The 10 Best Restaurants In Blackpool, England

Blackpool at night
Blackpool at night | © Mark mc neill
Marianna Hunt

The archetypal UK seaside town, Blackpool offers holiday makers a mind boggling array of entertainment, landmarks, shopping, and, of course, restaurants. Its charming seafront setting and abundant natural landscape, provide Blackpool with incredible sources of delicious local ingredients, from fresh seafood to those famous Lancashire potatoes. Follow our guide to the town’s finest restaurants to discover the best of Blackpool.

Central Pier, Blackpool

1. The Beach House

Bar, Restaurant, Bistro, European, Pub Grub

A delicious cocktail
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Thanks to its idyllic beachfront setting, this bistro and bar boasts of some of the finest sea views in the whole of Blackpool. With its al-fresco dining experience, The Beach House provides a breathtaking panorama of the Irish Sea and its location, inside one of the Blackpool’s iconic buildings, establishes it as a true landmark of the town. Live music from talented local musicians every Thursday to Sunday serves only to enhance the already delightful ambiance of this bistro. For those connoisseurs more concerned with food than ambience, the wide-ranging tapas menu is unlikely to disappoint either.

2. Rowley's at Blackpool Football Club Hotel

Restaurant, European

This award winning restaurant offers guests gourmet dining in an informal location. As a result of its pitch-side location by the Blackpool Football Club, Rowley’s boasts of excellent views of the stadium, while its expertly crafted menu brings a more chic element to the dining experience. Unsurprisingly the restaurant has been awarded New Lancashire Restaurant of the Year by the Lancashire Magazine. Don’t miss the wild boar sausage rolls for the perfect fusion of British taste and gourmet cookery. For those with a sweet tooth, try one of Rowley’s desserts for a true taste of Blackpool’s promenade. The Treats from the Golden Mile mixed dessert platter includes mini Doughnuts, Candy Floss, Blackpool Rock Ice Cream, and other tasty treats.

3. Toast Café Bar And Grill Restaurant

Bar, Restaurant, European

Blackpool seafront
© Michael D Beckwith/Flickr
Holiday makers in Blackpool need be at the mercy of the unreliable British weather no longer. Be transported away to sunny locations by the exotic, foreign flavors of the menu at Toast Café. Offering both a delicious lunch menu and extensive dinner menu, this café, with its conveniently central location, provides an ideal refueling point for holidaymakers. Visitors can opt for either a more traditional lunch of haddock and chips or steak and kidney pudding, or they can try a selection of Toast’s tapas menu. The importance of locally sourced ingredients is stressed as part of the café’s ethos and daily specials that change with the seasons are on offer.

4. Number One South Beach

Boutique Hotel

Contemporary decor, ambient lighting, elegant atmosphere, and haute cuisine – what more could couples seeking their escapes look for? This restaurant, located in the five-star boutique hotel, Number One South Beach, on Blackpool’s seafront provides a breathtaking setting for any romantic retreat. The gourmet cuisine is unlikely to disappoint either. Using only the finest local ingredients, the dishes are hand crafted with love and attention. The result is a chic dining experience that will dazzle the palate and leave you wanting more. For those pleasure seekers prioritizing luxury during their stay, Number One South Beach is the ideal choice. Be sure to try the Devilled Chicken Livers to start.

5. Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Blackpool Tower Ballroom | © Michael D Beckwith/FlickrBlackpool Tower Ballroom | © Michael D Beckwith/Flickr

Gain a quintessentially British experience by having afternoon tea in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Whether you’re there to participate in the tea dance, or simply to be blown away by the stunning architecture and history of this spectacular landmark, afternoon tea in this historic ballroom certainly provides an unmissable experience. Guests can feel as though they are stepping back in history as they relax in style; enjoying some fizz and scones while watching whirling couples and being enchanted by the sounds of Blackpool Tower’s Wurlitzer Organ.

Blackpool Tower Ballroom, The promenade, Blackpool, UK, +44 1253 622242

6. Michael Wan's Mandarin

Restaurant, Chinese

One of the restaurants tasty dishes
Courtesy of Michael Wan's Mandarin
If you’re looking to be transported a little further from home, look no further than the authentic Chinese cooking at Michael Wan’s Mandarin. This well established restaurant has been providing exotic Oriental flavors to the delight of Blackpool’s residents and visitors for 50 years. Michael Wan’s provides a perfect fusion of the freshest local ingredients and expert Chinese cooking. A mixture of traditional Chinese favorites, and lesser known Cantonese dishes are on offer, each perfectly flavored to tickle the taste buds and dazzle the senses. Live music by a selection of the best local artists on Wednesday nights is another feature cementing Michael Wan’s as one of the town’s best restaurants. Don’t miss Mrs Wan’s dumplings, which are made using her own special recipe.

7. Twelve Restaurant and Lounge Bar

Bar, Restaurant, European

Located a short drive from the town centre, the Twelve Restaurant and Lounge bar is perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Blackpool. Set under the sails of one of the oldest working windmills in Europe, this restaurant provides an idyllic dining experience, far from the mediocre tourist traps of the town‘s main streets .Chock-a-block with innovative dishes, Twelve’s menu takes inspiration from local produce and culture. Changing regularly to ensure the freshest local ingredients, the menu’s regionally inspired dishes have in the past included a Cod Army Fish Pie, dedicated to fans of the local football club, and a langoustine cocktail, created in honor of a local fisherman.

8. The Cottage

Restaurant, Seafood

Traditional fish and chips
© Lindsay Smith/Flickr
This inexpensive restaurant features in Rick Stein’s Seafood Lovers Guide as the best fish and chips in Blackpool. All fish is sourced fresh daily from Fleetwood and the wide range of daily specials, can include anything, from turbot, to catfish, to skate, and even freshly caught local calamari. The chippy has a long history among Blackpool’s restaurants, dating back to 1920, which despite fierce competition, has established it as one of the best places to source fish and chips in this historic seaside resort. The classically British cottage setting creates a traditional ambiance and reflects the restaurant’s ethos of good quality, hearty, British home cooking. Don’t miss the incredibly fresh local peas.

9. The White Tower

Restaurant, European

Through its astounding success in providing a gourmet take on this traditional British favorite, The White Tower has earned itself a prestigious reputation. The restaurant’s location on the penthouse floor of Blackpool’s Casino Building lends it fantastic views of the promenade. Guests can enjoy dinner on the outdoor terrace, with the sea view providing a picturesque backdrop to this elegant dining experience. Contemporary decor and calming tones add to the chic ambiance of this elegant venue. The chef prides himself on selecting only the best of Lancashire’s produce and the results truly are astonishing. Aside from the Sunday Lunch, The White Tower’s a la carte menu offers gourmet delights such as Lobster bisque as a starter, and marinated oranges in Cointreau for dessert.

10. Kwizeen

Restaurant, Mediterranean

The restaurant’s promise to source as many ingredients as possible from within a 30 mile radius has helped to build up a loyal local clientele and Kwizeen has enjoyed the honor of winning various Taste of Blackpool and Taste of Lancashire awards. These accolades attest to the success of their harmonious fusion of British classics and Mediterranean twists. Catalan-born chef Marco Calle-Calatayaud is unafraid of innovative and bold combinations and starters at Kwizeen include: Mediterranean chilli beef, black pudding, chorizo and parmesan, carpaccio of venison, beetroot and orange, and chilli chocolate salsa.

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