Back to the future for Blackpool’s No 3

The No.3 Pub Blackpool
The No.3 Pub Blackpool
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An historic Blackpool pub is set to get its original name back after a change of owners.

The Crown Carvery, in Devonshire Road, is to revert to the name it has always been known by regulars and ale lovers in Blackpool – the No 3.

And the sale by Mitchells and Butler to Spirit Pub Company is creating 20 new jobs as it undergoes a £300,000 transformation.

The pub closed last Friday to begin the extensive refurbishment. It will revert to its original name, No 3, when it reopens on Monday, August 25, as a Flaming Grill pub restaurant – with a special focus on steaks and grills.

As its name suggests, the pub was one of the first in the resort and was, along with the No4, on the old route from Blackpool to Poulton.

The earliest reference to the No3 is in author William Hutton’s description of Blackpool, published following his visit in 1788.

As part of the investment the pub will get a complete makeover, with new flame grill inspired décor, furniture and a novel new darts area, as well as a brand new chargrill menu focused on steaks and grills, served on hot sizzling skillets.

Flaming Grill investment manager Chris Gorton said: “We’re thrilled to be undergoing such a huge refurbishment, and look forward to welcoming lots of our 
regulars to our new pub, as well as many new faces over the coming weeks and months. The No3 has been popular in the local community for years, so we’re proud to be bringing it back with a new look, but with the old name and atmosphere that it’s known for.”

Flaming Grill is part of Spirit Pub Company which owns and operates around 800 managed pubs across the UK. Other brands in its portfolio include Chef & Brewer, Fayre & Square and Taylor Walker.