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Scarisbrick Arms, Downholland

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On the main road between Liverpool & Southport the gable of this large red brick building declares it was built in 1899. Situated next to the Leeds-Liverpool canal it is ideal to visit on a Summers day. Sprawling grassy beer garden/children's play area to the rear leading to the canalside. At the front of the pub there is a paved beer terrace with wooden tables. Inside is completely different to the Victorian exterior. Bright & fairly open planned with a gastro pub feel the food looked very appetising. Real Ales on my visit were White Horse - Village Idiot (2.35 a pint - result!), Moorhouse - Blond Witch & Southport Brewery - Golden Sands which had just run out. A nice place to spend a lazy afternoon, however my major gripe on our visit was the service. All of the staff seemed to be teenagers. Behind the bar were 3 girls who I'm sure should have been doing their homework rather than be in a pub. One couldn't pour a pint of real ale to save her life & complained she didn't like customers ordering these drinks. Meanwhile one other girl was trying to make herself look busy by rearranging classes, & another one was perched on the end of the bar looking bored whilst the queue of customers got bigger - very poor.
happytyskie - 27 Jun 2010 13:38
We (four of us) made our first visit to the Scarisbrick arms on Sunday 9/5/10 since it re-opened. Wow what a transformation! While retaining it's unique character it has been brought up to date with a bang. It seems more open and airy and the food was fantastic! Home made chips to die for and the staff were brilliant. My mushroom stroganoff was delicious and we all agreed the meals were excellent and the sweets were generous but all for 2.95!
We will definately return.
pennyrcade - 11 May 2010 10:43
First pub that I had a pint in, worked there many years ago, had some great nights there many times,
bryanmelling - 5 Apr 2010 14:45
Now reopened. Large, imposing red-brick building that stands alone where the main road crosses over the canal, a couple of miles north of Maghull. A large, opened out bar area is at the front, with another moderately-sized room off to the side. To the rear is another large room that is not yet open.
It's been thoroughly refurbished inside, and seems to be going for the Continental compromise between pub and cafe that is increasingly popular these days. Whitewashed walls, contemporary modern black and white furnishings and cutlery laid out ready on the table give the impression of a cafe bar, but some important pubby elements are retained, such as the stained glass windows (with Lancashire red rose), a tiled floor area near the bar, and best of all, a roaring real fire (a blessing on a very cold day!). There is also a small TV showing football in the side room at the front.
Food plays a major part in the operation, and it is good value and unpretentious, and served all day.
Happily, the pub has retained real ales from local microbreweries, with Southport Golden Sands and Sandgrounder on my visit. A blackboard promised Bombardier and micros from the George Wright Brewery would be making appearances soon.

All in all I enjoyed it here. Possibly a little modern for my tastes but a short trip down the road to the Scotch Piper will appease traditionalists such as myself. It's good to see it open again, and the beer situation is good. Definitely worth a visit if passing or on a walk in the area.
Carlurmston - 10 Jan 2010 15:43
The Scarisbrick Arms re-opened in December 2009, it will be a bar, restaurant and B&B when finished.
CanalWalker - 3 Jan 2010 20:56
Can't beleive this is still on this site it closed 12 months ago and is now becoming rapidly derelict
thehammerman - 18 May 2009 19:49
Cant understand comment from feb 09 has been boarded up for over a year
koikarp - 2 May 2009 12:10
sad, a homely pub, great food, great ales, betetr than any of the shit around seafrth and bootle, it sure would give them a run for their money, i often wonder though how these fisherman sit by the canal side tring to catch a bite, it would bore the arse off me, even if i waqs retired, lovely countryside
eddygilroy - 22 Feb 2009 21:16
Boarded up and shut, took us ages to find as well.

Looks unlikely that it will re open.
imdownthepub - 2 Jun 2008 18:00
A very homely pub, good beer and good food
angrydocker - 7 Apr 2008 23:21
Past this pub on Easter Monday and noticed that it is boarded up and looking very 'sad'.
theotherbigman - 26 Mar 2008 12:58
I thought the food was amazing and very resonably priced, i found the staff very friendly and welcoming. The canalside beer garden looked lovely although it was a bit to cold to sit out, roll on summer! Definatley worth another visit.
louisa78 - 31 Mar 2006 18:53
Looked very foody but well worth a visit - only one beer (from Southport) in good condition -
mtaylor40 - 5 Oct 2005 00:36
Always been a firm favourite of mine, cracking food and very friendly staff. Nice little beer garden next to the canal, this place is crowded with locals on Sunday lunchtime.
However on my list trip last month, interior seemed dirty and one barmaid (could have been the landlady) had a bad attitude !
Still, worth a visit - hope I went on a off day
Scousefire - 2 Sep 2005 16:18

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