Hi Dog friends,
First off was finding somewhere to stay. Hum rang lots of hotels including Maples; The Savoy and the Elgin and found that in nearly all the hotels dogs could stay in the bedrooms but nowhere else in the hotel so nowhere to eat or have a drink or a cup of tea!
Hum didn’t think that was very practical and I didn’t think it was very dog friendly so we thankfully finally found the absolutely wonderful and VERY dog friendly Chesterfield hotel @ (see previous Blog).
Next issue was finding somewhere to eat! The Chesterfield has a lounge and bar area (both dog friendly) but doesn’t serve evening meals so we needed to find dog friendly eateries.
There are some pubs where dogs are allowed in such as the Lifeboat and The Old Bridge BUT again they don’t serve meals.
For evenings there is the Pump & Truncheon which is a really lovely friendly pub that serves real ale for the Humans and lets dogs in BUT they only serve pizza so not a lot of choice 😉 I mean the pizza was delicious! I had the meat feast with Hum but apparently humans don’t want to eat the same meal every night….
Julie at The Chesterfield does dog sitting so you humans can go and have different meals and you can always eat a take away there but so far Blackpool is not rating highly as a dog friendly holiday destination!
So what is the town itself like for us four-legged folk? Well my friends we are allowed on the trams @ both the new ones and the Heritage Trams that go up and down the pier. Hum decided we would take the new tram to the end of the line to a place called Fleetwood.
Fleetwood has a famous market and there is a great walk along the seafront where there are also boating lakes and a Memorial Garden. We stopped to chat to some folk at the Ferry Café which had tables outside to sit with your dog but we also did see a dog go inside so that may be a place to visit…otherwise take your Humans to The Steamer Pub near the market as it is dog friendly.
After a walk around Fleetwood, we took the tram back to Blackpool Tower. Now us dog folk aren’t allowed into the Tower at Blackpool nor are we allowed on the Piers which is a shame. They looked like a lot of fun 🙁
I wanted a ride on a Horse and Cart that was dog friendly but Hum wanted to go on a Heritage Tram and actually that was well cool and I got lots of fussing from the driver and conductor.
We got off at The Pleasure Beach and I must say my dog pals, I am REALLY glad we aren’t allowed in there and on those scary rides!!!
A stroll along the New South Promenade takes you past the world’s biggest glitter ball which Hum was very taken by – she LOVES the TV show Strictly Come Dancing and as part of it is staged in the Blackpool Tower then they seem to have honoured it with this BIG sculpture – apparently your humans will understand the significance more than us dogs…
Across the road from the Glitter Ball is the Solaris Centre @ where you will find Chicco’s Café which is dog friendly! Yeah! There are 2 tables inside set aside for people with dogs and the kind lady who served us gave me water and chopped up my sausage for me! Now that is good service! Chicco’s really has a lovely atmosphere and Hum said the coffee was excellent! Praise indeed from Hum.
The main beach in Blackpool has restrictions between May and September but there are beaches at either side of the piers which are dog friendly all year. I was lucky we were there just at the end of April so I got to play on the main beach just at the end of the road and across the prom from the hotel.
The beaches are all lovely however and you will defo have a good time with plenty of sand to run on and sea to splash in and you can always take the tram to the dog friendly part of the coast.
Another good place to go for a walk is Stanley Park which is enormous and there are lots of walks (some places to get off lead) and lakes and wildlife to check out.
So what did I make of Blackpool? Well not the most dog friendly place in the universe by any means with only 1 really dog friendly hotel and 2 dog friendly eateries.
So sorry Blackpool not my highest paw rating – definitely room for improvement!
BUT my friends, if your Humans do take you to Blackpool make sure you stay at The Chesterfield and visit the Pump and Truncheon and say ‘hi’ to my new friends Julie & Steve at the hotel and Kelsie and Joe at the pub.