Formby pub wins acclaim for the quality and standards of its toilets

A Formby pub has won acclaim for the quality and standards of its toilets ˗ in the Loo of the Year Awards 2017.

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The Lifeboat in Three Tuns Lane has been awarded a platinum star rating by inspectors ˗ the highest award possible.

The awards, celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, are aimed at highlighting and improving standards of 'away from home' toilet provision across the UK.

Loo of the Year Awards inspectors makes unannounced visits to thousands of toilets at sites across the UK, in order to judge them.

All of the toilets are graded from bronze to platinum with unacceptable toilets not graded at all.

The platinum rating is given only to outlets which offer "exceptional toilets."

The toilets are judged against numerous criteria, including décor and maintenance, cleanliness, accessibility, hand washing and drying equipment and overall management.

The Lifeboat, a Wetherspoon pub, is managed by Ashleigh-Jane Briscoe.

Ashleigh-Jane said:

“We are delighted with the award. Staff at the pub ensure the toilets are in first-class condition at all times and it is great that this has been recognised by the inspectors.”

The Loo of the Year Awards 2017 managing director, Mike Bone, said:

“The toilets at The Lifeboat have been designed and fitted out to a very high standard and are both clean and well maintained.

“The pub richly deserves its platinum award – the highest individual award the judges can deliver.”

 


Formby Actress Lands Lead Role

This Christmas, The Black-E Liverpool will transform into an enchanted castle as Liverpool based theatre company Drops of Light CIC present their festive offering for 2017, Beauty & the Beast.

Formby born Tori Hargreaves will play the role of Beauty. 

Tori as the BeautyTori was born and raised in Formby trained in acting at Arts Education School London where she currently resides. She has previously enjoyed success in a number of roles most notably appearing in Bill Kenwright’s Blood Brothers. Tori is delighted to be returning to her native Formby for the festive season


Staged in one of Liverpool’s most iconic arts buildings The Black-E, Great George Street from 6th – 31st December, Beauty and the Beast offers a magical setting for families to enjoy a unique Christmas treat with a reimagining of the classic fairytale. The 350 seat capacity venue will be transformed into an enchanted castle to stage Beauty and the Beast, the first ever pantomime to be staged at TheBlack-E, a venue that has been at the heart of Liverpool’s art scene since the late 1960s.  Not to be missed, Beauty and the Beast promises all-out magic and sparkle in a show that will appeal to families of all ages.


Drops of Light CIC are a community focused theatre production company. Beauty and the Beast will be created through collaboration between professional actors and creatives who will work alongside community groups guiding them through workshops run by a range of industry professionals to create a unique full-scale show. Tickets are on sale now with prices starting at £12 grab yours and treat the whole family.

Tickets are on sale now with prices starting at £12 grab yours and treat the little princes and princesses in your life to a Christmas treat they will treasure.

Tickets
£12 Child
£16 Adult
Available at www.dropsoflightcic.com Discounts available for group bookings. Contact theteam@dropsoflightcic.com

Trailer https://vimeo.com/229615760


Formby Wetherspoon: beer festival 11-22 October

Beers from the UK as well as Australia, USA, South Africa, Sweden and Spain will be available at The Lifeboat in Formby during its beer festival.

Wetherspoon-2017The pub in Three Tuns Lane will be serving a range of beers during the festival, which runs from Wednesday, October 11 to Sunday, October 22 inclusive.

All beers will be priced at £2.39 a pint.

The line-up includes new, seasonal and speciality beers as well as those brewed exclusively for the festival.

There are beers flavoured with pink grapefruit, coffee, chocolate, tobacco and toffee.

The overseas beers are;

  • St Eriks Midnight Sun (St Eriks Brewery, Sweden),
  • Young Henrys Newtowner (Young Henrys Brewery, Australia),
  • Arcadia Autumn Wheat (Arcadia Ales, USA),
  • Cerveza Fort Oatmeal Porter (Cerveza Fort Brewery, Spain)
  • and Zululand Pale Ale (Zululand Brewery, South Africa).

