At long last …photos of Finniland!
Many thanks to Ian Bell who kindly sent in these rare photos of Finniland. What was Finniland? Well, erm, it was Hoylake’s very own theme park I suppose.
It was the brain child of local steak house owner Frank Sheridan (I think that was his name) and was located in Grosvenor Road next to Finnigan’s restaurant. I mentioned that old place a few years ago. As I never visited Finniland, all I can remember of my view from the train window was that it was, well, all a bit odd really. Perhaps Frank Sheridan was going for a spooky, macabre kind of vibe with his theme park as it featured birds of prey, blood and skulls.
I never dined at Finnigan’s so I can’t comment on the food. Actually that’s not strictly true. I did, once or twice, frequent the premises for a drink after the pubs had closed. If you paid a £1 at the side door (knock first), which bought you a plate of chips, you could then have a few drinks with your, “meal”. Either the chips or the beer gave me one memorable headache that lasted a couple of days. Just a hunch, but it wasn’t the chips.
Serving food was obviously a way around the licensing laws as the Grape Escape used to do the same thing …75p for a slice of pizza from the mini-kitchen and then you could have a few bottles of beer until closing time at midnight. Same thing at Quattros in West Kirby I think.
Did you visit Finniland? What was it like? Did you get over it? Have your say in the comments below after looking at these (large) photos of the old place: