I will be in Southport in early may, spending time with someone with mobility as well as dietary issues. Would appreciate any advice on gluten-free restaurants (in Southport proper/downtown), where they actually understand the principles and we would have confidence in the product. Anyone can make a jacket potato and put it on the menu as GF for example. Casual atmosphere is probably best, and considering mobility issues, somewhere wheelchair-friendly or with limited stairs. Trattoria 51 seems to be one idea?
Also, what kind of activities would you suggest for someone with mobility issues? Someone who may not get out to explore his town often as a result of mobility challenges, or alternatively, may have seen everything there is to see? I am hoping that most places will be relatively barrier free and easy to access (smooth paths etc.). We will have a hired car, therefore are open to travelling an hour or so for an excursion.
And for us, when not visiting family, my partner and I are in our 30's so will want to explore a bit. We like our music and local flavour, so pub visits are a must, and maybe something outdoors - a hike if possible. We have enjoyed meals at the Barking Frog on previous visits so look forward to more! Really, we are looking forward to getting away from our snowy Canadian winter.