Victorian era elegance is alive and well inside the iconic Nostalgia Tea Rooms in Southport.
The family-run business is based on Lord Street, a Victorian canopied boulevard edged in scenic gardens. With a charming, unique style all of its own, Lord Street has been a favourite shopping destination for over a century.
Overlooking the heart of town sits Nostalgia Tea Rooms, with a long row of windows allowing customers to look out and watch the world go by while enjoying a sumptuous Nostalgia Tea Rooms cream tea, some of their legendary home-made scones or delicious home-made meals.
Guests are served by waiting-on staff dressed in typical Victorian costumes, black dresses with white aprons. The eye-catching black and white building, which hails from the Victorian era, is one of the most photographed in the area.
Since then, they have built up an incredibly loyal base of customers, locally, from all parts of the UK and from the four corners of the world
Dave said: “We have been enjoying our business for the past 15 years, but Nostalgia Tea Rooms has been going since 1985. It is a long-standing, family friendly, local independent business and part of the community.”
Lynn, Dave and all their staff are very warm and welcoming and invite you all to enjoy the beautiful ambience of the Tea Rooms.
Being on the first floor, with windows at the front and the full length of the building, means that light floods in.
Lynn said “New customers are surprised just how bright and spacious it is, when they walk in. They hear the music from yesteryear playing and they are instantly wowed.
Both Lynn and Dave are very ‘hands on’, with Lynn doing the baking and Dave, the cooking.
Lynn said: “We are a full restaurant as well as a Tea Rooms. It is a struggle to update the menu and specials board, sometimes, as the old-fashioned favourites. from Corned Beef Hash; Liver & Onions; and Cheese, Onion & Potato Bake cannot be pushed aside!
“Dave has been making his famous Lasagne for over 30 years and customers aren’t too happy if he attempts to replace it with another dish! He also cooks his meats for the Roast Dinners and Sandwiches, on site.”
The home cooked taste is one of the many reasons why Nostalgia Tea Rooms sees diners coming back time and time again. That fresh taste using quality ingredients, from local suppliers, sets them apart from chain coffee shops, which people can find anywhere.
The full menu offers a wide variety of choices, from Full English Breakfast, their famous home made soups, main meals, Nostalgia Salad Bowls, sandwiches, toasties, baked potatoes and snacks.
“All great quality, home cooked, value for money choices, but you’re still welcome to visit for just a cuppa and a toasted teacake.”
The couple love Southport and both feel blessed to have lived here for the last 15 years.
Lynn said: “There are always great events going on. We usually go to the National Firework Competition on each of the three nights of the weekend it is on. We have Southport Flower Show, Southport Air Show, and Southport Food & Drink Festival. All things that we embrace and love to visit as well as being regular concert visitors to The Atkinson, which has great shows on.
“Add those events to Lord Street, our own elegant shopping boulevard, which has been a destination for visitors since the 19th Century, with Nostalgia Tea Rooms Victorian theme, we fit really well with that elegance, along with the history of Southport Pier, the Promenade and the beautiful parks throughout.”