Not a restuarant but a good tip anyway. Choose a busy fish and chip shop because if its busy it would seem to be a good one. Make sure you get a plastic fork and ask for the chips to be "eaten now". Find a bench or the sea wall and sit and enjoy you dinner, supper, or lunch from the paper its wrapped in. emmmmmmmmmm yummy.
This is a small modern cafe just inside Red Bank Road opposite Bispham tram station. There are more tables inside than outside but we sat at one of the tables on the forecourt and enjoyed the autumn sun watching the trams go by and the general hustle and bustle of this busy shopping street.
This is an upmarket cafe - the others around it are mainly fish and chip style cafes - and this is for ladies who lunch or people who like me who like an English cafe to be like an English cafe should be - cafes like this should set the standard.
The waitress coped well by herself mid morning and was pleasant and friendly. The menu is varied but concentrates on tea and coffee with the most amazing pastries - my vanilla slice was the biggest I had ever seen. A man walked by and said it should have a health warning attached to it. My partners strawberry ice cream was also huge and beautifully presented.
We walked into the restaurant which had a nice clean lines that gave an air of understated elegance. The table was beautifully presented with chopsticks at each place setting which rested on tiny ceramic fish. The napkins were intricately folded as well. A most pleasant environment to say the least. Until...................a large group of 20 something's all tarted up for a night on the town, burst through the doors and in a matter of seconds with their loud voices and exuberance turned a nice quiet meal into an eye rolling, suppressed giggles kind of meal.
This gave Kit Kat a lot of new material to work with. The one most glaring thing was to hear one of the members of the party exclaim to a young man from Minnesota, US in her best imitation of a "Valley girl." "Oh wow, like you are from the US?" Now the funny thing here is that Minnesota is nowhere near the San Fernando Valley where I grew up and coupled with her Blackpool accent it was nearly virtually impossible for me to keep a straight face. But decency prevailed on my part and I kept my "Valley Girl" to myself.
So if you are ever in Blackpool try this restaurant, who knows maybe the girls will be there again for another celebration!
Favorite Dish: We had a feast of dishes ranging from sweet and sour pork to prawns and soft noodles. All the food was quite decent but what I liked best was the sweet and sour pork was not drenched in sauce rather it was served on the side to allow the diner to control how much sauce you needed.
It struck me odd though, in a country where tea is the national beverage (or so it seems) we never were offered the pot of green tea that usually accompanies every Chinese meal in the US.
Wonderful white ice cream, made here by the same family for many years, this place is always busy, and the ice cream is always the best !
Favorite Dish: a nougat wafer..........one ordinary biscuit and one mallow filled one, with lots of ice cream sandwiched between them
Pablo's is well situated opposite the South Pier. The portions were massive and it was the most tasty fish an chips I've ever had. I'll definitely be returning. it was even great for vegetairans - lods of veggie options
Favorite Dish: The Pablo's special
Long established restaurant serving homemade breads,scones,pies ,gigantic sweets and of course fish & chips.
Restaurant is very clean & well decorated,you order at the counter,receive your drinks and the food is delivered to your table,you collect your utensils & sauce yourself which keeps the cost down.
The cost is what you pay in most of the Blackpool area restaurants but the quality is far superior.
Favorite Dish: Steak Pies & Puddings,filled ,i mean filled with tender steak,great flavour too!
The giant toasted teacakes & giant scones are outstanding too!
Go for one of the proper fish & chip shops that you'll catch a glimpse of as your walking along the Prom.
The best ones usually have an eat in facility attached to them.
I never seem to be able to find the same one that I used last year twice, so I'm not sure what their names are.
Give the seedy booths that are right on the road side a miss - their product, cleanliness and prices are questionable.
Favorite Dish: Fish & chips.
Our favorite restaurant outside Winter Garden was this one. Good food, reasonable price, the only problem was... to get a table. Maybe because of the many clients, the service was a little bit slow.
Favorite Dish: Good pizza
I have very bad idea about english food, and after a (obviously to forget) snack in MacDonald's in our arrival night, our first lunch was in this restaurant. maybe because the expectations were low, maybe bacause they are really good, I enjoyed the meal. The food looked tipically british, but... with taste! Well done, well served, the roasted beef was totally aproved.
A pleasant surprise!
The place was nice with a small esplanade under the cold but bright sun, and the ladies decided to risk it for a coffee. For a Portuguese it is hard to find a good coffee outside Portuguese or Italian restaurants, and we didn't find "our" coffee there. However, it was a reasonable drink, and the ladies really appreciated the pastries they ate with the coffee. A positive impression.
I hate fast-food, that well tasting poison that fools our children. I accept a pizza now and then, but that is as far as I can go.
Mac Donald is fast-food icon and I banned it. However, travelling with young people, sometimes with a tight schedule, it may be impossible to resist.
TWICE! Twice I had to go there! The first to "eat something" late in the night (I had a tasteful milk shake with cement - I mean ice cream) and the other one for lunch (fried chicken).
I survived, and the allergic bubbles in the fingers that I had to dip in the french fries package have disappeared (forgive them, grand grand father, the fork was really your greatest invention!)
The restaurant is situated outside of Blackpool and can be reached easily by taxi for around £7-8.00 GBP.
I would throughly recommend it as it's a fabulous restaurant to dine in with friends, family. It's a little pricey than other restuarants in Blackpool, but every penny worth it.
A starter, main course with several bottles of wine and a cocktail was approx £30.00GBP a head. Excellent value for sucha wonderful meal and excellent service.
The restaurant boasts a cocktail bar upstairs, with a seating area. As the restaurant is non-smoking this bar is perfect for any smokers on your table.
The resturant caters for everyone, including Vegetarian, fish and meat eaters and you will not be disappointed by the menu.
Portofino's is loocated over two floors, downstairs for Pizza and Pasta Dishes and upstairs for the Al La Carte.
The service in this restaurant is first class and I would recommend sitting upstairs as it's less hectic and noisy than downstairs.
The food was sensational, great standard and well portioned.
The restaurant does get very busy and I would recommend pre-booking in advance. I booked a table three weeks before my trip and I was not disappointed.
Harry Ramsdens is Englands best known fish and chip shop and it was some years since I had visited one and as we were passing one in the rain we went in mainly to keep dry.
The cafe is large and was full on a wet Sunday lunchtime in early October. The noise levels were horrendous and the clientelle mixed - bored children were offered colouring books and crayons but service was slow and there is little ambience as the tables are packed in as tightly as possible and actually getting to a seat is difficult as you have to ask the person behind you to pull their chair in.
The food is OK - the fish are small but of good quality and chips are unlimited - you can ask for top ups of chips if you want more. The website link has details of the menu but it is mainly fish and chips which is of course why Harry Ramsdens exisits.
The bill for two with no desert and no drinks apart from the tea included in the price of the meal was just under £20.00.
Fine but getting jaded and the firm cannot rest on past reputation.
Due to the rain the photo is from the internet.
Located inside Winter Gardens, with good presentation and during a large event, I was expecting this restaurant to be expensive, slow and confuse in service.
What a great surprise - the service was efficient (well, almost allways...), gentle, the food excellent, and the price reasonable.
All these qualities made Empress "our" restaurant in Blackpool, having there at least half of our meals.
The menu is not very large, what may turn the food very repetitive, but for isolated or only a few meals it's perfect.
Favorite Dish: All kind of risottos