Grasshopper, Hillside, Southport

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Old Boots left this review about Grasshopper

A splendid, but aren’t they all? micropub on the outskirts of Southport, formerly a bank then a couple of shops this one has two rooms side by side. The counter and tiny servery are located in one back corner of the right hand room, biggish by micro pub standards this room is furnished mainly with tall tables and stools. The five pulls dispense local beers with a few from further afield, the clip collection has examples from Salopian (Hop Twister was on that day and excellent) Nepture, Red Star, Titanic, Melwood, Three Tuns, and Lancaster. There are some interesting lighting options as well. Behind is the access to a unisex toilet and a door leading out to a pleasant drinking yard with cut down barrel furniture. The left hand room has a drinking shelf, more decoration and low tables and chairs alongside a couple of armchairs, more seating is available at the front pavement.

On 29 th October 2016 – no rating submitted
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Al Bundy left this review about Grasshopper

This is a very friendly and very good micropub. A small room, obviously, and it has 5 handpumps, of which 4 were dispensing local breweries and one being Titanic Plum Porter on this visit. A friendly owner(?) was happy to discuss all things real ale. Recommended.

On 9 th July 2016 – rating: 8
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Grasshopper

A recent addition to Hillside along with the Pines around the corner. This one room micro had three ales on handpump and one cider from the Ribble Valley. The beer choice on our visit was Melwood Pale Face, Potts Brewery Sprocket and Salopian Oracle. I went for the Potts Brewery Sprocket, which had bags of flavour and certainly packed a punch at 5.5%. The staff here and fellow drinkers were welcoming and friendly. We took our drinks out front and chatted to the owners of the recently opened sandwich shop.

On 4 th July 2016 – rating: 7
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 13 March 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 13 March 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 13 March 2019 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes – Will accept JDW vouchers – last updated 13 March 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 13 March 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 13 March 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : No last updated 13 March 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : No last updated 13 March 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 13 March 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : Yes last updated 23 March 2016 by Real Ale Ray
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 13 March 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Real C >Yes last updated 13 March 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 13 March 2019 by ROB Camra
Sunday 2pm – 10pm
Monday 5pm – 10pm
Tuesday 5pm – 10pm
Wednesday 5pm – 10pm
Thursday 5pm – 10pm
Friday 4pm – 11pm
Saturday 2pm – 11pm

Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit

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CAMRA: The Grasshopper, Hills >Neville Grundy checks out Southport’s newest micropub

  • 15:00, 24 MAR 2016

Last week, I decided to go to Southportโ€™s newest micropub on its opening day: the Grasshopper at 70 Sandon Road, just off Waterloo Road, in Hillside. The premises were once a branch of Martins Bank, which had a grasshopper trademark. When I arrived, there was already a comfortable hum of conversation as hosts Angie and Andrew made customers welcome. The dรฉcor is minimalist: one wall is stripped to the bricks, the rest are painted white, the floor is bare wood, and it is furnished with tall tables and chairs.

The bar has four handpumps and two fonts. On my visit, the real ales were: Parker Centurion Pale Ale, Burscough Priory Gold, Rock The Boat Bootle Bull, and George Wright St Patrickโ€™s Black Gold; these are all local beers, and the ones I tried were in good form. The choice will change, and the โ€˜Coming Soonโ€™ notice board looked promising. The prices are reasonable, and they sell third pint measures if you want. The fonts dispense two beers from the Outstanding Brewery of Bury: White, a wheat beer, and Pilsner. They also offer a choice of wines.

There is no food, but they have made an arrangement with the chip shop across the road that they will deliver to the pub, so you can have a swift drink while you wait. Children are admitted until around 6pm, and dogs are welcome too. Andrew told me they have the premises next door and they may in time expand into there, but not just yet. There is plenty of free street parking, the 47 bus passes just yards away, and itโ€™s a five minute walk to Hillside Station.

By the time I left, it was pretty busy with around 30 people, most from the immediate area. It is open 4pm to 9.30pm Monday to Friday, and noon to 9.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. This micropub meets a long-standing need in Hillside: hop in if you get the chance.

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70 Sandon Road

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Monday 5.00 pm – 10.30 pm
Tuesday 5.00 pm – 10.30 pm
Wednesday 5.00 pm – 10.30 pm
Thursday 5.00 pm – 10.30 pm
Friday 5.00 pm – 10.30 pm
Saturday 2.00 pm – 10.30 pm
Sunday 2.00 pm – 10.30 pm

North Merseyside Pub of the Year 2018 and Cider Pub of the Year 2018. This micro pub opened in March 2016 in what used to be an old Martins Bank branch until 1978 (the logo of Martins bank was a grasshopper). It is situated in the row of shops close to Hillside train station. There is outdoor seating at the front of the pub and a secluded Beer Garden to the rear.

