Blackpool’s Saddle reins in beer award

Saddle landlord Andy Rodgers (left) accepting the summer pub of the season award from CAMRA branch chairman Paul Smith.

Saddle landlord Andy Rodgers (left) accepting the summer pub of the season award from CAMRA branch chairman Paul Smith.

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An historic Blackpool watering hole has been voted pub of the season by beer buffs.

The Saddle, in Whitegate Drive, has picked up the summer award from Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre CAMRA.

The CAMRA members interrupted a charity race night at The Saddle to present landlord Andy Rogers with the honour.

The Whitegate Drive hostelry was selected by local beer enthusiasts as the best pub for summer, largely for the quality and variety of its beer, but also to recognise the efforts made by the staff and management to promote quality real ale.

Accepting the award from branch chairman Paul Smith, landlord Andy Rodgers thanked the CAMRA members for their support.

He also paid tribute to his staff and regulars for making the pub the success that it is.

Branch publicity officer Russell Cobb said: “The Saddle bar boasts six or seven real ales in extremely good condition.

“It’s a worthy winner and the pub will also be staging another beer festival later in the year.”

The pub is thought to be the oldest in Blackpool, dating from 1776.

At the end of last year it 
underwent a revamp and had extra hand-pumps installed to extend its real ale offer which also now includes locally brewed beers from Lytham and Lancaster.

Meanwhile, the CAMRA team have announced that they will be continuing with the popular autumn beer festival in Lytham.

The Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre branch of CAMRA will be putting on the eighth Lytham Beer & Cider festival at the Lowther Pavilion from October 1 to October 3.

Russell added: “We are, as ever, delighted to be staging the Lytham festival, and we would like to thank the Lowther management for giving us the opportunity to bring quality real ale to the South Fylde once again.

“This will be our eighth festival and we hope there are many more to come.”

The festival will, as usual, feature around 90 real ales plus a selection of ciders and perries, as well as bottled beer from around the world.

Live music will be featured on the Friday and Saturday nights and Russell said more information will be released closer to the date.