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Restaurants are the unsung heros of Blackpool's scene. Although the town is reputed for its fish and chips and the general junk food fair which is all perfectly good, it has more to offer. There are hundreds of eateries all over Blackpool and its hard to know where to start. There are restaurants that cater for every taste and every budget in every area of town. It's worth hunting around off the beaten track. Your hotel reception staff will recommend good local restaurants but here are a couple of suggestions:
West Rock Cafe, Abingdon Street, central
A casual American diner at heart, with pop music, fabulous decor and great food, big portions and very hot. Good service too.
Sea Food Restaurant, Bond Street, south shore
A pleasant medium sized restaurant in south blackpool offering good quality English food and great service. Good for both day time as well as more formal evenings out.
Manhattan Bar, Lytham Rd, south shore
Great little cafe/bar tucked away in the outskirts of south shore with excellent reasonably priced breakfasts, steaks and sandwiches.
Try the 'Hair of the Dog' all day breakfast which includes a big, tasty fry-up with a pint! Friendly service.
Art Deco Cafe, Stanley Park, West Park Drive, south shore
This beautiful building in Blackpool's largest park, is a wonder to behold. A lofty 1920s built art deco style building in leafy surroundings, that serves great all round food and the best frothy coffee on the Fylde coast. Also hosts classy music, dance and singing nights.
Blue Bar and Brasserie, Pleasure Beach, south shore
This new and award winning hotel is situated to the south of Blackpool Pleasure Beach and serves wonderful english food day and night.
The restaurant also does a good sunday lunch carvery.
Paramount Chinese Restaurant, Highfield Road, south shore
Great medium sized, mid priced restaurant with excellent food, nice atmosphere and good service.
Autumn Leaves, Topping Street, central
Very classy small English restaurant for something that extra bit special.
Rayyan, 56 Tyldesley Road, near Manchester Square
Small, minimalist style, Indian restaurant. All curries can be made mild, medium or hot to your own order. Some unusual dishes worth trying. Proprietor very pleasant and helpful. Rayyan also has a small hotel attached. Meal for two averages £25
Michael Wan's Mandarin Chinese Restaurant - 27 Clifton Street, Blackpool FY1 1JD 01253-622687A Blackpool institution, the Mandarin has now been in business for 45 years and is still going strong with local hoteliers and taxi drivers invariably recommending it to visitors to the town. The new owner Pauline Lai taken over the restaurant only two years ago with executive chef Miao-Sheng Wu joining her in 2006, going from strength to strength, the restaurant has just received the “TASTE LANCASHIRE AWARD 2006” and “TASTE OF BLACKPOOL 2007” website: www.blackpoolmandarin.co.uk
White Tower Restaurant
Situated and part of Pleasure Beach, this is a fine dining restaurant without the fine dining price tag. Enjoyable surroundings, and some evenings, a pianist. Outstanding service, up market, stylish and affordable. Bookings are recomended. They also offer pre-show dinners and do a great value Sunday lunch. Open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner and Sunday lunchtime. Closed Mondays.