Best Places To Eat Along the Fylde Coast
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The northwest of England has some fascinating places to explore. From castles to Roman ruins to quaint villages in the Ribble Valley - it’s bursting with charm. One city that’s very popular with families and day trippers is Blackpool. While Blackpool may not be for everyone, it certainly has its fair share of unique attractions and restaurants. But there are a number of other interesting towns and villages to discover along this stretch of coastline too. That's why I’ve put together a list of the best places to eat along the Fylde Coast that will suit any type of traveller.
If you’re not familiar with the Fylde Coast, it’s the stretch of coastline in Lancashire between the estuaries of the River Wyre and the River Ribble. It runs from Fleetwood, a traditional fishing town, all the way down to Lytham, which is very popular with golfers. Lytham also has a history dating back as far as 600 BC, so it’s definitely worth taking the day to explore. Whether you’re heading to this corner of England for some fun and games in Blackpool, or for a more relaxing holiday in one of the smaller towns, a visit to the Fylde Coast won’t leave you disappointed. Here are my recommendations for the best places to eat along the Fylde Coast.
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Central Blackpool has a new South American restaurant, and you won’t want to miss it. Common serve a tasty selection of tacos, burritos, and nachos which are all freshly prepared in the kitchen. And they have some pretty amazing side dishes and dips to pair with your meal as well. We went with an order of plain nachos and their Pulled Maple Chipotle Mushroom Tacos and couldn’t get enough. I can never say no to a side of patatas bravas either, so I was really excited to see them on the menu. Order a couple of rounds of cocktails to go with your food and you’ll be in bliss. You can either sit in the bar area downstairs, or head upstairs and enjoy some live music that’s on weekly. I guarantee there’s nothing quite like Common in Blackpool, and it definitely ranks among the best places to eat along the Fylde Coast.
While there are plenty of places to eat near Blackpool Tower, none are as unique as Dirty Blondes. Tucked away down a back alley, it’s quite easy to walk by - unless you know where to look. There’s a very chilled vibe inside, with alternative music blasting through the speakers. And its decorations perfectly match the music too. They’re known for their comfort food, with items like chicken fingers, massive 18” pizzas, and loaded fries to choose from. If you don’t think you can finish such an enormous pizza (we tried our best), you can buy it by the slice as well. I’m giving Dirty Blondes huge bonus points for having Super Nintendo set up in their booths. Gaming and food - what more could you ask for? Drop in here during the day for some food, or for drinks in the evening, either way you’re going to love it and have a great time.
Mi Casa Su Casa
Mi Casa Su Casa is my favourite Spanish restaurant in Blackpool. It’s located just outside of the city centre, in the village of Bispham, and is easily accessible by tram if you don’t have a car. They have quite an extensive menu, but we always choose a selection of their tapas dishes to share. I would recommend ordering their chicken and chorizo in a red wine sauce - it’s delicious. They have equally tasty vegetarian options available as well, such as patatas bravas and vegetable paella. It can end up being a bit on the pricey side if you order a lot of dishes, but it really is a great place to go for lunch or dinner. Just make sure you book in advance because they are always packed.
Say goodbye to drinking wine at pubs, and hello to Nook - Blackpool’s wine room and terrace. There’s only one booth inside Nook, so you can imagine how quickly it gets booked up, especially with larger groups. There are plenty of organic and natural wines to choose from on their menu, and you can pair your wine up with one of their cheese or charcuterie boards too. I’d highly recommend their cheese board, which has several types of cheese on it, as well as crackers, bread, chutney, and grapes. You’ll love the intimate atmosphere of Nook, and it’s tucked away down a side street so it’s still a hidden gem in Blackpool. Don’t forget to check out their website for news on their upcoming wine tasting events.
Winstons Bistro & Bar
One of the best places to eat in Blackpool if you like traditional home cooked British food is Winstons Bistro & Bar. We decided to visit for their Sunday lunch, served from 1pm - 4pm every Sunday. Apart from roast beef, you can choose from roast chicken, roast of the week, cauliflower cheese yorkie, and a vegan roast. So there’s definitely something for everyone. The roasts are served with a beautiful selection of fresh vegetables, gravy, and of course, a giant Yorkshire pudding. Winstons Bistro & Bar also offer a big dessert menu, so make sure you leave room for that. The warm cookie dough with ice cream is drool-worthy, but if you want something a little smaller, try out one of their Gorgeous Cheesecakes which are also homemade (and pretty famous too). Upstairs you’ll find their cocktail bar, Clementines, which is always popular on weekends. The next time you’re in Blackpool, make sure you stop by, either for Sunday lunch or something from their main menu.
If you’re in the mood for Spanish food in Lytham, head over to Fino Tapas. It’s one of the best restaurants in Lytham, and serves traditional and modern Spanish tapas dishes. We picked probably too many dishes for our table, but we wanted to try as much as possible. They have a good variety of meats, seafood, and vegetarian options, and they’re not overpriced either. I’d recommend trying their padron peppers to start with, followed by huevos rotos and some of their tasty croquettes. Whatever you choose, you’re going to love how flavourful their cooked food is. Book online ahead of time if you can, as seats can be hard to come by in peak season.
If you love to travel as much as I do, then you’ll really enjoy eating at Lytham House. They have a globally inspired menu that draws on dishes from all over the world. What I loved about this restaurant (other than the incredibly modern decor) was their selection of smaller dishes, which are served in a tapas style. They also have larger dishes but it’s fun to share, right? If you want to try a unique take on tacos, I would recommend their Barbeque Jackfruit Tacos which have a bit of a kick to them.
