Victorian bar to reopen after major revamp

Burlingtons Bar St Annes
Burlingtons Bar St Annes
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A Fylde coast bar which first opened in the late 19th century is to finally open its doors again today following a major six-figure refurbishment.

Burlingtons, part of the Town House in St Annes, opens again more than two years after the closure of the former Tiles bar, which shut in 2013.

Burlingtons Bar St Annes

Burlingtons Bar St Annes

Burlingtons, once known as Burlington’s Berties, has one of the longest free-standing bars in the country and its reopening will be marked by Queens from St Annes Carnival – which also takes place today – attending for lunch.

Anthony Hemmerdinger, managing director of Greene King’s Local Pubs division, said the it was great to bring back a famous part of the town’s history.

He added: “It is always exciting when the doors to a venue are once again opened to the public.

“There is a tremendous history attached to Burlingtons and with the community contributing to reopening it, I am sure it will be welcomed and enjoyed by the people of Lytham and St Annes.”

The bar first opened in 1895 as part of the former St Annes Hotel.

It is well-known for its interior, with its floor, wall and bar areas all tiled.

Owners Greene King said it hopes to use Burlingtons as a function suite for the Town House, but there may be the possibility in the longer term to host open microphone and comedy nights at the underground venue.

Later this month, photographer Kath Occleston, will be displaying her work in Burlingtons of some beautiful pictures of Lytham and St Annes.

Burlingtons will host open days between July 20 to 24 between midday and 3pm during the St Annes Music and Arts Festival.

The pub management added they will accommodate anyone who wishes to take a look at the room for future bookings.

For more information call (01253) 728252.

‘It has been a real community effort’ – Burlingtons pub managers

The bar was first built in 1895 under St Annes Hotel. The hotel was demolished in 1985, but the Burlingtons Bar was retained as the basement for the Crescent Pub, later renamed the Town House.

Jenny and Steve Whittingham, pub managers of Town House, said: “We are really looking forward to showing off what we have done in recreating a piece of history. It has been a real community effort with a lot of our customers volunteering to get involved with staff and help with the work. The room is unique and the people in Lytham and St Annes have a lot of fond memories there from their parents and grandparents. We are very grateful and humbled by all the local people who have given up their time and helped us to be able to reopen Burlingtons.”