New era as historic pub keeps licence

The Waterloo Hotel in Blackpool
The Waterloo Hotel in Blackpool
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A landmark Blackpool pub has been allowed to keep serving, as long as they keep the noise down.

Councillors have added new conditions to the licence of the Waterloo Hotel in South Shore including that no entertainment is permitted outside the pub at any time.

New operator HS Inns had applied for the licence to be reinstated after it was surrendered by the previous landlord.

However, an application for a council review of the 
licence had previously been submitted following complaints about excessive noise.

The panel approved the 
licence but with the new conditions applied.

New landlord Mark 
Audin, who is also the bowls 
manager at the crown green bowling stadium behind the pub, said he hoped the move marked the start of a new era for the premises.

He said: “We believe this is the start of good things to come. All the bowling competitions are filling up, we are looking for people for our pool and darts teams, and we are going to be having live entertainment, quizzes and be serving food.

“There is nothing else around here so we want to make the Waterloo a real community pub. We have 
also newly decorated it inside and outside.

“The pub was built in 1901 and is a real landmark, particularly famous for the Waterloo Autumn bowling tournament which is 108 years old this year and still brings in a lot of revenue for Blackpool.”

In August, neighbours complained to the council over loud music from a charity event. They had also complained about a boxing event earlier in the summer.