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.

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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:


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Pub-goers can enjoy a January Sale at The Lifeboat in Formby.

Manager Ashleigh-Jane Bauress is reducing the price on a range of drinks at the pub in Three Tuns Lane.

From Tuesday January 3 until Wednesday January 18 inclusive.

Wetherspoons January Sale LiveThe range of drinks featured in the sale are; a real ale (Sharp's Doom Bar), a craft beer (Shipyard), one lager (Coors Light), two ciders (Strongbow Dark Fruit and Magners), three wines from Coldwater Creek (red, white and rose), three spirits; Gordon's gin, Smirnoff vodka, Bacardi rum (inclusive of a mixer), two soft drinks; SanPellegrino (Aranciata Rossa and Limonata) and Monster (Energy, Ultra and Ripper), Guinness as well as takeaway Lavazza filter coffee and tea.

The sale prices include

  • a pint of Sharp's Doom Bar at £2.29,
  • a pint of Coors Light at £2.49,
  • a glass of Coldwater Creek wine (175ml glass) at £2.55,
  • a pint of Guinness at £2.99,
  • Gordon's gin (single measure with mixer) at £2.80,
  • SanPellegrino at 95p
  • and a takeaway cup of Lavazza filter coffee at 79p.

Ashleigh-Jane said:

Department stores and shops hold their sale in January, so it is the perfect time to have a sale in the pub too.

The range of drinks on sale in the pub is aimed at suiting a wide variety of tastes.

I believe that the January Sale will prove popular with our customers.

As always, staff at the pub will serve customers responsibly.

(Source: direct communication from Wetherspoons)


A Variety of Culinary Delights!

The Suay Restaurant in Formby is opening soon.

Suay Bookings Details LiveInspired by the beauty of Asian culture, encompassing all that is great about the continent in one immersive culinary experience.

Serving a variety of culinary delights from China, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and beyond. We hope you enjoy your visit as much as we enjoy serving you.

Visit the website at

Use the links to download and view the menus, my mouth's watering already!

Game, Set & Match for Veteran Alex

Formby’s Invictus Games gold medallist tennis player, Alex Krol, made it ‘game’, set and match when he won a cookery competition for veterans, run by a great supporter of Help for Heroes.

Alex Krol H4H Website Photo LiveHe took part in the competition, designed by Swinton Park Hotel near Ripon in North Yorkshire, to give wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans a flavour of life in a professional kitchen.

Alex signed up for the experience so that he could help his wife Jayne more in the kitchen following the birth, a few weeks ago, of their first child, son Xander.

“Since he was born, it has become apparent that I am going to have to do more around the house and that meals such as beans on toast are no longer going to be acceptable!” he explained.

Alex was paralysed from the chest down after a motorbike accident in 2005 caused severe spinal injuries and ended his military career with the Royal Marines.

For two years after the accident, Alex struggled with the idea of being a wheelchair user but, after realising that he was still fit, he took every opportunity to try new activities.

As a result, he has represented his country at the highest level as a member of the Armed Forces Para Snowsports Team; has gained his private pilot’s licence and is actively involved with disabled flying charity called Aerobility which, through adaptive equipment, enables wounded, injured or sick service personnel and veterans to have a go at flying; and, earlier this year, he won a gold medal playing tennis doubles at the Invictus Games in Orlando.

“I still have that ‘can do’ mentality that is instilled in every recruit throughout Commando training,” said Alex. “And that really helped me in my approach to the cookery competition too.”

He and the other competitors each spent a training day with a different Michelin star chef, learning how to cook their restaurant’s signature game dish. They then came together for a ‘cook off’, resembling a mini Masterchef, when they had to reproduce that dish, on their own and in just two hours, ready for judging.

After just four hours under the tutorship of Richard Allen, the Executive Chef at Rockcliffe Hall near Darlington, Alex was able to create a dish that not only looked great but tasted good too. His combination of pigeon, with its numerous textures of chick pea dahl, broccoli puree, mini bread-crumbed haggis, marinated stem broccoli and fig jam, really impressed the two judges - Richard Townsend of Gourmet Game and Steve Bulmer of Swinton Park Cookery School.

Alex said a lot of the techniques he uses playing tennis came in surprisingly useful for cooking too.

“It sounds daft but it’s all about visualization and regarding each stage as a chapter of a book – that’s how I approach tennis too.
There were a lot of elements going on in my dish so I had to concentrate really hard but I knew, if I could pull it off on the day, it would be alright.
And thanks to the training I was given I now have the confidence and the skills to push myself to do more in the kitchen and try new things.”

Aex Krol Help for Heroes LiveFirst prize was a week’s training at Swinton Park Cookery School, plus all competitors received a set of Meyer pans.
Melanie Dickinson, the interim Centre Manager at Phoenix House, said the aim of Help for Heroes was to inspire, enable and support individuals to lead active, independent and fulfilling lives through many forms of support.

“Vocational visits also play a vital role in this but Swinton Park has generously taken this to another level completely. Its competition gives the participants an experience they never forget,” she said.
Whether or not they use it as a fantastic step up into a potential new career, they will all have a renewed confidence about trying new things which they can apply to many other aspects of life on ‘civvy street’.”

(Source: Debbie Calgie, Help for Heroes Press Officer (North) Tel: 01748 8354148  Email: