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Blackpool - a Spoilt Ambition!

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A January 2009 trip to Blackpool by MichaelJM

Number One Southbeach Photo, Blackpool, England More Photos
Quote: A business trip to this north-western coastal resort was full of surprises

Blackpool Tower

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Attraction | "I strolled the promenade, taking in the sights"

Blackpool Tower Photo, Blackpool, England
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I have to confess that all the nights I spent in Blackpool I saw rain. This part of the country is renowned for its inclement weather condition and by the time summer was due I had finished my contract with the company, so didn’t see Blackpool in all its glory. If indeed it has any!!But I did see and check out the Blackpool Tower – one of the features that people the word over know about this coastal resort. The tower was built between 1891 and 1894 and it will be no surprise to read that it was inspired by Paris’ Eiffel Tower. The two Manchester architects (Maxwell and Tuke) responsible for the design of this 518 foot replica never saw the completion of the tower. It took over five million bri...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 29, 2010

Blackpool Tower
The Promenade
Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 4BJ
01253 622242

The Cottage Restaurant

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Restaurant | "The greatest fish and chips in Blackpool?"

Blackpool Tower Photo, Blackpool, England
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I’d been recommended the Cottage fish and chip shop by the owner of the B&B that I stayed in. He suggested that it was the best in town and that seemed like such an impressive accolade that I decided to give it a go. Now it’s not in the centre of the town so you do need transport to get there and I thankfully had my Satnav. I say thankfully because it seemed somewhat difficult to find and even with the navigation system I had to ask a local for specific directions. It’s a little off the beaten track and is a fairly inconspicuous place.The Cottage was built way back in 1856 as a farm house by Christopher Johnson and originally had a far more glamorous name as "Flag Causeway Farm". Appar...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 28, 2010

The Cottage Restaurant
31 Newhouse Road
Blackpool, England 4 4
01253 764081

Number One Southbeach

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Hotel | "Sunshine on a Rainy Day"

Number One Southbeach Photo, Blackpool, England
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Number One South Beach gave me sunshine on a rainy Day!I’ve stayed at the sister establishment (No 1 St Lukes) and decided , on my return to Blackpool to try the "big brother", Number One South Beach. But life is never straightforward and my friendly SatNav took me, without any difficulty, to the door of St Lukes! Now I cursed a bit as I didn’t have the proper address of South Beach and having pointed out to myself the error of my ways I was escorted to South Beach by Mark’s father-in-law. I received a royal welcome from Mark and his partner, Graham, and subsequently have learnt that they pride themselves on ensuring that each guest is personally welcomed and made to feel at t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 20, 2009

Number One Southbeach
4 Harrowside West
Blackpool FY4 1NW
+44 1253 343900

Number One

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Hotel | "A Fantastic Place to Stay "

Number One Photo, Blackpool, England
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"Number One" had been voted as England’s top B&B and had been recommended to me by a work colleague who could only claim "that they nearly once stayed here". I’d correctly assumed that it wouldn’t be busy during the Winter months and having checked out their impressive web site I rang to secure my room for the following week. The phone was promptly answered and within minutes I’d been efficiently booked into this small boutique style Bed and Breakfast. I now had to hope that it would be half decent. As fellow travellers are aware you can never be absolutely sure what your hotel’s going to be like until you arrive at the reception desk. I’ve stayed in some fantastic places but on the ot...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 14, 2009

Number One
St Lukes Road
Blackpool
+44 01253 343 901

A Deflated Ambition

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Photo of Blackpool, England
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Blackpool was one about the only "coastal resort" that I’d positively identified as a place that I would NOT visit. From what I could make out it’s a place that you either love or hate and in my mind it epitomised everything that I disliked (loathed and despised would be too strong an expression). There were crowds, tacky shops, "kiss me quick hats", roller coaster, candy floss, more crowds and variety shows by the dozen. Indeed having studiously avoided the place for almost 60 years it was with mixed feelings that I gave the green light to my company’s request that I offer some consultancy to Blackpool Council. As an aside I’ve only been working for "Corelogic", a company providing software for Socia...Read More