This will putt a smile on your face.
Allerton Manor is a hidden treasure tucked away in the leafy suburban haven of Allerton, South Liverpool. An estate steeped in local history and brimming with promise is home to Allerton Park Municipal golf course, a well-loved local gem of well-trodden fairways, the boyhood playground of many aspiring golfers and even the site of a photo shoot for four floppy-haired local lads in the swinging sixties.
Fallen past its prime after many years of under-investment and neglect, Allerton Park suffered as local competitors surged forward, developing facilities and hospitality venues which left Allerton seemingly in the history of yester-year. The Clubhouse sat woefully unloved, the condition of the course began to slip, and apart from loyal season ticket holders, Allerton Park failed to ignite the interest of the booming locale of South Liverpool.
The decision by Liverpool City Council to divest its loss-making operational assets, created an exciting golf and leisure opportunity with the ability to breathe life back into the city’s municipal golf courses. Green Circle Estates, part of the team of masterminds behind Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa, were enlisted to become the city’s official golf operating partner, and a reinvention process began. Reborn Allerton Manor Golf Club in November 2015, the new operators set about a transformation of the club and its facilities in coalition with the City Council. They did so with a clear mission in mind; providing an accessible and affordable golf offering true to the course’s Pay and Play roots but with the kind of facilities and standards expected at a private members’ golf club.
A program of significant investment was launched across the estate in an effort to bring this vision to reality. The first phase of developments saw the Grade II listed Clubhouse totally reimagined, instating a ground floor restaurant, The Old Stables. A contemporary casual dining experience, with sky lights beaming daylight into the airy and stylish dining room, The Old Stables offers a delicious menu of home comfort style dishes, locally sourced and lovingly prepared by an experienced kitchen team headed up by the vastly experienced local Executive Head Chef Phil Daley. Open to all, The Old Stables has provided destination dining in the heart of South Liverpool, with something for everyone – whether it’s a locally sourced sausage butty after 18 holes, a leisurely brunch, a family gathering or their aptly named Sunday Best with loved ones. With a heated terrace that can accommodate up to 100 guests, The Old Stables is exactly what the residents of South Liverpool and beyond have been waiting for.
Not content with the transformation ending there they have since launched The Hay Loft, a luxury private function space, bar, lounge and terrace opened recently on the first floor. Perfect for weddings, christenings and celebrations of every kind, with an exclusive entrance and exit, high end design concept and a winding driveway which will leave visitors suitably impressed. An elevated terrace overlooking the 18th green is the perfect spot to take in a beautiful sunset over a chilled glass of wine.