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Blackpool FC Hotel
Ranked #10 of 73 Hotels in Blackpool
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 January 2013

Being an experienced diner and a member of an International wine and food society, I was looking forward to a "Fine Wine and Food" dinner at "Rowley's" at BFC Hotel. They had teamed up with award winning Berkmann Wine Cellars to bring "The Best of French Wine and Champagne" with some "Signature Dishes" of the restaurant.
On a cold winters evening we were warmly greeted to an open door by the attendant, and shown to the lift which was already waiting to take us up to the restaurant. Our coats were immediately taken by a very attentive member of staff and then we were offered a glass of Champagne Deutz. Having never been to this new establishment before I was amazed on the tasteful interior and lighting of the restaurant and the view you had from the windows of the Blackpool Football pitch. I could "just tell" this was going to be a great evening. Before being shown our table we mingled and chatted with the other diners attending and enjoyed our glasses being topped up with more champagne and being served some interesting and very enjoyable Canapés.
We were invited to take our seats and Paul Rowley welcomed us to the restaurant and introduced wine expert Etienne and Jean - Christophe, who had flown over from Champagne Deutz specially to host the evening.
To start we had, Goosnargh Duck Spring Roll, Hoi Sin Peppers, served with Cote Du Ventoux. A rounded fruit driven wine, with ripe red berries bouquet, and a plump juicy palette which went very well with the duck. Next was the "Fish Course" which was Loin of Cod Herb Crusted with Pea, Sugar Snap, Broad Bean and Dill Risotto and served with Viognier Delas. This bursting Viognier wine with the character of Apricots, Peaches, and preserved Citrus Fruits. The palate was both smooth & fresh with hints of spice and complemented the cod perfectly. Our Main Course was Fillet of Beef which before hand we were asked how we would like our steak to be cooked. It came with Wild Mushroom Ravioli, Wilted Greens, Potato Puree and Stock Reduction. The wines served was, Cote Du Rhone Delas, a wine that has Syrah to the fore, with full of Berry Fruit, Violet, Liquorice and Spices, and with a generous rounded palate and a long elegant finished and beautifully matched the steak and I very much enjoyed the complexities of the wine. For Dessert we had Banana Cheesecake, Toffee Ice Cream and Caramelised Banana, but not being allowed any dairy in food, they gave me a excellent and enjoyable alternative which was much appreciated, they had said it would be no problem, and taken the trouble to make the desert for me on a very busy evening in the restaurant. The wine for the desert was a French Muscat Beaumes De Venise, being intensely fruity and one of the few wines that actually smells of grapes. It has floral and citrusy on the palate, with delicate flavour, balancing the sweetness of the desert and leaving a refreshing aftertaste, again it was delicious. To finish was a cafetiere of coffee with Mini Brownies.
In between each course Etienne or Jean spoke about the wine to be served with the meal which we appreciated the information. During the meal the waiters came round to top up our glasses of wine if required, and also Paul Rowley took time out, of a very busy kitchen, to inquire at the tables that everything was to their enjoyment.
The meal was fantastic from starter to dessert: great fish, meat and vegetables served in the "Nouvelle Cuisine" style being characterized by lighter, more delicate dishes. The dishes were original and cooked to perfection - Yes "SUPERB". The Dinner with all the wines was priced at a remarkable low price of only £39, which was "Outstanding Value" for the quality of the "food and wines" served. I look forward to attending there next event in March - just hope I can reserve a table, for I am sure all that attended last night will be praising the event to their friends.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 January 2013

We haven't stayed at this hotel but we did make our first trip to this restaurant situated within the new hotel at Blackpool Football Club. Paul Rowley from the Lindum Hotel in St. Anne's has done a brilliant job with his new venture. We went to a Wine Tasting dinner and it was a wonderful experience. From the very warm welcome by the staff on arrival to the very attentive service throughout the meal. The decor in the restaurant is very modern and upmarket with many old prints of Blackpool adorning the walls. The menu for the our meal was excellent, starting with canapes and champagne reception, followed by a four course meal and coffee. The food was really top quality, well presented and accompanied by some very nice French wines. In between courses Paul wandered around the tables talking to the diners to ask if everything was alright. This was definitely top quality and value for money and we will definitely be returning in the near future.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 January 2013

Clean and modern better than a travel lodge but not 4 star. Breakfast was poor good selection but not well cooked. Had the feel of paying minimum wage staff. Rowley's restaurant was good. Had to travel up and down in the lift with staff member looking for the one credit card machine to pay, perhaps investment in another one or two would be beneficial. State of the art TV's with all sorts of function's that were not useable. The entrance is grim but gets better as you get further up. Overall not bad but no way the best hotel in Blackpool, The Imperial still the best for me and many others above this one.

