All hail the Hall Ale

 March 19, 2015

  CHEERS to big-hearted Lytham Brewery for creating an anniversary ale that has given a big Lytham_Hallfundraising boost to Lytham Hall.

 The toast was to 1764!

 For that’s the year that Lytham Hall’s Georgian façade was built – and it was also the name of the highly successful hand-pulled ale – brewed to celebrate the mansion’s 250th birthday.

 The beer proved to be a best seller across the Fylde, Lancashire and beyond last summer – with some 7,000 pints of Lytham Hall 1764 sunk at pubs, clubs and beer festivals.

 And as the big-hearted brewery generously pledged to donate £5 for every one of the barrels sold, that meant that director James Booker was recently able to hand over a bumper £500 cheque for Hall renovation funds.

 The micro-brewery, based in Lord Street, St Annes, also donated firkins of the beer to  the Hall’s popular café – meaning that the full price of a pint sold on the premises  could go  to hall repairs – amounting to a further £1,000.

  James said: “ The beer proved very popular Hall’s official birthday celebrations and CAMRA also All hail the hall with anniversary ale!featured it at their Beer Festival at Lowther Pavilion, Lytham. We were only too happy to help such a worthy cause.”

   Hall Activity Plan Officer Marianne Blaauboer who accepted the brewery cheque, added : “When we approached Lytham Brewery with the idea of an ale to celebrate 250 years since finishing the Georgian hall, we didn’t think it would be such a success. The beer was absolutely delicious and we felt very proud to see it on sale in regional pubs.”

 The special ale undoubtedly increased Lytham Hall ’s profile – with work set to start in earnest on the interior and exterior of the hall as part of a  £5.9m restoration project  later this year. Visitors have already seen a huge difference in the historic parkland with extensive work on the woodlands, gardens and Mount.

 John Miller, Chief Executive of Heritage Trust for the North West, the charity managing Lytham Hall, concluded: “With local businesses such as Lytham Brewery taking an interest in the preservation and restoration of Lytham Hall, we know the future of the Hall is looking bright. We welcome any other business who has an idea of supporting the Hall in the coming years and thank Lytham Brewery for their fantastic gesture.”

Blackpool superpub is open for business

Opening of the new JD Wetherspoons pub The Velvet Coaster on New South Promenade. Pictured L-R are Brian Rose, Alan Haynes and mayor Val Haynes with manager Becki White.

The Mayor was on hand to call opening time on Blackpool’s newest boozer – one of the biggest anywhere in the UK.

Wetherspoons’ Velvet Coaster, named after an early ride at the Pleasure Beach, threw open the doors to welcome the first customers to the £3.86m purpose-built superpub.

 The glass and steel building, with three floors and a roof terrace beer garden was described as a brilliant new asset for the resort.
 Decorated inside with Blackpool theatre posters, a huge wickerwork sculpture of a circus strongman, and a timeline of Blackpool’s history running along the inside of its front wall, the pub was given the thumbs-up by its first day customers.
 The investment, on the former site of the Lucky Star amusements arcade, has created up to 160 jobs for local people.

Blackpool Mayor Coun Val Haynes said she was impressed with the quality of build of the pub.

She said: “It is amazing, absolutely fantastic.

“This is exactly the sort of investment Blackpool needs.

“The roof garden with the glass panels around it to shelter customers is great, and will be fantastic in summer.

“We wish Wetherspoons every success. It is a brilliant asset to the resort and the firm has brought a tremendous amount of investment to Blackpool over the years.”

The pub will be open from 8am until midnight seven days a week, which means a large number of staff will be needed to cover shifts behind the bar and in the kitchen, resulting in bumper job opportunities.

Pub general manager Becki White said: “Learning everyone’s name is quite a challenge! This must be the biggest Wetherspoons pub in the country, and its design is amazing and very exciting to be opening.

“We have amazing facilities including an all singing all dancing disabled toilet facilities with a nursing bench and a hoist. Every floor is different and we have a great selection of craft ales including local ones.

“We will be having beers from the Lytham and Phoenix breweries.

“We do food all day from breakfast right up until 10pm and children are welcome until that time.”