The scallops are beautifully prepared with wild garlic, mushrooms, and potatoes - even if you aren’t a fan of seafood you’ll love these. Whatever you choose from the menu, you won’t be left disappointed. We visited the week that their new spring cocktail menu had come out, so we obviously had to order some. The Blood Orange Margarita is a must-try. Lytham House also has a large dessert menu, with everything from creme brulee to cheesecake. If you like global cuisines, then this is the best restaurant along the Fylde Coast for you.
Looking for cocktail bars in Lytham? Marvin’s is known as the home of Soul and Motown on the Fylde Coast, and when they’re not playing live music, their throwback tunes over the speakers will have you heading for the dance floor - even when it’s not busy. Marvin’s has an on-site mixologist serving up the best and freshest cocktails around. If you visit before the rush and ask nicely, he may shake up one of his own concoctions for you. You definitely won’t be left disappointed by the cocktail menu at Marvin’s. Whether you prefer something refreshing and tropical or something a bit stronger with more of a kick, there’s pretty much every cocktail you can imagine on the menu. So, the next time you’re planning a trip to the Fylde Coast, don’t forget to spend an evening at Marvin’s.
Olive Tree Brasserie
Hands down, one of the best places to eat along the Fylde Coast is Olive Tree Brasserie in Lytham. They serve Greek and Mediterranean food with a modern twist, and the interior is just breathtaking. In fact, we didn’t want to leave! With such a fantastic menu, it’s difficult to choose what to order. If you’re looking for a light starter, I would recommend their mixed dips platter which comes with warm pita bread. The falafel and garlic mushrooms are both great alternatives though.
Two of their most popular dishes are the Beef Stifado and the Lamb Kleftico, and believe me when I say you need to arrive on an empty stomach to finish these off. The meat in both dishes couldn’t have been cooked any more perfectly, and the flavours were incredible. They have a selection of kebabs available too, which you can have with a mixture of rice and chips if you want. Make sure you finish your dinner off with one of their desserts, like the Vegan Torte, and a couple of cocktails to round off your perfect evening. If you love Mediterranean food, then this is definitely one of the best places to eat in Lytham for you.
Quirky eateries don’t come much better than The Courtyard in Lytham. The vertical garden and wood panelled walls help to create a fantastic atmosphere inside. Get here early if you want a seat though! We stopped for breakfast and were blown away with how deliciously fresh everything was. If you don’t want a heavy breakfast, I would recommend their Marinated Feta, which includes toasted bread and two poached eggs. It’s incredibly tasty and a nice change from a full English breakfast. But if you're not in the mood for anything too fancy, you can always go for eggs on toast, done any way you like. Order one of their fruit smoothies to go with your breakfast and you’ll be leaving one happy customer. The Courtyard is a great place for breakfast (or lunch) along the Fylde Coast.
There are a lot of great places to eat in Lytham, but if you just fancy a drink and maybe a scone or cake, The Shambles is a nice option. One item on their drinks menu that I would highly recommend indulging in is their Oreo milkshake. The milkshake itself is drizzled with chocolate sauce and comes topped with whipped cream and an Oreo. The Shambles is also a popular spot for breakfast in Lytham, so if you’re out in the morning you can always pop in for a bite to eat.
If modern British cuisine is your thing, then you’ll want to visit The Firepit in St Annes. It has a huge menu to choose from, covering everything from steaks to burgers to mac ‘n’ cheese. They have a good selection of starters as well. We tried their garlic cheese bread and padron peppers which were perfectly cooked. Their steak on a stone is very popular, where customers are given a hot stone to cook it right at the table. If you’d rather have the chef cook your steak to your liking though, that’s an option too.
The pulled brisket burger is delicious, and a good alternative to the steak. It’s topped with crispy onions and is one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. If you have room left after eating all of this food, you can treat yourself to one of their desserts. Did someone say cheesecake? And let’s not forget the cocktails. Make sure you have at least one while you’re here because there are a lot of great options. The Firepit is the perfect place to eat along the Fylde Coast, especially if you’re a steak and cocktails kind of person.
Lytham St Annes is located a short drive down the coast from Blackpool, and is home to one of the best Italian restaurants along the Fylde Coast. Un Momento is an intimate family-run restaurant, tucked away down one of the side streets. The menu is a fusion of Sicilian and Sardinian food, and has a great selection of traditional dishes on it. If you love seafood, you’ll be spoiled for choice. But for us non-seafood lovers out there, Un Momento has plenty of dishes to choose from.
Make sure you start off your meal with the arancini ball and La Burrata salad. Trust me, you won’t want to share them. The carbonara is beautifully presented and bursting with fresh flavours, so if you’re in the mood for pasta I would choose that. They have plenty of pizzas on offer as well. They’re all freshly made, and the crust isn’t too overwhelming, so you should have no problems polishing it off by yourself. For dessert, the selection is small, but it’s not really a meal without a sweet at the end, so go ahead and indulge in a cannoli or tiramisu. If you’re planning to visit the Fylde Coast, make a note of Un Momento.
Hopefully my list of the best places to eat along the Fylde Coast has got you excited to visit this corner of the northwest. Whether you’re planning on eating out in Blackpool or going further afield, there are plenty of places to visit near Blackpool that boast some pretty amazing restaurants and cafes. After all, food is the most important part of any trip, so you might as well eat only the best and enjoy yourself. Don't forget to check out my recommendations for where to eat in Lancashire too.
Have you travelled around the Fylde Coast before? I’d love any input about what other restaurants, cafes, or bars you’d recommend, so please leave me a comment below. And if you haven’t done so already, you can follow my travels on Instagram too.
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