Hoylake and Meols are neighbouring towns on the northern coast of the Wirral, looking out onto the stunning waves of the distant Irish Sea.
Just a few minutes’ drive from the affluent suburb of West Kirby, Hoylake and Meols have the same homely feel, but also offer some lower-priced properties where you can get more for your money. It is also home to Stanley Road which is a very sought-after location for people looking for high-end properties. The road has got a real mix of styles, from apartments right up to big 7 bed detached homes. It is because of the coveted mix of a good area and lower house prices that Hoylake and Meols attracts families looking to settle down.
Despite Meols being a much quieter character than Hoylake, the two complement each other well, offering the perfect pairing of quiet suburban roads and a thriving bar and restaurant scene. Over the past few years, a number of trendy wine bars and restaurants have popped up across the town, much to the delight of residents.
1The name ‘Meols’ is derived from Old Norse, or Viking, for ‘Melr’ or ‘Sand Dunes’ 2Clifford Williams, the bassist for AC/DC, was just 12 years old when his family moved to Hoylake. The Merseybeat craze was said to have influence Williams to become a rock musician.3An old clinker-built boat was discovered under the car park of The Railway Inn based in Meols Clinker-designed boats were a popular method of boat-building in Viking times. However, as it is buried under layers of clay, until it is excavated it is impossible to date the object. 4In 1690, William of Orange and his 10,000-strong army, set sail from Hoylake to travel to the Battle of the Boyne. Hoylake was then known as ‘High-Lake’ and the area where the King departed from is still known as ‘King’s Gap’.5The coastline of the Wirral has changed throughout thousands of years of history. There was once a large forest at Dove Point in Meols until it started to be submerged by the River Dee. Until 1982, parts of the submerged forest could still be seen in Meols, including tree stumps.
Lifestyle & Activities
Similarly, to its Wirral neighbours, the residents of Hoylake and Meols take full advantage of their coastal home, with a focus on alfresco activities for locals to get involved in.
Hoylake Promenade is a popular place for locals to walk along, enjoy the refreshing beach air and views across to Hilbre Islands. With Hoylake’s prime location at the mouth of the River Dee, it is the perfect spot to catch a glimpse of the local wildlife, including many birds who flock there to feed on the river banks. The Red Rocks Marsh is also a popular place for residents to walk their dogs, with a vast beach area that is perfect for dogs to roam and explore. It is listed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the sand dune systems and reedbed, as well as recording migrant birds and breeding sites.
With its close proximity to the river, Hoylake has always had a close link with the water and is home to one of the oldest Royal National Lifeboat Institutions in the country. It is with volunteers from the community that Hoylake Lifeboat Station has been able to help those in danger at sea. Locals are encouraged to volunteer and they usually host an annual Open Day in the summer to give guests a glimpse into the life of a lifeboat volunteer.
The Royal Liverpool Golf Club is a popular place to play for those who enjoy a game of golf, in the most stunning of settings. Host to the 2014 Open, the course is a sought-after place to play, with guests stepping in the footsteps of world-famous professionals such as Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods. Guests are able to pay for an individual session and weekend sessions or apply for an annual membership to the club.
There is also Hoylake Municipal Golf Club, this is an 18 hole course which is a combination of a parkland and links course with ditches and water hazards for added difficulty.
For those who enjoy playing tennis, the Hoylake Lawn Tennis Club offers the perfect location for some good old-fashioned competition. Take advantage of the coaching team and sign up for lessons with talented players. Also, with a junior coaching team, it is a great extracurricular activity to enrol children in.
For those who are looking for a church school to educate their children, Hoylake and Meols have several great options.
With ‘Academy’ status, Our Lady of Pity Roman Catholic Primary School has a slightly different curriculum to other schools in the area. The focus is on children learning through real-life context and using stories to educate the children in a way that permeates their mind. Teachers have developed “Curriculum Stories” which allows the subjects of education to flow together, supporting the children’s overall learning experience.
The education at the Hoylake Holy Trinity Church of England Primary is underpinned by core Christian values. In its most recent Ofsted report, the school receiving an overall rating of ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ marks in Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare.
Kingsmead School offers independent and private education for children from the ages of two years old until sixteen years old. The school is continuously praised by independent inspectors, citing excellent behaviour and an outstanding level of pastoral care. The core focus is on the happiness of the students and with an excellent level of education, students are regularly featured at the top both regionally and nationally.
Bars & Restaurants
The Quadrant is a very unique place, for its owners are two of the former Chefs when the restaurant was known as The Portrait House. It is with experience of the restaurant, local area and understanding of what the locals want, that sparked the idea of a new restaurant. The two combined forces to create The Quadrant and it is now one of the most loved restaurants in the area, with Head Chef, Adam, lending his experience and skills to the plates that delight the customers at the restaurant.
Address - The Quadrant, 5-6 The Quadrant, Hoylake, Wirral, CH47 2EE
After having enjoyed a brisk walk along Hoylake Beach, the Rosie Lea Tea Room is a small haven for those looking to enjoy a taste of the traditionally British afternoon tea. It may be small, but with a picturesque window and quaint chairs and tables outside, the warmth of Rosie Lea’s is enchanting to passers-by. With loose-leaf teas served alongside homemade cakes, this is a place to enjoy meeting and schmoozing with friends. For those who may be more inclined to savoury items, Rosie Lea's also do a delicious array of breakfast and light lunch options too!
As culinary adventurous as some diners may be, there is nothing quite like enjoying a familiar British dish that evokes memories and feelings of home. As a husband and wife run business, Julian’s has perfected the art of hosting and catering for many years, with Head Chef and Co-owner Julian Davies starting his career at The Chester Grosvenor where he worked for 14 years.
Considered to be one of the finest restaurants on the Wirral, the kitchen uses local ingredients to create beautiful dishes, some familiar British classics. Some inspired by Julian's experience of French, Italian and African cuisine. With a separate menu for vegans and vegetarians, Julian’s is a great place to meet with friends, colleagues and family. With a market menu and set menu running special offers throughout the week, including a special wine offer on Tuesday, for newbies in the area, Julian’s will definitely become a favourite local haunt.