The UK beers include;

  • Chocca Mocca (Cotleigh Brewery),
  • Banana Bread Beer (Charles Wells Brewery),
  • Green Hop Monster (Rudgate Brewery),
  • Dark Side of the Moon (Truman's Brewery),
  • Trojan Horse (Caledonian Brewery)
  • and Steampunk (Vale Brewery).

Customers will be able to sample any three of the real ales in special third-of-a-pint glasses for the price of a pint.

Pub manager Ashleigh-Jane Briscoe said:

We are promising our customers a superb range of beers from overseas which have been brewed especially for the festival, together with some great beers from brewers across the UK.

The festival will be the perfect way for real ale enthusiasts to enjoy a range of excellent beers over 12 days.

Tasting notes on all of the beers will be available in the pub.

 


Formby Viking Festival 2017

Formby Viking Festival & Medieval Market Day, Saturday 23rd September 10-5pm
Formby Gild Hall Activity Centre and Grounds

(Admission £1 on the gate)

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Viking living history duo Jarl Herjan (Leo Kolassa)and Forni Hamingja (Tony Higginson) will be back with their Formby Viking Crew on Saturday 23rd at the Gild Hall Activity Centre, off Church Road to participate in this year’s Viking Festival and Medieval Market Day.


Following their recent Viking exploits attending festivals and events across Wales and the North West, they have encouraged other living history groups to come along and join their crew at the upcoming Formby Viking Festival and Market.

Tony Higginson commented

Having been at recent VMM events in Gwerch Castle (Abergele) and at Conwy Castle which attracted huge crowds we did get to meet lots of people and similar groups to ours that have an interest and passion for living history and want to come along to events such as our Festival.

TV Historian and coordinator of Viking and Medieval Markets (VMM) across the region, Mark Olly, has worked alongside Formby Vikings for 5 years in making the event here a success and most popular amongst the stall holders and living history groups that participate.

The Formby Viking Festival may be one of the smaller events we get involved in organising but it is the most popular one that the VMM living history group and traders love to attend as it gets better and better each year

Mark Olly said and added

It’s also the only event I keep being asked about all the time: is there going to be another one? When is it going to take place? That’s why we are already planning to come back in 2018

At this year's Festival, the event will include staunch favourites ‘Talonted Feathers- Birds of Prey’, Shoot a Knight and the authentic Long Ships. In the arena area, combat displays will be featured with several sessions for children to have a go at being a Knight. There will also be storytelling, music arts and Medieval Market Stalls featuring arts crafts and gifts for all.

There will be several exhibitions of Living History activities including Viking games involving demonstrations on how to play Hnefatafl (Viking Chess) with an opportunity to challenge the current World Tafl Champion or former English Champion. On display will also be a new game - ‘The Wall of Asgard’ which has proved to be very popular at other shows especially with prizes are on offer for anyone that can take the challenge and beat the height record and get the best score.

Formby Scouts are providing refreshments.

 


Formby Cider Festival

Cider lovers will be able to enjoy an unbeatable range of draught craft ciders from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, during a Formby pub's 17 day festival.

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The cider festival will take place at The Lifeboat in Three Tuns Lane from Friday July 7 until Sunday July 23 inclusive.

The pub will offer a selection of ciders including some not previously available at the pub and the others produced exclusively for the festival.

There will also be award-winners among the available ciders.

As well as apple and pear, there will also be ciders made with elderflower, strawberry, rum and raisin, as well as toffee-apple and ginger, lychee and ginseng.

All of the ciders will cost £2.59 a pint.

The ciders on offer include;

  • Kung Fu Cider (Sandford Orchards),
  • Toffee Apple Cider (Mr Whitehead's),
  • Stan's Big Apple (Thatchers),
  • The Artful Roger (Hunts),
  • Somerset Redstreak (Perry's),
  • Pear Mania (Cockeyed Cider Company)
  • and Moonshine Rum & Raisin (Broadoak Cider). 


Pub manager Ashleigh-Jane Briscoe said: "The Lifeboat will be offering a superb selection of craft ciders during the festival.

"Cider is the perfect drink to enjoy during the summer and we believe that the festival will appeal to cider lovers as well as those enjoying cider for the first time."

Customers will be able to enjoy three third-of-a-pint ciders for the price of a pint.

Tasting notes, describing all of the ciders will be available.