Gail Marsden and her partner Phil Moores, on a short break from Huddersfield, said they were amazed by the size of the pub. Gail said: “I have never seen a pub so big, but at the same time it is quite cosy with all the different sections and the open fire.”

Phil said: “We are here for breakfast and then we will come back tonight. I love the Blackpool theme in the decoration and the seating areas on the roof are great.”


Blackpool set for 160 new jobs at resort pub

An artists impression of the new Wetherspoon’s on South Promenade.
 11:20Thursday 07 May 2015
A total of 160 jobs are to be served up in Blackpool when one of the largest pubs in the country opens its doors.

The Velvet Coaster is due to be opened by the Mayor of Blackpool, Coun Val Haynes, on Tuesday next week after its owners Wetherspoons spent £3.86m on a total reworking of the building.

Formerly the Lucky Star amusement arcade on New South Promenade, the pub, named after an historic ride at the Pleasure Beach by readers of The Gazette, will have three bars over three floors.

It is promising fun-fair themed decor throughout the interior with carpets and a fireplace area having ‘waltzer’ style designs.
Historical photos, details of local history, information relating to events, historical buildings and characters of the area, as well as artwork by local artists, will also be on display.

The pub will be open from 8am until midnight seven days a week, which means a large number of staff will be needed to cover all the shifts and resulting in bumper job opportunities.

Rebecca White, who was previously at Wetherspoons’ The Albert and The Lion, will be manager of the pub.

She said: “Me and my team are looking forward to 
welcoming customers into the pub and we are confident that it will be a great 
addition to the Blackpool community.”

She said the Velvet Coaster will specialise in real ales, as well as craft and world beers, serving a wide range of different draught ales, as well as bottled beers, including those from local and regional brewers.

“It will be open for family dining, with children, accompanied by an adult, welcome in the pub up until 10pm, throughout the week.

“It will also be wheelchair accessible and have a specially-adapted toilet for people with disabilities.”

She said the pub will have a ground floor level beer garden to the front of the premises, where smoking will be permitted in a designated area, as well as a balcony terrace on the first floor and a roof garden and bar.

The name comes from a ride on the Pleasure Beach which dates back to the early 1900s.

Its open carriages, with velvet seats, climbed a white wooden structure before sweeping down humps and around curves on two circuits of the track.

It was rebuilt, in 1933, and was known simply as Roller Coaster, until 2010. It is now named Nickelodeon Streak.

The company already runs three pubs in Blackpool: The Auctioneer in Lytham Road, The Albert and The Lion in Bank Hey Street and The Layton Rakes in Market Street.

Blackpool’s Saddle reins in beer award

Saddle landlord Andy Rodgers (left) accepting the summer pub of the season award from CAMRA branch chairman Paul Smith.
An historic Blackpool watering hole has been voted pub of the season by beer buffs.The Saddle, in Whitegate Drive, has picked up the summer award from Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre CAMRA.

The CAMRA members interrupted a charity race night at The Saddle to present landlord Andy Rogers with the honour.

The Whitegate Drive hostelry was selected by local beer enthusiasts as the best pub for summer, largely for the quality and variety of its beer, but also to recognise the efforts made by the staff and management to promote quality real ale.

Accepting the award from branch chairman Paul Smith, landlord Andy Rodgers thanked the CAMRA members for their support.

He also paid tribute to his staff and regulars for making the pub the success that it is.

Branch publicity officer Russell Cobb said: “The Saddle bar boasts six or seven real ales in extremely good condition.

“It’s a worthy winner and the pub will also be staging another beer festival later in the year.”

The pub is thought to be the oldest in Blackpool, dating from 1776.

At the end of last year it 
underwent a revamp and had extra hand-pumps installed to extend its real ale offer which also now includes locally brewed beers from Lytham and Lancaster.

Meanwhile, the CAMRA team have announced that they will be continuing with the popular autumn beer festival in Lytham.

The Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre branch of CAMRA will be putting on the eighth Lytham Beer & Cider festival at the Lowther Pavilion from October 1 to October 3.

Russell added: “We are, as ever, delighted to be staging the Lytham festival, and we would like to thank the Lowther management for giving us the opportunity to bring quality real ale to the South Fylde once again.

