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What Are Those Steps at The Grapes For?

How many customers at the Grapes Hotel ever wonder what these steps outside the entrance are for?

Mounting Steps The Grapes

I suspect most of us would guess that there's a connection between them and earlier forms of transport such as wagons or coaches.

In fact, they're a 'Mounting Block'. They are there specifically to help a rider mount his or her horse more readily. According to Wikipedia they were:

Usually made from stone or wood before the era of the motor car they were common. Some have three or more steps leading up to a platform which gave extra height and therefore easier access to the saddle and less chance of falling when dismounting.

 A few had a wall or some other support to one side of the steps. Some were built as memorials and bear inscriptions. They were built with bricks, ashlar and even occasionally from a single stone block.

There are modern versions available normally in stables or equestrian centres, there they are there mainly for the benefit of the horses. They help to prevent  a horse's body twisting when riders mount the horse distressing or injuring the horse in the process.

I don't know about you but if you let your imagination go a little, it's easy to imagine former bowler-hatted, portly, red-faced Victorian and Edwardian residents of Formby and Freshfield leaving the Grapes after a good night's drinking, playing darts, cribbage or crown green bowling being taken home by a patient knowing horse. No need for a 'Sat Nav'.

No cars , little street lighting, lots of potholes, plenty of rural peace and quiet. The good old days!.


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Festive Fizz at The Freshfield

Christmas is the perfect occasion for celebrating with a glass (or two) of fizz... Stop by and treat yourself and friends to Prosecco or Bollinger and help us spread some Christmas cheer!

Freshfield Xmas 2015Our lovely doubly promotion is in full swing this Christmas, there really isn't anything you won't love about it. It's simple make yours a double for an extra £1.50 on all spirits.

One of many festive treats we have in store for you this Christmas

Here at Freshfield we have a fantastic range of warming cask ales. Don’t miss out on a pint of our very own festive cask ale Rocking Rudolph.

Or treat yourself to one of our delightful Christmas cocktails our Chambord Kir Royale is quickly becoming a festive favourite.

Don’t forget if you’re the ‘sleigh driver’ we have a special present for you too.

Get two free drinks when purchasing any main — please enquire to our elves behind the bar for more information.


Formby Christmas Lights 2015


Formby Christmas Lights 2015Formby Christmas Lights Switch-On 2015 - Enjoy

Here's the latest details from the team:

12pm Event opens with stalls, fairground rides, food & drinks

1pm Santa's 'Pop Up' Grotto opens it's doors

1-3 Performances from Marshside Brass Band

2-5 Performance from Churches Together throughout the day

2pm Main Stage hosted by Sky TV's Neil Newton:

2:00 Jon Casey Blues Band

2:30 Make Noise (Choir)

2:45 StarKidz

3:00 Anna Corcoran

3:30 St. Jerome's School Choir

3:45 Amelia

4:00 G-Force (Choir)

4:30 BooGaLoo

5:00 Switch-On by Graham Stuart & Alan Kennedy

5:15 The Ambition

6:00 Dublin Street

6:30 Close

There will be lots of food outlets including Brough's BBQ, Hop & Horn peri peri chicken BBQ, Hog Roast, Cafe D'Art BBQ, plus Woodwards Wine stand, Red Star Beers and much more!

The weather forecast is looking good (amazingly) so fingers crossed and let's look forward to a fantastic day!!!
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Check out our album to remind yourself of what a great day we had last year!


Halloween Celebrations at the Grapes Hotel

The Grapes
The Grapes: Source Wikimedia

The Grapes Hotel in Freshfield is celebrating Halloween and invite you to join them in the fun.


From 3pm to 5pm there's a "Halloween Fun Day" specially for the young which is followed by a Halloween DJ Night for adults from 8pm to Midnight. If you're into:

  • Fancy Dress Competitions
  • Face Paint
  • Treat or Treat
  • Hot Dog Fingers
  • Duck Apple
  • Vampire Blood Shots

Then it has to be at The Grapes


Chapel Lane Halloween Spookfest

Are you ready for the Chapel Lane Spookfest?

Woodwards', Cafe D'Art and Hop and Horn in the village are all celebrating Halloween and invite to join them in the festivities. There are prizes for the best dressed who turn up.

Chapel Lane Spookfest
Go on, it's time to get your 'freak' on, Formby!

There's Live Music, a kids party followed by a disco for older ghouls and a Halloween Party.

You're spoilt for choice or better still enjoy all of these events in turn.