Culture surrounds you everywhere in Blackpool, even whilst you're eating and drinking! Here are our hot picks for a cultural refreshment pit-stop.
Bootleg Social, as it is now known was set up by three local boys who also had a soft spot for this place and wanted to do their bit for Blackpool’s alternative scene. Literally underground, it has been furnished beautifully, comfortably, yet simply and with a great range of drinks on tap plus a fancy burgers and pizza style menu, it makes for a relaxing place to hang out. Bootleg hosts DJs, live bands and a range of other evenings from cult and classic film nights to yoga set to live musical beats - the owners are open to helping local creatives to find their own home from home here.
The Beach House
An independent family run business that sits on the right side of the tram tracks next to the Comedy Carpet, the Beach House is set in an iconic building on the beach front. Boasting great views of the sea, it offers a stylish interior with a chic and contemporary atmosphere often including at-table magical entertainment or live music sets.
The Beach House has become the go-to place for the cool kids. Offering cocktails, tapas and a la carte menu, all dishes are freshly made in-house. The location of this venue makes it perfect for sizzling summer days in the sun and chilly autumn nights during the World Championship Fireworks Competition.
There’s nothing more British than fish and chips at the seaside, and in Blackpool, even the rich and famous dine out on it! Built in 1856, The Cottage is home to one of Blackpool's most famous fish and chip shop. It's not only famous for its quality fresh fish and delicious home cut chips, but it is also favoured by the famous! The Cottage not only features in Rick Stein's 'Seafood Lovers Guide' as the best fish and chips in Blackpool, step inside and the you’ll find the restaurant walls are covered in pictures of celebrities such as Dawn French, Bobby Ball and Status Quo who have all enjoyed this seaside tradition.
Notarianni’s Ice-Cream Parlour
Luigi Notarianni was born into a large family in a small village in Southern Italy at the start of the 20th century. Like so many others plagued by poverty, he and his wife Messalina decided to emigrate. Around 1928, they had managed to save enough money to open up their very own ice cream parlour.
Since then, Notarianni’s Ice-Cream Parlour have been freshly making, freezing and serving ice cream the same way they always have; using whole milk from a local farm, to their own original recipe. Thousands who travel for just one scoop of this famour vanilla ice-cream report a taste that reminds people of their childhood and of simpler times.
The oldest chip shop in Blackpool (established in 1905), Yorkshire Fisheries is frequented by locals and tourists alike, many of whom came when they were young and now return with children or grandchildren.
It is not simply longevity that has secured their reputation as the best chippy around though. Yorkshire Fisheries pride themselves on using fresh, seasonal ingredients as well as responsibly sourced fish; cooking everything to order; and offering a menu with a twist on the traditional.