Eight changing real ales and six real ciders are served. Oversized pint glasses are available on request.

The pub hosts monthly meetings of CoLAPs (Coast of Lancashire Ale Preservation Society) on the first Monday of each month which feature regular speakers on beer related topics. CAMRA members are welcome to attend.

Regular cask ales

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 8 changing beers.

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Updated on 13/03/2019
Last surveyed on 01/03/2017
Branch responsible is Southport & West Lancs

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  • Real Ale Available
  • Real Cider Available
  • Member Discount Scheme

Wetherspoon’s vouchers accepted.

  • Beer Festivals
  • Quiet Pub
    • Disabled Access
    • Pub Garden
    • Parking

  • Dog Friendly
  • Traditional Pub Games
  • Smoking Area
  • Guest Beers

    • Oakham Citra
    • Titanic Plum Porter
    • Salopian Hop Twister
    • Salopian Shropshire Gold
    • Burscough Sutler’s IPA
    • Rock the Boat Dazzle
    • Hophurst Evolve
    • 3 Potts Furnace

    70 Sandon Road
    PR8 4QD

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    • Close to Railway Station

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    The Grasshopper Soccer Facility

    We have awesome soccer fields and an awesome bar – 4170 Madison St. Hillside, IL 60162

    The Soccer Community

    You can’t enjoy soccer all by yourself. Soccer is more fun when you are surrounded with like minded individuals in which you can connect, mingle and make lasting friendships. Our soccer arena and bar make a perfect community.

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    Soccer is our life style. We play day and night, non-stop. We pack on 4 soccer fields perfect for 6 vs 6 adult soccer. Each year we host soccer leagues in which you can join, have fun, get some soccer exercise and connect with the community.

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    Grasshopper is a convenient indoor soccer facility for soccer enthusiasts and sports fans of all ages, for fun and recreation. Our facility is open all year long for hourly rental, league plays, classes, tournaments, practice and special events.

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    We are proud to announce our new Partnership with World Cup Soccer Camps. Registration is now open for Summer Camps. Since 1991 World Cup Soccer Camps & Clinics has set the standard of excellence for youth soccer camps, classes and personal soccer training. With an emphasis on instruction, your child will receive the highest level of attention in a fun and safe environment. Our morning sessions are dedicated to technical training and developing skills. We create many touches on the ball to make it exciting and to improve your childโ€™s game. Half days conclude with small-sided games. In the afternoons we play matches where we work on tactics and positioning. All our coaches are skilled players, great with children and love to teach. With a 1 to 10, coach to player ratio, we are able to focus on high-quality and individualized training. Your child will be a better player after camp while having a lot of fun.

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    KANSAS COLLECTION BOOKS Contibuted by Mary Ann Sachse Brown and produced by Early Kansas Imprint Scanners

    The Cow from Grasshopper Falls

    Written by Mary Ann Sachse Brown
    and Illustrated by Roy Lee Brown

    My great aunt Ruth had a caring and generous spirit but never married. As one of the youngest of eleven children, she immensely enjoyed the families of her brother and sisters. She often visited my grandma and grandpa on their farm near Atchison, Kansas. I can still remember the excitement my sisters and I had as we raced each morning to her room. Before she was hardly awake, we were pleading with her to tell us a story. One of our favorites was “The Cow from Grasshopper Falls”, because it was the story about her father when he was a small boy. We listened intently to her detailed descriptions of life on the Kansas prairie years ago. She delighted in telling the story because at the end she always encouraged us to share it someday with others in the form of a children’s book.

    Years passed, and my brothers and sisters and I all grew up, married and had children of our own. As I raised my own two children, I never told the story to them. It was only after my husband and I moved from Kansas to Vermont did I remember the story and Aunt Ruth’s dream of a children’s book.

    When I sit on the porch of our 200 year old colonial home, overlooking the lush green hillsides in Vermont and close my eyes, I can imagine myself a little girl again, back in Kansas with my sister gathered around Aunt Ruth, listening to her kind, unhurried voice as she began our favorite story.

    O nce upon a time there was a young married couple by the name of John and Margaret Considine. They lived in a little village by the name of Grasshopper Falls, located on a gently sloping hillside by a waterfall on the Delaware River. First known by the Indians as Necascatobe (the waters where the martins dwell), then by the French fur trappers as Soutraille (grasshopper), the first white settlers called the river the Grasshopper.

