With so many pubs, post office and bank branches closing on our high streets, it’s cheering to welcome a new attraction and meeting place.
The No.10 Alehouse Blackpool, on Whitegate Drive, is opening tonight, from 5-7pm by invitation and then onward. In fact, it’s actually at property numbers 258/260, once a chiropodist’s, but is named after the popular similar operation at 10 Park Road, St Annes.
Both concerns are headed up by landlord and owner George White, a local man who cares passionately about his project. For George it’s not just about real-ale traditions but also this neighbourhood of Great Marton. He hopes his success will encourage others back into our high streets, with cafés, bistros, stores and other communal hubs.
“It’s a great ‘village’ area and I’ve many friends here. We should do well,” said the genial George. His eager team, including stylish, musical barista Colin, will be a welcome force for local fellowship.
I’ve also enjoyed visits to the alehouse in St Annes, or the welcoming Lytham Craft House in Clifton Street. The appeal of ‘beer houses’ is their cosiness and friendly owner-service. Despite the name, there is more on offer than real cask ales dispensed by hand-pumps. There are usually craft lagers, ciders and the increasingly popular perries; as well as wine and non-alcoholic drinks, including hot beverages and home-made snacks.
But what is specially attractive to most patrons, is the cheerful personal atmosphere. Thankfully, we may still get this in some traditional public houses and even new bistros. However, ‘beer houses’ tend to be small enough for anyone to join a conversation or, of course, be left in peace with a newspaper or friend.
Let’s wish George well and support another promising attraction to our diverse resort coast, so long renowned for its friendly entertainment of visitors and locals alike.
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