A Blackpool Hotel has raised a glass to real ale as it aims to spread the word about proper beer.
It is a case of all hands to the pumps at the Albert Hotel in Albert Road after the owners launched their own micro bar featuring local ales.
George Forrest and Jennie Ransome decided to diversify their business by appealing to Blackpool beer buffs with a range of hand-pulled ales and bottled continental beers and ciders.
They convert their dining room into Albert’s Ale Microbar after the guests have finished their meals and through the week are opening from 4pm to 10pm and from 2pm to 10pm on Saturday and to 9pm on Sunday.
George said: “It comes from an appreciation of real ale. We wanted to put on real ales as an alternative for local people and visitors.
“As everyone knows, Blackpool hotels suffer from seasonality and so we also wanted to do something a bit different and by opening a micro bar hoped to attract people in all year round.
“On the opening night we had around 12 people in from CAMRA which was great and we thank them for their support.
“We have had a steady stream of people coming in and we hope that once word gets round it will become a regular venue for people who appreciate their beer.”
He said their aim was to try to concentrate on locally brewed beers and in their first week they had Red Duster from the Skippool Creek microbrewery and Goosnargh Pale ale.
Russell Cobb from the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre CAMRA group said members were delighted to welcome a new real ale outlet in town.
He said: “It is great that Blackpool has its own micro pub now following in the footsteps of St Annes and Lytham which have had theirs for a while now.
“The thing I like about micro pubs is that they all have their own special quirkiness.The Albert’s is that it doubles up as a hotel dinning room at other times.
“They have done really well with the ales, they had three on when I was there. Micro bars are a great alternative for people who just want to go somewhere for a nice quiet drink away from loud music.”