“This will be our eighth festival and we hope there are many more to come.”

The festival will, as usual, feature around 90 real ales plus a selection of ciders and perries, as well as bottled beer from around the world.

Live music will be featured on the Friday and Saturday nights and Russell said more information will be released closer to the date.

Blackpool beer garden revamp creates six new jobs

Len and Barbara Curtis with general manager Jim Craig and children Leah Mason and Cam Simmonite
 11:55Tuesday 07 April 2015
A popular Blackpool pub has reopened after an investment in its beer garden.

Dutton Arms manager Jim Craig and his team on South Promenade welcomed Len Curtis, founder of the Donna’s Dream House charity, to officially reopen the garden on Saturday.

We are aiming to welcome the summer in with a weekend full of activity and make sure we have catered to customers’ every need, ensuring everyone’s enjoyment of the holiday.

Mr Craig said of the refurbishment: “We are really lucky to have such a great garden space here and now we can really make the most of it.

 “We are aiming to welcome the summer in with a weekend full of activity and make sure we have catered to customers’ every need, ensuring everyone’s enjoyment of the holiday.
 “We raised money for Donna’s Dream House over the course of the Bank Holiday, and also decided that kids would eat for free in honour of the charity.”

Donna’s Dream House provides free holiday experiences for children and teenagers with life-threatening illnesses, their families and for recently bereaved siblings and their families.

The event also saw the launch of the Dutton Arms’ new ale, Dutton’s Garden Ale.

Brewed at nearby Lytham Brewery, it is a nod to the pub’s heritage as part of the Duttons Brewery, which built the pub in the early 20th century.

The weekend also showcased the new lighting effects system, new furniture and synthetic grass, as well as an array of shrubs and plants that have been introduced.

And the revamped pub has announced six new jobs have been created.

Easter Bank Holiday marked the start of the Dutton Arms’ summertime opening hours, with the pub welcoming customers in for breakfast at 9am to start the day in style with a range of breakfast dishes from the traditional full English breakfast to poached eggs and bacon, to porridge served with maple syrup or jam.

The pub has also introduced a selection of craft beers.

Fylde’s number one pub set for revamp

Well-known local landlord Steve Norris has taken over at The Taps pub in Lytham. Steve outside the pub. PIC BY ROB LOCK 7-1-2013

Monday 23 March 2015
A six-figure sum is set to be invested in transforming a popular pub according to plans revealed by its landlord.

Brewery Greene King has applied to Fylde Council for planning permission to make major changes to the The Taps pub in Henry Street, Lytham.

The pub, recently named Pub of the Year by the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), is set to re-house its toilet block, create a new side entrance and expand its outdoor seating area.

Pubs’ six-figure revamps

The Saddle Inn manager Andy Rodgers with his staff after the pub’s revamp.

 06:30Wednesday 19 November 2014
Blackpool’s oldest pub has been given a new lease of life while another top watering hole has also had a six figure makeover.

The Saddle Inn, on Whitegate Drive, which dates from around 1776, has reopened after being spruced up to make the most of its historic features.

The pub has had extra hand pumps put in and will serve locally brewed real ales as well as its regular offerings

 It has also retained its two bar rooms with their log fires to retain its traditional pub feel.
 Meanwhile, the Dunes Hotel, in Lytham Road, has received a complete revamp to give it a more modern look.

The £170,000 transformation of the Spirit pub company pub has created six new jobs.

General manager at the Dunes Duncan Woods said: Blackpool is a fantastic town and the Dunes Hotel is at the heart of this community.”

General manager at Stonegate pub company-owned Saddle Inn, Andy Rodgers, said he was delighted with the revamp.

He said: “We have maintained the historic feel to the pub with the refurbishment taking care to breathe new life into existing features and furniture, rather than alter to a modern style.

“The two open fireplaces, which our patrons love, stay, while outside in our garden a pergola with lighting and heating has been installed.

“We are a small, traditional pub and are excited to showcase our new look to our loyal regulars and look forward to welcoming plenty of new customers to The Saddle.”

The Saddle team hosted a VIP reception for customers with complimentary pink bubbly and tasters from the pub’s relaunched menu, served in a buffet.

