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The Queen Victoria

LLandudno:

I’d been here before, but before PubBlog existed.

We’d been on a trip round the Orme. and this was the first pub we came to. It’s a traditional pub, with a restaurant upstairs- but you can eat in the bar too. Wine was fine, but my Pedigree was off- but it was changed without question, so no problem there. Despite it being October in Wales, we sat outside. Staff were friendly, and when we returned later in the week, the food was excellent too- but very popular, so it gets busy.

The Punch Bowl

Cleethorpes:

On the North Promenade, so a bit away from the pier. This is a standard pub downstairs, and a function room (called Lacey’s) up.

Wine was fine, apparently. I’m pretty sure there was ale, but as I was driving, it went untested. Food was very good and great value, staff were pleasant, radio was on but not too loud, good seafront location- a little way north from the centre but right on the front.

The Admiral Benbow

Chapel St Leonards, Lincs:

Actually on the promenade, this is a real surprise: it’s a beachfront bar with a traditionalish but maritime-themed interior, and an outside area on the beach that is built to resemble a ship, along with clever outside benches with a drink tray built into the railing.

There’s a choice of real ale, food at times (sadly not when we visited), pleasant staff, and a view over the beach and out to the wind farm off the coast.

The Beach Bar

Sutton-on-Sea, Lincs:

Right on the prom, overlooking the paddling pool and town on one side, and the sea on another. There’s an enclosed (perhaps too enclosed, legally?) smoking area, and outside benches. They serve food, but only at weekends, I think.

We visited three times: the first visit wouldn’t have qualifiied as we walked out; football was on the TV, loud, and the place was crowded with shouting, braying fans.

We gave it another try, and it was worth it: the seating outside is nice in the sun, and the Pedigree was excellent (often a problem anywhere that isn’t Burton-on-Trent).

The Bispham Hotel

Bispham, Blackpool:

The only ale I got on our Blackpool trip. Some way north of the main attractions, but very near a tram stop, this is a lovely thirties pub, with some great features, owned by the Samuel Smith’s chain. I’d class the exterior as a bit more Arts and Crafts than Art Deco, but the inside has strong Art Deco touches.

There’s no music, no TVs, and no kids :-). Added to that, the prices are stunning: a pint of bitter and a half of cider came to £3.27, little more than the pint alone would cost in many places, and not much of an increase over a visit to a Sam Smith’s pub in 2008.