Lounge Inn - Bold Street, Southport
LOUNGE Inn is superbly presented. From the food on the plates, to the plush purple velvet seating area, marble floors and large sparkling wine glasses.
We arrived at the Bold Street restaurant just after 8pm and were warmly welcomed by a charming man who was our waiter for most of the evening. He chatted with us, and advised us on all the different parts of the menu.
People were sitting at the bar, chatting away and there was a trendy, glamorous feel to the place.
To begin with I had a warm goat’s cheese and spinach tartlet served with caramelised red onions and port-poached pears (£5.50).
I thought it was divine. It melted in the mouth and was just the right size for a starter. The port-poached pears were a lovely addition to the dish.
My dining partner, Liam, had Parma ham and mozzarella parcels served on dressed mixed leaves with a honey and wholegrain mustard dressing (£5.95).
When our mains arrived Liam was delighted with the portion – he had four good-sized lamb cutlets, slow cooked in coriander, cumin and chilli, served with crispy potato gnocchi tossed with a sun-blush tomato and onion sauce. He appreciated the 'adventurous' side of the dish and the amount of meat there was.
My favourite fish is sea bass so I chose the seared sea bass fillets, seasoned with rock salt and black pepper on a bed of Mediterranean salad.
The prices of our mains were £15.75 and £15.95 respectively.
There was a wide selection of vegetarian options to choose from and mixed vegetable side dishes. The wine list was extensive, with wines from countries such as Italy, France, New Zealand, Chile and California among others.
Liam thoroughly enjoyed his dessert, he thought it was perfect in both presentation and taste.
The idea of Lemon Meringue Pie Baked Alaska with vanilla meringue casing, light sponge and lemon sorbet centre, served with raspberry coulis, was innovative and exciting.
My dessert was great, too, – I opted for the toffee apple and blackberry tartlet served with Cornish clotted ice cream. All desserts were reasonably priced at £4.50.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the food – the chefs really presented the dishes superbly.
We thought it was good that we could see right into the open kitchen from where we were sitting, it looked clean, and the chefs, who were smartly dressed, were working well together.
Later on in the evening, the bar area started getting busier and we were told many people come for pre-club drinks.
There was a cool atmosphere in the bar, and there was a wide selection of drinks and snacks.
Later in the evening, the downstairs dining area is converted into an extension of the bar, with different types of seats to choose from, from comfy sofas to high stools to suit your mood.
We enjoyed our meals at Lounge Inn, it was a different experience from other restaurants we’ve been to in Southport and it certainly stood out from the rest.
I would recommend it as a place to be seen for trendy, young professionals with a bit of cash to splash.