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The York Hotel

Morecambe:

On the edge of town, right next to the railway, this is, again, technically a hotel, but doesn’t serve food, just providing rooms. Outside, it’s a fair-sized stone hotel building, inside, it’s a traditional pub, quite big, and recently refurbished in a pubco kind of way. Friendly staff, good beer, and bargain-priced stay if you don’t mind having to eat out and a 5min walk to town.

The Morecambe Hotel

Morecambe:

Some discussion over if this was a pub or not, and we decided it just scraped it: It *is* a hotel, and even the pub bit feels a bit restauranty, but there *is* a drinking area at the front, which is more can be said for some so-called pubs. It’s very, very gastropub inside- modern, stripped floors etc, but evidently a lot of money has been spent inside and out. Great beer, staff pleasant enough, but we felt a bit pounced-on by the staff all clustered around the bar when we walked in. I think they’re more expecting diners.

The Kings Arms

Morecambe:

Big seafront pub- a huge space downstairs, open plan, and almost as large in the sports bar upstairs. Not my perfect kind of pub, but it does the family feedbag thing quite well (though we didn’t eat) downstairs, and keeps the loud TVs and shouting upstairs, which seems good to me. Staff friendly, beer not bad at all (and well priced), and there’s a good amount of seafront outside seating, which suited us on a sunny day.

The Eric Bartholomew

Morecambe:

Morecambe’s spoons. I don’t think we caught it at a good time, mid afternoon on a sunny bank holiday, but this was the grimmest pub of our holiday. It got off to a bad start with only dark ales on offer- in summer, compounded it by the usual spoons trick of making the toilets a considerable hike, added to it again by not allowing us to take our drinks outside (so why provide fucking tables?), and finished it off with the typical food detritus, sticky table, and noisy children combo that can affect a Wetherspoons all too often. We left, quickly, for the seafront pubs and a pint in relative peace.

The Hest Bank Inn

Hest Bank, near Morecambe:

We had a walk up here, for beer in the sunshine in the beer garden. It’s a very attractive canalside pub, with slightly posh pub food (very good, and not pretentious) and great beer in good condition. The aforementioned beer garden was lovely too: in fact, this was a very nice pub indeed. They’ve kept the balance between pub and restaurant, with a proper bar with no dining tables in one area.

The Royal Bar & Hotel

Morecambe:

Seafront Hotel, but the bias here is pub over hotel- walk in and it feels like a traditional pub (with some lovely tiling- what remains of the original interior has been restored). It’s in the CAMRA good beer guide, deservedly so- several ales, all in good condition. There’s seafront outside space, friendly staff, good pricing, and a CAMRA discount. Food too, and rooms to stay in upstairs, though I can’t comment on either.

The Pier Hotel

Morecambe:

Large seafront pub- inside it’s pretty normal seaside town pub- pub food, karaoke or a singer. Beer was OK- only one ale, and not to my taste, but in good condition. Staff friendly and helpful (getting me a local taxi number), and overall a pleasant experience. Customers more towards the older side- middle-aged upwards- and the entertainment is skewed that way too.