A new bar has opened in Southport that has seen people being turned away from the day it opened.

The Woollen Pig has opened on the corner of Duke Street and Cemetery Road in Southport, with the owner having plied her trade in hospitality before she opened her new venture.

Vici Bradshaw ran Southport's oldest pub, the Cheshire Lines, when the pandemic hit, but decided to step away and start her own venture.

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The 37-year-old has opened The Woollen Pig on July 2, with different aspects of the bar opening along the way.

Vici's two rescue dogs, Woolly and Peachy
Vici's two rescue dogs, Woolly and Peachy

Vici was in a rush to open the bar having to push the initial opening date back following maintenance work and then opening the kitchen the following week.

Vici told the ECHO: "At the end of the my contract with the brewery at the Cheshire Lines I took the opportunity to to buy a new place and without the brewery constraints we can dictate what we charge and who supplies us.

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"All of our produce, food and drink, come from a 20 mile radius apart from the coffee. The fruit, the veg, we use Kellen's Butchers for our meat. It's all local and people like that."

The bar owner who spent five years at the Cheshire Line working alongside the brewery that owned it, also had the unexpected arrival of her daughter during the opening week of the tap and bake house.

She said: "Leah, my daughter, wasn't due to arrive till August so she came a bit early. It has been a bit of a whirlwind but we are getting there slowly."

The name of the bar also has its own story. Vici has a passion for rescue dogs, with herself having two at the moment, one of which coming from Transylvania.

Vici told the ECHO: "Everyone asks why it's called The Woollen Pig with a dog on the logo and it's all to do with rescue dogs. The two that I have at the moment, ones from Transylvania.

"They're called Woolly and Peachy but everyone calls her piggy, then I thought Woolly and Piggy then evolved to The Woollen Pig. It's a very dog friendly place. We're in the process of putting a snug n with a fire which will be completely dog friendly, along with an outdoor cinema."

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