If you know me, then you’ll know I love my food! When we’re in Blackpool we’ll often travel all over looking for new places to eat. We love the food in nearby St Annes, with Anatolia (open Barbeque Turkish cuisine) and the Olive Tree Brasserie (Greek & Mediterranean) being firm favourites of ours and further up in Lytham you’ll also find many more magnificent establishments. Blackpool has its fair share of amazing places to dine too so today i’ll be sharing my top 10 of these....
31 – NOTARIANNI ICE CREAM
No trip to the seaside is complete without an ice cream and you simply won’t find better than from Notarianni's. This beautiful family run business based on Waterloo Road in the south shore has been making good old fashioned vanilla ice cream since 1928 and I seriously cannot tell you how good it is!
You’ll be spoilt for choice as the ice cream is served up every way imaginable from traditional cones and tubs to classic sundaes such as Knickerbocker glories, Banana splits and their very own ‘Notties Mess’. Order your ice cream from the takeaway and take it down to the beach on a nice day or have a seat in their ice cream parlour where you’ll find a whole selection of sundaes, coffees, drinks, cakes and sandwiches.
Notarianni’s is completely retro in the most charming and delightful way, it’s always somewhere we head for as soon as we arrive in Blackpool!
32 – THE COTTAGE
If you’re looking for fish & chips then make sure a visit to The Cottage is on your agenda. The Cottage features in Rick Stein’s ‘Seafood Lovers Guide’ as the best fish & chips in Blackpool and seeing as he's the king of fish, i'm going to trust his words!
The menu is traditional and simple but the food is fantastic and portions are generous! All of their fish is fished from sustainable stocks in British waters. Fresh Scottish haddock is brought by road from Aberdeen daily and all of their other varieties of fish are purchased daily at the nearby Fleetwood fish market.
Situated on Newhouse Road near Stanley Park, The Cottage has both a takeaway and a restaurant area. We’ve only ever had takeaway from there but the restaurant looks super cosy and they are bizarrely proud of the many celebrities who have dined there with framed photographs of everyone from Lenny Henry to Status Quo adorning the walls!
33 – BEACH HOUSE BISTRO & BAR
The Beach House is situated in the iconic Festival House on the promenade and has the luxury of breathtaking views of the Irish Sea. A beautiful and relatively new place to eat, this venue is famous for its contemporary decor, great entertainment and delicious food.
Every Thursday to Sunday you can enjoy fabulous entertainment from in house musicians and the menu is a real treat serving everything from pizzas and pastas to steak, chicken and fish dishes all cooked to perfection. The outdoor seating is perfect on a warm day and don’t forget to try a cocktail whilst you’re there!
34 – TIGER BILLS
Tiger Bills have a few restaurants dotted around the UK and their latest venue opened this year in the historic casino building at the entrance of the Pleasure Beach. The menu is hugely varied.... choose from the Western Grill or the Authentic Thai menu or mix and match if you can’t decide!
Tiger Bills Blackpool is also partnered by the Apple and Parrot bar a little further down the promenade so after your meal, why not enjoy an evening of live music whilst enjoying a drink (or few!)?
Look out for special offers on the website too such as the 2 course lunch offer for just £8.95.
35 – THE BLUES BAR & BRASSERIE
The Blues Bar is housed in the gorgeous Big Blue Hotel and dining here is simply a wonderful experience! The restaurant was recently voted ‘Hotel Restaurant of the Year’ at the Blackpool Tourism Awards and it’s not hard to see why. The food is absolutely superb and made with fresh, local produce whether you’re visiting for lunch, afternoon tea or a delicious gourmet evening meal. There’s also a fabulous cocktail menu and the children’s menu includes an incredibly fun ‘make your own pizza’ option!
If you’re staying at the Big Blue Hotel too then you’re in for a real treat with breakfast!
36 – TOAST CAFE BAR & GRILL
Toast is one of our favourite places to have lunch when we’re in Blackpool but they also have an amazing evening menu. There are two Toast venues, one in nearby St Annes and the other in Blackpool town centre near the North Pier. You are really spoilt for choice with their menu, it’s huge and varied and there’s certainly something to please everyone! From pastas and pizzas to full Sunday roasts, all of the food is created fresh to order using high-quality ingredients and locally sourced fresh produce from within Lancashire and the surrounding areas. Also, the interior of the restaurant is contemporary and chic yet totally relaxed! A lovely place to dine no matter what time of day!
37 – SAPORI
Sapori is the place to go if you’re looking for delicious modern Italian cuisine. Yet another award winning establishment, you’ll find Sapori on Clifton Street in the town centre. Fantastically located for enjoying a beautiful meal before a great night out!
The Sapori menu is again varied with everything on offer from pizzas and oven baked pastas to a wide range of innovative dishes and delicious desserts.
38 – ROWLEY’S AT BLACKPOOL FC HOTEL
Rowley’s Bistro offers guests a modern British menu using some of the best local and regional produce with some international twists and always "big hearty flavours". If you’re looking for somewhere a little bit special based in a exceptional venue with unique views of the stadium then pop this one on your list. Dining here is a magnificent experience yet surprisingly affordable and you’ll be spoilt for choice with the a la carte menu (and anywhere that serves proper bread & butter pudding is excellent in my books!).
39 – MICHAEL WAN’S MANDARIN
Yet another award winning restaurant, Michael Wan’s Mandarin has been voted the third best Chinese restaurant in the UK. The food is traditional and authentic and the venue decor is beautiful. Choose from a mouth watering selection of menus including a special ‘pre-theatre & midweek menu’ which is available Sunday to Thursday before 7pm, Fri & Sat before 6.30pm. There is also a fabulous ‘Little Panda’ menu for kids and the restaurant even offer a selection of incredible cookery classes and a comprehensive calendar of live music and entertainment so do check their website for more details!
40 – HARRY RAMSDEN’S
I’m adding this one for its premium seafront location beside the Blackpool Tower. Harry Ramsden’s is of course famous worldwide for its fish & chips. The Blackpool restaurant has had a fantastic contemporary makeover recently providing both indoor and outdoor seating with awesome views of the promenade. The menu is widely varied and serves a whole lot more than just fish & chips including a variety of burgers, salads and a selection of yummy desserts.
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Part five coming soon!
Part five coming soon!