Blackpool Pier                                                             Saddle Inn                                                           Ramsden Arms  

Some time ago, a good number of us stayed in Blackpool the night before a football match there and, as has been the way for a number of years,  I had devised a plan of pub visits. Anyhow, there was a particular pub in the Good Beer Guide that promised to be a very appropriate place for us to imbibe in. It was a fair walk northwards along the front and, sadly, we found it was closed for refurbishment when we arrived. It took a while for me to live this down; it doesn't appear to be a CAMRA favourite anymore, and I didn't keep notes in those days, so where can I recommend? 

Blackpool isn't the best place to visit if you like your real ales, of course there are a number of establishments that can provide a number of average real ales that are available in pubco establishments all over the country, and there are at least 2 Wetherspoons. But there are a couple of other pubs that are worth a visit, first, the Saddle Inn, 286 Whitegate Drive FY3 9PH (01253 767827) which opens at 10.30 every day, except Sundays when it opens at noon. This is the oldest pub in Blackpool, established in 1770, and has a large outside patio area. Food is served all day, and up to 6 ales are on sale; regulars including draught Bass, and guest ales are usually from local breweries. A short walk away from the centre, but well worth the visit. 

More central is the Ramsden Arms, 204 Talbot Road FY1 3AZ (01253 291713), which also opens at 10.30 each day, but noon on Sundays. This is close by Blackpool North station and has a mock Tudor front. 3 real ales are available, including Fullers London pride as a regular, and 2 guests. Bar snacks are available all day, and there are 2 snooker tables and sport-showing televisions. 

Nearer to the ground, and one of the 'spoons that is well worth a visit, is The Auctioneer, 235-237 Lytham Road FY1 6ET (01253 346412), which has been in the Good Beer Guide for a good few years now. Like all 'spoons, it opens early for breakfasts (08.00), but don't expect alcohol that early, reasonably priced food and drinks, as ever, and I have to own up to enjoying some decent ales here before going to a match. 

As I often say, I would be very grateful for any feedback, and updates or details of other pubs worth a visit for real ale drinkers. Even if they don't make it onto this page, they will probably be mentioned on my blog, with due credit, cheers!