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“Value for Money Early Evening Meals”

The Albert and The Lion
Ranked #68 of 738 Restaurants in Blackpool
Cuisines: British, Pub
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Value for Money Early Evening Meals”
Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

Called in for early evening meal on Friday 7 Feb 2014.
Nice friendly warm and relaxed atmosphere,pleasant bar servery staff , well presented dining and drinking area,and very clean customer convenience area.
High profile prominent sea front location with excellent views out to sea.
Food came piping hot and very well presented and was a very enjoyable reasonably priced meal. We shall return.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank keithjulieandadam
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English first
Blackburn, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Albert and the Lion”
Reviewed February 1, 2014

Marriott Edgar (1880 - 1951)
Poem written in the 1930's.

There's a famous seaside place called Blackpool,
That's noted for fresh-air and fun,
And Mr and Mrs Ramsbottom
Went there with young Albert, their son.

A grand little lad was their Albert
All dressed in his best; quite a swell
'E'd a stick with an 'orse's 'ead 'andle
The finest that Woolworth's could sell.

They didn't think much to the ocean
The waves, they was fiddlin' and small
There was no wrecks... nobody drownded
'Fact, nothing to laugh at, at all.

So, seeking for further amusement
They paid and went into the zoo
Where they'd lions and tigers and cam-els
And old ale and sandwiches too.

There were one great big lion called Wallace
His nose were all covered with scars
He lay in a som-no-lent posture
With the side of his face to the bars.

Now Albert had heard about lions
How they were ferocious and wild
And to see Wallace lying so peaceful
Well... it didn't seem right to the child.

So straight 'way the brave little feller
Not showing a morsel of fear
Took 'is stick with the'orse's 'ead 'andle
And pushed it in Wallace's ear!

You could see that the lion didn't like it
For giving a kind of a roll
He pulled Albert inside the cage with 'im
And swallowed the little lad... whole!

Then Pa, who had seen the occurrence
And didn't know what to do next
Said, "Mother! Yon lions 'et Albert"
And Mother said "Eeh, I am vexed!"

So Mr and Mrs Ramsbottom
Quite rightly, when all's said and done
Complained to the Animal Keeper
That the lion had eaten their son.

The keeper was quite nice about it
He said, "What a nasty mishap
Are you sure that it's your lad he's eaten?"
Pa said, "Am I sure? There's his cap!"

So the manager had to be sent for
He came and he said, "What's to do?"
Pa said, "Yon lion's 'eaten our Albert
And 'im in his Sunday clothes, too."

Then Mother said, "Right's right, young feller
I think it's a shame and a sin
For a lion to go and eat Albert
And after we've paid to come in!"

The manager wanted no trouble
He took out his purse right away
And said, "How much to settle the matter?"
And Pa said "What do you usually pay?"

But Mother had turned a bit awkward
When she thought where her Albert had gone
She said, "No! someone's got to be summonsed"
So that were decided upon.

Round they went to the Police Station
In front of a Magistrate chap
They told 'im what happened to Albert
And proved it by showing his cap.

The Magistrate gave his o-pinion
That no-one was really to blame
He said that he hoped the Ramsbottoms
Would have further sons to their name.

At that Mother got proper blazing
"And thank you, sir, kindly," said she
"What waste all our lives raising children
To feed ruddy lions? Not me!"

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank KevinH H
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Well run chain pub”
Reviewed January 31, 2014 via mobile

Whatever time of day or night, busy or empty, your wait at the bar is never long. Never dined there, but the food looks well presented. Always first on the list for an early morning pint!

Visited February 2014
Thank Paul1701
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Walked in. Walked out”
Reviewed January 14, 2014 via mobile

I went here with my girlfriend for tea and coffee. As I stood at the bar I could see people getting alcohol to my left and hot drinks to the right. I chose the que the the right. The Irishman making the drinks had his back to me for 15 minuets. He then turned round and shouted 4 cappuccinos to which I asked if I could place my order. He replied I don't take the orders, you need to go to the bar and join the line behind this lot. With an attitude like this I'm amazed Weatherspoons let this man loose with hot water because he is incapable of working a till or customer services. Get rid of him.

Visited January 2014
2 Thank Dave G
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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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462 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2014

We visit Wetherspoon when we are travelling around the country as it's usually good food and good value for money drinks - the staff in this particular venue appear to be less enthusiastic about their jobs than many of the other venues we have visited, to the point of rudeness with a "couldn't care less attitude"
This venue when busy is very cramped and not as welcoming as the other two Wetherspoon pubs in Blackpool - not helped by the fact at the moment there is boarding up at the front of the building, which detracts from the sea / promenade view.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Michael T
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