No matter which one of our Blackpool hotels you’re staying in, you won’t be far away from some great fish and chips. But foodies will be pleased to hear that they don’t have to leave town to find locally-sourced, well-presented food. Many Blackpool restaurants put Lancashire ingredients at the heart of their menus, while the town’s farmer’s markets are a great way to sample some of the best of the region’s food, at just a fraction of the price. And while Blackpool may be famous for its jugs of tea you take to the beach, it doesn’t disappoint in terms of cafe culture, either. From massive fry-ups to posh cheese on toast, the brunch scene here is legendary.
From the best fish and chips in town to one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in the UK, we’ve handpicked the best eateries in Blackpool.
One of the finest fish and chip shops in Blackpool can be found on Topping Street. Yorkshire Fisheries has the freshest local catches, cooked to order in a light batter - no wonder it’s always packed full of hungry locals. Can’t face queuing? Another option nearby is Cedar Square’s Piazza Italia for remarkably authentic Italian fare and vino.
One of Blackpool’s most popular restaurants is on Clifton Street, just a few streets away from the Blackpool Tower. Michael Wan’s Mandarin was voted the third most popular Chinese restaurant on TripAdvisor in 2015 - and it’s easy to see why people love it. The atmosphere is as warm as the decor is bright and colourful, while the food is a blend of Cantonese flavours and western dishes. Most popular is the Gu Loh - a sweet and sour dish made with chicken, prawn or veg.
Searching for a hidden gem? A trip to McHalls Bistro on Lord Street is a must. Don’t be fooled by the nondescript exterior. Once inside, you’ll find out why it wins such rave reviews from tourists and locals alike. Exceptional service, a homely decor, a menu which caters from everybody from vegetarians to coeliacs - and the fact that everything is homemade, down to the bread and the ice cream. It’s so popular that reserving a table is a must.
Steaming, aromatic coffees, buttery pastries and posh cheese on toast are just some of the delights on offer at these Blackpool brunch spots.
Staying in our Premier Inn hotel near Blackpool Zoo? A short stroll through the lush greenery of Stanley Park takes you to Parks Art Deco Cafe. Occupying a lovely spot overlooking the Italian Gardens, you can soak up the sunshine at an al fresco table, or head indoors to enjoy the elegant 1930s interior. Serving great breakfasts and high teas, it’s also licensed so you can wash down your posh cheese on toast with a bottled beer or glass of wine. Just be quick - the cafe shuts at 4.30pm each day.
Locals’ favourite Quilligans on Church Street is spacious and clean, with a cool retro decor. And although many cafes swear their food is homemade from scratch, Quilligans actually follow through on that promise. Great value pancakes, scones and crumpets make it the perfect spot for breakfast. Fancy something larger? Try the sweet chilli salmon salad - it’s such a work of art, it’s almost a shame to eat it. Almost!
Need something filling and wholesome to help you get over a night out? Head to the Number 5 Café. Its mercifully quiet location at Cedar Square makes it a perfect location for soothing any sore heads. And then there’s breakfast! All the classic favorites of bacon, egg and sausage are available cooked to order in any combination you want. And vegetarians are well catered for, too.
No foodie worth their Himalayan pink salt will want to leave town without tracking down some local delicacies. And Blackpool’s food markets are the best place to do just that.
Ever tried a Blackpool bottom muffin? Now’s your chance! Abingdon Street Market has yummy fresh bread products, local meats and cheeses and whole foods, all under one roof. Best buys here are the scones from the bakery stall and the tasty fresh pies, but it’s not just food on offer. There are leather goods, jewellery, make-up and clothes - and even a tattoo parlour. It’s open Monday to Saturday each week, and even on Sundays in autumn when the Illuminations are on.
Staying in our Blackpool (Bispham) hotel? A trip to nearby Fleetwood Market is a much. With over 150 indoor and outdoor stalls, you won’t find a market more traditional - in fact, little has changed since the market was built in 1840. There’s a real mix of traders here, but foodies will find a well-stocked deli, an old-fashioned sweet stall as well as fresh fruit and veg. We dare you to leave without a pie, black pudding or jar of local pickle tucked under your arm.
Seaside kitsch, mountainous sticks of rock and an eye-watering electricity bill - it has to be Blackpool. Light up your visit to the Vegas of the North with a stay at the Premier Inn Blackpool (Beach). And our Premier Inn Hotel Blackpool Airport is right by the airport, yet within walking distance of the seafront.
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