 


Formby Beer Festival

Award-winning beers from award-winning breweries across the UK and overseas will be available at The Lifeboat in Formby during a 12-day beer festival.

Lifeboat Inn Beer festival from 22 March 2017
The pub in Three Tuns Lane will be serving a range of beers from Italy, Brazil, Holland and the USA, as well as the UK, during the festival which runs from Wednesday 22 March until Sunday 2 April inclusive.

All beers will be priced at £2.39 a pint.

The overseas beers are;

Back Garden (Bagby Brewing, USA), Mild the Gap (Birrificio MC-77, Italy), Flink (Brouwerij 'T IJ, Holland), Burton Pale Ale (Bodebrown Brewery, Brazil) and Continental IPA (St Louis Brewery, USA).

Each of the overseas brewers has won awards for its beer in its respective country.

The UK beers include; Salopian Lemon Dream (named The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) National Champion Speciality Beer in 2012), Mauldons Blackberry Porter (winner of SIBA East's Champion Speciality Beer in 2016), Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted (voted Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Champion Beer of Britain 2003) and Acorn Darkness (winner of a bronze medal at the 2016 CAMRA Great British Beer Festival).

Several unusual flavours will be present in some of the beers, including blackberries, coffee, lemon and lemongrass.

Customers will be able to sample any three of the real ales in special third-of-a-pint glasses for the price of a pint.

Pub manager Ashleigh-Jane Briscoe said: "We are promising our customers a superb range of award-winning ales, including some great beers from overseas and many others from brewers across the UK.

"The festival will be the perfect way for real ale enthusiasts to enjoy a range of excellent beers over 12 days."

Tasting notes on all of the beers will be available in the pub.

 


Stylish New PizzaExpress Restaurant Opens In Formby

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Next week (13th February 2017), a stylish new PizzaExpress restaurant opens in the heart of Formby, bringing signature and much-loved dishes such as the American Hot and Padana pizzas, to the town for the first time.

The new opening will bring 20 additional jobs to the community.

Pizza Express Image 2 LiveThe 141 sq ft restaurant, has been designed to provide a relaxing space with coastal links, reflecting the seaside setting of the town of Formby. The restaurant has a rustic, seaside feel with walls clad in a mix of white wash and green timber planks and cladding, while the Pizzaiola counter has been covered in reclaimed timber planks to create a rustic effect.

Artwork in the restaurant celebrates the first lifeboat station in Britain launched in 1776, which was at nearby Formby Beach and the remains of which can still be seen today.

Banquette style seating in blue and deep tan reflect the feel of a lifeboat station and the sea theme is also reflected in the rope screens which separate seating areas.

Restaurant Manager Archie Quinlan comments:

I am incredibly excited to be bringing the nation’s best-loved pizza to Formby, and to be at the helm of such a great team

The opening coincides with the introduction of the brand’s Winter Specials menu, which includes a Barbacoa Romana pizza (£14.25) and the return of old favourite the Etna (£13.20). The mouth-watering Chocolate Fondant (£6.40) is also on offer on the dessert menu; alongside two delicious cocktails: the Sloe Prosecco (£5.35) and the Flat White Martini (£5.25).

For younger pizza-lovers, the Piccolo menu is full of tasty choices including ‘Create Your Own’ pizza, and starts at just £3.95. For budding chefs looking to celebrate a birthday, a Pizza Making Party will see them transformed into Pizzaiolo’s so they can stretch, toss and top their own pizza and play party games before sitting down to enjoy their culinary creations.

For more details visit www.pizzaexpress.com

Notes: A Pizza History

· PizzaExpress has been obsessed with pizza ever since its founder Peter Boizot opened his first restaurant on Wardour Street in London’s Soho in 1965
· PizzaExpress was one of the first restaurants to adopt open kitchens where its skilled pizzaiolos stretch, toss and top each freshly prepared pizza
· PizzaExpress now has 450 restaurants across the UK

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Official Opening of Suay Restaurant, Formby

I'm live blogging this evening at the official opening of the new Pan Asia food restaurant, Suay in Formby.

Catch a flavour of the event, taste all the excitement. Follow the live blog here: http://www.formbyfirst.org.uk/comment.html

 

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