Room Tip: overlooking the pitch gives you an outside area off the room! as they double up as boxes on matchday...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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blackpoolfchotel, Manager at Blackpool FC Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2013

Thank you for review of the Blackpool FC Hotel. Your feedback is very important to us.

We apologise that the standards during your stay did not meet expectations. It's understandable that you were not satisfied with breakfast, and the credit card machine situation. We will be addressing both of these points. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Rowley's, and that you found the hotel pleasing once inside.

Once again we would like to thank you for your review of the Blackpool FC Hotel, and we hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 13 January 2013

Lovely little hotel. Stayed on a match day and couldnt fault it. The rooms are very clean and the bathroom is spacious. Had no problems with parking (even though it was a match day), just ask for a permit at the reception desk. Would definitely stay here again. (Within walking distnace of blackpool south train station)

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 January 2013

We stayed here for two nights inc New Years eve and had a good stay , the problems we had that the pillows were far too soft we asked if they had any firmer ones but they did not but the beds were so big and comfortable it was a shame, the only other criticism was the time it took to let us back in the hotel after we had been out after ringing the door bell for approx 5 mins we were let in by a security lady whe happened to pass the door . All the female members of staff were excellent

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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blackpoolfchotel, Manager at Blackpool FC Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2013

Thank you for review of the Blackpool FC Hotel. Your feedback is very important to us.

Your issues with the pillows will be taken into account and looked at with the possibility that we will obtain a selection of different pillows. It is very important to us that our guests get a good nights sleep during their stay with us.
We apologise for the inconvenience you faced with being let back into the hotel after hours. We will be looking into this and improving in this area.
We are very pleased to hear your compliments of our staff!

Once again we would like to thank you for your review of the Blackpool FC Hotel, and we hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 8 January 2013

Alex and I stayed at this hotel for the second time. Lovely attentive staff. Great hotel. Was great to be back and will return again soon.

We had a meal in Rowleys again and its so nice and again the staff are so lovely.

Was like being back home again..

Management should be so proud of their staff (which I think they are). Well done guys x

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 January 2013

Did not expect the Reception we would receive at this hotel. To put it mildly, "Exceptional" from start to finish of the stay. From the Reception staff, to the room itself and to the buffet breakfast could not be falted. Plenty of hot water for showers,comfortable beds and a buffet breakfast to fill you for the day ahead Concierge staff were more than helpful nothing was too much trouble for them to handle.Thankyou. A special Thankyou to the Senior Receptionist for the caring shown to my wife re our loss in 2012.It was greatly appreciated. We hope to visit again this year. Well worth a stay for anyone visiting Blackpool you will not be dissapointed I am sure. Along with the Viva show in Blackpool a very pleasent entry to 2013

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Blackpool FC Hotel

Address: Bloomfield Road | Lancashire, Blackpool FY1 6JJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Lancashire > Blackpool
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 73 Hotels in Blackpool
Price Range: £58 - £218 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Blackpool FC Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in a landmark location and boasting 70 bedrooms, the Blackpool Football Club hotel is confident of providing the finest facilities on the Fylde Coast.Customers can choose from a wide range of superior accommodation, including luxury suites and family bedrooms depending on your needs.Guest will have access to the brand new state of the art gym, allowing for a healthy and relaxing experience.A view of Bloomfield Road’s hallowed turf accompanies many of the rooms and while the hotel is within touching distance of the town’s many amenities, a built-in sports bar and restaurant will ensure that you can relax without having to leave the comfort of the complex.A concierge and valet parking service will be on hand to make your stay as comfortable and easy as possible, by offering a first class service, peace of mind is guaranteed.All bookings include full English breakfast and guests can also take advantage of free WI-FI and parking. The hotel also boasts a top class restaurant, Rowley’s at BFC, which offers guests a modern British menu.The hotel is within easy reach of The Pleasure Beach, Tower, Piers, Madame Tussauds, Blackpool’s award winning promenade and bustling night life. ... more   less 
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