Tasty award for historic restaurant

Mandarin restaurant re-launch.  Pictured is Pauline Lai.
Mandarin restaurant re-launch. Pictured is Pauline Lai.
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A resort restaurant has been voted one of the best of its kind on these shores.

According to those who have sampled the delights of Michael Wan’s Mandarin Cantonese, and felt obliged to write about their experience on Trip Advisor, the Blackpool eatery ranks third in the UK.

The reviews website revealed the Clifton Street restaurant “has built a reputation for its modern décor and delicious duck and steak dishes”, placing it third on a list of 10 restaurants, beaten only by The Lady Jade, in Liverpool, and The Golden Horses, in St Helens.

Manager Pauline Lai took over the running of the restaurant from founder Michael Wan 10 years ago, when he retired.

Mr Wan set up the business in 1961, and Ms Lai quit her job as an aerospace engineer for BAE Systems in Warton to take up the role.

She said: “It’s purely based on reviews from Trip Advisor, and we didn’t even know about this until a customer came in and said he’d read about our award.

“Business has always been good and this has helped, but we want to keep standards high.

“We are not a posh Michelin star restaurant. We want people to know we are a good local family business.”

The restaurant survived a three-month barren spell shortly after the Yates’ fire in 2009, as people avoided the area because of hoardings put up outside the blaze-hit site.

It is now a favourite haunt of celebrities who visit the town, including Bruce Forsyth and Shirley Bassey.

Ms Lai added: “There’s so much history here, and I fell in love with it.”