Lancashire pubs that comfortably leave Wetherspoons in the shade

Pitch an evening out in Lancashire to anyone looking for a quick bite and cheap pints and you can guarantee the whisper of Wetherspoons will whirl its way into your plans.

There’s nothing wrong with spending an evening in The Sir Richard Owen in Lancaster, for example. Wetherspoons have a wealth of deals where you can spend less than £ 8 on a meal and a pint which is a quick option if you’re wanting to kill two birds with one stone.

While Wetherspoons has pocket money mixed grills, pubs across Lancashire are often forgotten about when it comes to an evening out – a pretty remarkable fact considering so many of them boast exceptional food menus and stunning views of the county.

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So, we’ve compiled a quick list of pubs in Lancashire that are so good you might find yourself saying no when your pal next asks ‘Wetherspoons?’ in the plan-making stage of your get together.

The Slipway – Burscough

The Slipway on Crabtree Lane in Ormskirk is sat alongside the canal and serves both food and drink. They also have a lunch menu where guests can get any two dishes for just £ 12 from Monday to Friday between 12pm and 3pm.



The Slipway on Crabtree Lane in Ormskirk

On TripAdvisor its been praised for its ‘top quality food’ and canal-side spot. User WendyR609 wrote: “Had a wonderful Sunday lunch today. The food was delicious and the service was great. The price is so reasonable, better than anywhere else in Burscough. If you want a great meal do not hesitate to go there. We will be back very soon, but probably will ask to sit upstairs as it’s a bit noisy downstairs. “

Wings & Beer Co – Preston

A Wetherspoons favorite is the small plates deal where you can mix and match any three small plates for around £ 12 on their new menu. Small plates there consist of items like Chicken Breast Bites, Chicken strips and wings.

If this is your thing, then Wings & Beer Co on Cannon Street in Preston is a good spot to try out. It even has a buffet menu, consisting of wings, Nachos, deep fried cheese sticks, onion rings and more for just £ 10 a head.

Wings & Beer Co’s drinks menu also features a 2-4-1 happy hour from Monday to Friday which starts at 5pm and ends at 8pm. The rest of their drinks menu includes cocktails, mocktails, shooters and craft beer cans.

On TripAdvisor, Wings & Beer Co have been praised for its ‘amazing’ food and service. One guest who visited three weeks ago wrote: “I’ve been meaning to write a review for some time having visited on many occasions. For me this is the best place to watch sports in Preston, the selection of beers is great and the food is superb. “

The Bridge – Blackpool

Rated # 2 of 120 Nightlife locations in Blackpool, The Bridge is certain to change your evening out for a long time. The Bridge describes itself as a family-friendly community pub in the heart of Blackpool, serving ‘great, cheap beer’ as well as entertainment.

Out of 404 reviews left by guests on TripAdvisor, 366 rate the pub as ‘excellent’ with its most popular mentions including ‘great pub’, ‘cheap drinks’ and ‘great laugh’.

Andrew M reviewed the pub this month describing it as ‘thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining with wonderful staff’, adding: “Very friendly and accommodating staff.great entertainment and relaxing atmosphere. Would definitely recommend as a family friendly bar. Nothing to complain about. Will definitely return on next visit. “

The Waterwitch – Lancaster

When it comes to pubs in Lancaster, its pretty hard to just choose one to recommend. Lancaster really is the place to be if you want a pub crawl with almost all of its independent pubs rating above or around 4-stars from previous guests on Google and on TripAdvisor.

For this list, the Waterwitch is sure to earn a place in your plans. Its canal side, has both indoor and outdoor seating and was originally converted from purpose-built stables in 1978.



The Waterwitch on Canal Tow Path, Aldcliffe Rd, Lancaster
The Waterwitch on Canal Tow Path, Aldcliffe Rd, Lancaster

It hosts a range of menus, with its quick bites like Sandwiches and Paninis averaging at around £ 6. But it also serves high quality main dishes all priced below £ 15 as well as a Build Your Own Board where items cost from £ 2- £ 4 to add.

One guest on TripAdvisor rated The Waterwitch five-stars and said: “Lovely lunch with my family this afternoon at the water witch. We had the ribs which were amazing, hunters chicken equally delicious and fish and chips and salmon which were amazing. Excellent service very friendly staff no faults At all can’t wait to come back. Thank you. “

Smugglers Den – Morecambe

Close to Morecambe promenade is the Smugglers Den, a traditional pub which claims to be Morecambe’s oldest dating back to the 1600s. It boasts a wealth of character being allegedly haunted and also having a secret tunnel which leads to the beach – for smuggling purposes, obviously.

The Poulton Road pub is open every day from midday until 11:30 pm, and while it isn’t currently serving food, its been praised for its warm welcome and drink prices.

Kieren A rated it five-stars on TripAdvisor naming it a ‘Great experience’ overall. He continued: “What a great experience. Everyone there – both staff and regulars – were so friendly and welcoming. Pair that with the beautiful antique decor, reasonably priced priced drinks, bring dog friendly and free juke box and you’re in for a fun night! “

The Bridge Bier Huis – Burnley

A quick Google search of ‘pubs in Burnley’ will show you that the top recommendation is The Boot Inn, Wetherspoons. But over on Bank Parade, The Bridge Bier Huis is ready to serve you a range of cask ales, Belgium and German beer in the bottle or by tap.

The Bridge Bier Huis regularly shares what’s on in its Tap Room on its social media pages, as well as its chefs specials which featured a Peppered Steak and Mushroom Pie served with chips or mash, mushy peas and real ale gravy for just £ 7.25 earlier this month.



The Bridge Bier Huis in Burnley
The Bridge Bier Huis in Burnley

Its been called a ‘cracking place’ by previous guests, boasting a 4.5 star rating overall following 93 reviews left by guests on TripAdvisor. User Hiltonstreetlad wrote: “Absolutely brilliant clean pub, great draft beers good selection from Europe.Staff very friendly and know there job, I’m an ex pub manager with Bass and I know this establishment is top, food served hot, on time and lovely. Toilets clean, Can’t fault this pub. “

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