A “MUCH-LOVED” café bar has reopened in West Kirby after five years.

Slinky’s, based on Banks Road, West Kirby, opened in 2002 before it closed in 2018. Following its five year hiatus, the popular establishment re-opened in July 2023.

Slinky’s is open seven days a week as a coffee shop serving cake, bites, hot sandwiches, soups, sausage rolls, and pork pies during the day and a vibrant bar serving a variety of alcoholic drinks at night.

Owner Simon Hughes told the Globe: “Re-opening Slinky’s has made me realise how much people have missed it these past five years.

Chester and District Standard: Inside Slinky's in West KirbyInside Slinky's in West Kirby (Image: PR)

“The reception has been overwhelming and it has been amazing to see old and new faces coming in to enjoy the new look of the place. It was a big refurbishment to get it back open but it’s looking stunning and the feedback has been incredible.

“The place looks great but the key thing was to re-capture the same priceless atmosphere and vibe that the previous Slinky’s had. So many people have such fond memories of Slinky’s and it was important for me to try to re-create that magic — that feeling of a cheers bar and a community hub that brings people together.”

Slinky’s hosts a happy hour from 4pm–7pm Monday–Thursday with drinks from Glen Affric and Brimstage Brewery craft ales and wines. They also have live sport and a quiz night every Wednesday. There’s Tapas Thursdays every Thursday evening in collaboration with The Nook and occasional acoustic evenings and events from DJ nights to mini art exhibitions.

Chester and District Standard: Food at Slinky's Food at Slinky's (Image: PR)

Now established for a few months, Simon is planning to evolve the offerings and introduce cheese and charcuterie boards, a new cocktail menu and more events.

Simon said: “Slinky’s is back and back to stay. It’s been a great first few months and now we’ve got ourselves re-established in West Kirby we’ll be looking at developing things and offering more going forward. I’ve come to realise that Slinky’s is much more than just a cafe bar — it’s an institution that people love dearly. I’m going to honour that by making it the best it can be.

“It’s been really heart-warming to see people enjoying this place again, although it’s not just been people from West Kirby. Like the old Slinky’s, we’ve had people travelling from far and wide to come and soak up the atmosphere in here. We need friendly meeting places like this in the community — it’s so important.”