    Grasshopper Falls was a new town on the prairie of the Kansas Territory. The Indians had given their surplus land to the U.S. Government and sales were held of these lands. The Considines came from the state of Ohio, along with other Irish settlers, when they heard that land was plentiful and the soil rich and fertile in the Kansas Territory. The sunshine was as abundant as the hope for a good place to raise a family. They could grow plenty of food to eat from the good soil. When they left Ireland there had not been enough food. It had been the time of the Great Potato Famine. They were happy to find a place like Grasshopper Falls. The young couple lived in a tent while they built their home of logs from the trees that grew near the river. One stormy night, their first child, Johnnie was born in the tent. The local newspaper later reported, “The wind had blown violently that night and the rain fell in torrents-a terrific thunderstorm. The next morning everybody drank to the health of the newborn child, the first child born on the town site of Grasshopper Falls.”

    The Considine’s new log home was soon finished and so they moved all their things from the tent and wagon into it. Many more pioneers were coming to settle and farm in Grasshopper Falls and many times stayed with them while their own homes were built. Soon the Considine log home became known as the Farmers Home Hotel. There were not many buildings, other than a few houses on the townsite. The Crosby Brothers had a general store, Dr. Northrup, a drug store and Lewis Stafford ran a blacksmith shop. Townspeople had convinced the McCarger brothers to build a hotel because this helped the town grow.

    Life was not easy on the Kansas prairie. Many families had been encouraged to settle there to influence Kansas’ entry as a free or slave state. There were not many homes, and the food was not very good. Many became homesick or sick from disease. Then there was a severe drought that lasted a very long time. People were starving because crops could not grow without rain. Kansas had also become a battleground between the forces of freedom and slavery and soon was known as “Bleeding Kansas”. And so many families had left by the time Kansas was finally admitted as a free state. But the issue was not resolved for the nation as a whole and the Civil War began–the war between the states.

    President Abraham Lincoln called for volunteers from each state to fight in the war and Johnnie’s father was one of many from the new state of Kansas who answered. Now Johnnie’s mother took over management of the Farmers Home Hotel. This was a very hard time for the young family. Johnnie was only four years old and also had a new baby sister, Mary Ellen. They missed their father very much, so far away from them. They thought about him all the time and wondered where he might be and what he was doing.

    Johnnie soon learned to do many chores for his mother, to help out. He fed the chickens, gathered their eggs, fetched water from the nearby stream, carried wood to the house for the cooking stove, and watched after his little sister, Mary Ellen. Johnnie’s most favorite job of all was the care of gentle Bessie. Bessie was a brown Jersey cow, given to the Considines by a family who had left Grasshopper Falls during the drought. Jersey cows were by nature contented cows and gave good, rich milk. Bessie always watched every single move Johnnie made with her big brown friendly eyes. A brass cowbell hung around her neck. Johnnie would know where she was whenever he heard the bell go “Clank”. She was very important to the family. Besides the delicious, sweet milk to drink, the family enjoyed the many ways they could use the milk from Bessie. Johnnie’s mother skimmed the ‘top milk’ for the rich cream or churned it into butter. Many times, any surplus was then traded for other food items like sugar, flour or salt pork. Bessie assured that the young family always had something to eat.

    Every morning and every evening, Johnnie took a tin pail to the barn and sat on a three-legged stool to milk Bessie. She often turned her head to watch him as he rhythmically tended to his task. Johnnie was always kind to Bessie and she liked him too so gave a lot of milk. She never kicked over the milk pail as some milk cows would do at milking time. Somehow, she knew the family was depending on her. When Johnnie was finished, the hungry barn cats gathered round for the saucer of warm milk he always gave them.

    While the purring cats sipped the frothy milk, Johnnie led Bessie out to the pasture on the side of the hill. There Bessie would graze for most of the day slowly chewing the sweet, green grass. Sometimes, Johnnie stretched out on the lush grass of the creek bank in the shade of a big oak tree while Bessie grazed nearby. Johnnie loved this time spent with Bessie. As long as Bessie was near, he was not frightened without his father. It was so peaceful as he listened for the song of the meadowlark, the call of mourning doves and the sound of water flowing over the rocks of the river. As a gentle breeze whistled through the tree leaves, Johnnie breathed in the delicate fragrance of the colorful wildflowers that grew nearby.

    At the end of the day Johnnie sometimes picked a handful of flowers for his mother and fetched Bessie back to the barn for the evening milking. When the milking was finished, Johnnie cleaned her stall in the barn so Bessie was comfortable for the night. Then Johnnie gathered the eggs from the chicken coop, while the hens โ€œcurredโ€ in contentment as they picked at the grain he had scattered on the ground for them. With all the chores finished, Johnnie went to the house to eat the supper his mother had fixed. Even though there was not much food at times, Johnnie’s mother could always fix a good meal. Maybe it tasted good because they had worked so hard throughout the day. Johnnie’s mother looked tired and sometimes Mary Ellen was fussy, but when they sat down to eat they were all happy to be together. They talked about their father and the things they must do while he was away. At bedtime they prayed for his safety and his return home to them soon.

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