weeks after the former owners had closed it. Saving not only the iconic attraction, but also saving jobs for some of its original staff. This venue still has retained its unique theme, complete with traditionally dressed waitress service, that has attracted so many people to visit over the years. The new owners Margaret and Rebecca offer much of the same menu is much the same, but they have added some new improvements that will not disappoint you, especially when it comes to the puddings! Get ready to put on an extra notch or 2 in your belts, as you will really want to taste the delouses cakes. The best cake they offer; at least what we think it is; is the Cheese Cake, but that is just our view. The chocolate cake comes in a very close second and the coffee coming in third, just ahead of the mouth watering crumble... Pop in and try yourself, and please let us know if you agree…

If you want more than tea and cakes, they offer a good selection of foods, that you would find in many restaurant, such as the very satisfying Sunday Roast, with a choice of home made Yorkshire Puddings. The also have lighter options, like the brilliant Nostalgia Club Sandwich, a triple decker, complete with Turkey, Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato. Served with fresh salad, garnish and home-made coleslaw.

For tourists, you can also take away the new tote bags and cards, that have been lovingly drawn by Ruth Spillane.

We look forward to seeing this iconic thriving local business continue for years to come.

For more information and to see latest offers please visit the Nostalgia Tea Room Facebook Page.  If you have been to the venue since it was taken over, please do let us know what you think of it by emailing us at:- News24@SouthportReporter.Com.

Artist of the Month Exhibition - Sue Herlihy

LIFELONG learner, Sue Herlihy from Crosby, has finally found time to follow her dreams. Since retiring, Sue has now been able to re-ignite her creative spirit and begin to unlock her artistic potential to the full.

"During my professional life, firstly in education and later in information technology, my creative side was usually in the back seat. When early retirement came my way I promised myself to follow my creativity in whatever direction it might lead."

Always seeking a challenge and still trying to identify her own:- 'voice,' Sue started to investigate the local art scene to build up her confidence and self expression.

"Through numerous adult education classes and workshops, with some very talented tutors, I have become acquainted with a world of artistic opportunity that can sometimes be overwhelming."

Sue soon realised that it is always important to build from a fundamental practical skill base.

"I enjoy simple observational drawing as the cornerstone of my practice, particularly life drawing, portraits, and still life, and have experienced the joy and frustration of working in a variety of media and materials. Nature and natural forms, textures and colours inspire me."

Recently Sue has been expanding her practical skills by experimenting with mono-printing and gelli plate printing techniques working with Norrie Bewick-Calvert at Southport Contemporary Arts.

"The mixed media pieces exhibited are based on unique prints, the result of multi-layered images of natural forms, further embellished with inks and acrylic paints."

Sue has already successfully exhibited in numerous local exhibitions.

"When a piece sells and finds its way into other people's homes, it is always a thrill."

Never 1 to rest on her laurels, Sue is still fervently pursuing her passion and always seeking solutions to her creative challenges.

"I am still following my curiosity, learning through trial and error. After 6 years I feel that I have barely started. Long may this continue."

Sue's exhibition will be on view from:- 30 July to 27 August 2022, at:- ArtHouse, 65 Eastbank Street, Southport, PR8 1EJ.

ArtHouse is Southport Contemporary Arts's town centre gallery. Set on 1 of the main roads into Southport, ArtHouse enables Artists and Makers living in the Liverpool City Region and Lancashire borough, opportunities to showcase and sell their work.

There are facemasks and hand sanitizers available at the ArtHouse should visitors wish to use them.

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