Blackpool’s Coral Island aims for next level

Mark Fox at Coral Island
Mark Fox at Coral Island
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One of Blackpool’s biggest entertainment centres is to hold an awareness hospitality evening for local business and workers across the coast.

Coral Island, on Central Promenade, has one of the largest food operations in the town, with several different units under one roof, but is aware many locals still don’t know what it offers.

“We want to create an awareness with more locals,” said Mark Fox, Coral Island’s retail bars and catering operations manager (pictured).

“Not only are we the third biggest attraction in town, we now boast the only town centre casino, as well as our bars, restaurants and other food outlets – but it’s time to take what we have to offer to the next level.

“To do that we need to educate residents that we are far more than just something for visitors to enjoy.”

To help with that, Paul Horridge, formerly of Toast in Blackpool and St Annes, has been brought on board as 
executive chef to oversee the kitchen operations.

He said:“I’m loving it. We have a proper training structure and employ more than 100 people in our food and beverage operation as well as another 300 in the rest of the business and are establishing ourselves as a training hub and putting the passion back into catering, hospitality and great customer service.

“All our produce is sourced from local suppliers from meat to our potatoes which are from Over Wyre.

“Our fish is from sustainable sources and we were the first to be awarded the NFFF award for quality in Blackpool for our fish and chip shops.”

The hospitality evening takes place tonight starting at 7pm with canapes and drinks reception in the Buccaneer Family Bar,