A Merseyside pub that has been open for more than a hundred years has had a huge £600,000 refurbishment.

The Fox and Goose pub, which was nearly lost and converted into flats in 2019, has been visited by generations of people since it first opened in Southport in the 1850s.

Hasan Akdeniz has now led its conversion into a new venue which can be enjoyed both during daytime and night-time, with different rooms for people to enjoy.

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The ground floor, where live music is back, now features a neon-squared dancefloor. A feature bar runs alongside the left hand side of the wall, and VIP rooms can be hired.

Saturday night rock nights have returned at the venue, on Cable Street, just off Lord Street, in Southport's town centre.

The Fox and Goose has always been famous for its live music, and local bands have returned to the venue over the past few weeks.

The Fox & Goose pub in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Media
The Fox & Goose pub in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Keen to embrace the whole of the Southport community, the Fox and Goose has begun to host new Romanian nights and Russian nights, which have proved to be very popular.

Hasan has created an attractive new outside beer garden area where visitors can relax and enjoy the town’s first ever shisha bar.

The new-look first floor has been converted into games rooms.

Here people can find a new pool table, a dart board, and will soon be able to play on a table tennis table.

The Fox & Goose pub in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Media
The Fox & Goose pub in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Local firm Classic Arcade Games has provided several nostalgic arcade games for people to enjoy, and more are set to follow.

Hasan said: “I applied for a licence to bring back the Fox and Goose. Planning permission had been granted to the previous owner to convert the building into eight apartments when I bought it.

“I am aware of the huge affection that people locally have for the Fox and Goose so I was determined to reopen it, but to give it a really good new look at the same time.

“Everyone in Southport has really good memories of being here.

Guests enjoy a night out at the Fox & Goose pub in Southport
Guests enjoy a night out at the Fox & Goose pub in Southport

“You can’t imagine how many emails and messages I had from people when they heard I was reopening the Fox and Goose. They were delighted to hear that we were back.

“I had lots of messages from people who had met their husbands or wives in here, who had celebrated their 18th birthdays in here, people who have enjoyed great nights out over the years.

“I would like to add a big thank you to my business partner Dr Emrah Aslan for all his help and support with this project and Mr Adem Akdeniz too.

"Plus, a really big thank you to all local Southport residents who supported me throughout.”

Hasan and the team at The Fox & Goose pub in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Media
Hasan and the team at The Fox & Goose pub in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Hasan knows Southport very well, having run a number of successful nearby businesses.

He continued: “I have been doing business in Southport for the past 14 years.

“There is nothing here that is similar to what we have here at the Fox and Goose.

“Our new Games Room is really unique. People aged between 21 and 35 don’t have a great choice of where to go during the day to relax and enjoy themselves."

Before its temporary closure in 2018, the Fox and Goose was well known for its live music, hosting bands such as Space and staging the popular Battle of the Bands contests.

The pub was first opened in the 1850s, and enjoyed trading for many years until it was turned into a "fun pub" called The Pavilion in 1984.

Hasan, who is originally from Turkey, has previously run off-licences, shops and kebab shops in the town, including Southport Food Centre on Nevill Street.

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