The pub, on Whitegate Drive, is the longest continuously licensed premises in Blackpool and was said to be owned by Richard Hall, a ‘saddler’.

It is known for its range of cask beers and as part of the refurbishment will now serve locally sourced ales from Lancaster and Lytham breweries as well as award-winning national ales. Two handpull ciders will also be on tap.

Andy added: “The refurbishment is great timing, as we have recently launched our new menu.”

It has extended its food-service hours to offer breakfasts from 10.30am.

Hop-ing to get a head with new brew business!

Raising a glass: Nick Tyndall, Vin Hamer and Declan Cullinane drink to the new venture
 15:00Friday 04 July 2014
Ooh, that’s lovely, pour me another one!

Drinkers raised a glass to the Fylde coast’s newest brewery as The Thatched House threw open the doors to the Chapel Street Brewhouse.

The project at the Poulton pub has been brewing for two-and-a-half years now, led by landlord Vin Hamer, who has run the Ball Street local for more than five years and long held ambitions to have his own brewery.

With help from bosses at Lytham Brewery, that dream has now been realised, seeing tanks installed in a brewery at the back of the premises – visible to regulars from the beer garden and open for all at the launch event on Wednesday evening.
Hundreds of regulars packed into the traditional pub to see the first pint poured and try a drink, or two, themselves.

Landlord Vin Hamer said: “It’s always been a dream of mine to have a brewery.

“This was the missing piece of the perfect pub jigsaw.

“It has been two-and-a-half years in the planning, plotting and designing. In my wildest dreams I didn’t expect anything like this crowd for the launch night.

“This pub will be the cask ale capital of the Fylde coast, now.”

The real ales, a 3.8 per cent Brewhouse Blonde and a 4.1 per cent Brewhouse Gold, had the seal of approval from drinkers – young and old, men and women.

And even those who aren’t fans of real ale can try its taste, with nearby Doodles Poulton Chippy, also on Ball Street, using the brew for its beer battered fish and chips recipe.

Regular Colin Clark, 58, from Blackpool, said: “Both ales are lovely, I think they’ll both be big sellers.”

And Jane Lynch, 42, from Poulton, usually a red wine fan, added: “It’s very nice, the Blonde. The Thatched has always been a traditional pub and renowned for doing a range of ales, so it’s nice they can do their own now, it’s quite unique. And it’s great for the town to have something new, too.”

Matt Mustow, 26, from Poulton, said: “I was a bit unsure with it being their first ale but it’s really good. This can only bring more people into the pub because it’s the only place that’s got it. It’ll enhance the reputation of the pub and of Poulton, too.”

The brewhouse now has the capacity to produce four barrels of real ale at a time, each with 144 gallons in, or 1,152 pints, and can put this out twice a week.

Bosses say around 50 per cent of the pub’s business comes from cask ale sales and the added appeal of a pub’s own brew, it is hoped, will only add to that.

“It’s a passion for a lot of our customers,” said Mr Hamer.

Raymond Jackson, a regional director for the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) added: “This is a great asset for the local branch of CAMRA and the pub scene on the Fylde coast.”

World Cup 2014


Lytham Hall’s 250th anniversary.

Something’s brewing ahead of Lytham Hall’s 250th anniversary.

The Grade I listed building is planning to serve up a special ale to celebrate its milestone anniversary.

After looking back to when it was built in Georgian times, Hall chiefs have teamed up with Lytham Brewery to product an ale fit to toast the special day.

Lytham Hall was completed in 1764, incorporating the remains of an early 17th Century manor a
nd original Benedictine Priory.

Every pint of ‘Lytham Hall 1764’ purchased will go towards the £5.9m restoration of the Hall off Ballam Road,
with the brewery donating the barrels of beer to the Hall’s cafe.

IMG_5241And an additional £5 per cask is being given by the brewery to the Hall for each of the 100 or more firkins of beer

sold to the Fylde coast’s licensed venues. Some 7,000 pints of the brew will be available in time for Father’s Day
celebrations on June 15 and Lytham Club Day on June 28.

Hall boss Marianne Blaauboer said: “Lytham Brewery really cares about the history and heritage of Lytham and is helping us to look after Lytham Hall.”

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