The best all-day full English breakfasts in Lancashire

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Sometimes we just have hankering for a full English breakfast, here’s the places you can find a great one in Lancashire

 

A breakfast at Ravenous in Preston
Ravenous in Preston is also know for its great tea and coffee (Image: Ravenous)

Sometimes, all that is really needed is a good full English breakfast to set you up for the day.

And sometimes you don’t want to devour it the morning, but at lunchtime or even early afternoon.

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And there’s nothing worse than getting ready, heading out only to find that arguably one of Britain’s favourite dishes has stopped being served at 11am.

So we asked you to let us know where the best places to grab an all-day breakfast in Lancashire.

And here’s a selection of your favourites….

The Village Store, Bar & Bistro, Helmshore

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This is a multi-functional place, with a farm shop, cafe, bar and it also caters for outside events.

But among the vast array of options on the menu for breakfast and lunch, the all-day breakfast is a firm favourite.

You can even order in advance online or on the venue’s app.

Reviewing the venue on Facebook, Sharlancashire wrote: “Had a full English breakfast, which was very tasty. Huge portions and good quality produce. The staff were very efficient, friendly and attentive. Would highly recommend a visit. The menu is varied and provide gluten free and vegetarian options”.

The Old Bell, Lancaster

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Russell Irvine is so impressed with the Old Bell, which is located in Lancaster town centre, he keeps coming back for more

In his review on Facebook, he said: “I come back time and time again these guys never fail to deliver great food at great prices. “Staff are very attentive and pleasant. Great breakfast”.

The venue is also vegetarian and vegan-friendly and serves other brunch and lunch dishes and opens until 4pm seven days a week.

Snax Sandwich and Pie Shop, Chorley

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This full English doesn’t mess around and includes two rashers of bacon, two sausages, fired egg, hash brown, mushrooms, beans, tomatoes, two slices of toast and tea or coffee, all for a fiver.

The cafe also offers a takeaway and delivery service, withy sandwich platters, afternoon teas, homemade cakes and traditional pies also on the menu.

With a five-star rating on Facebook and TripAdvisor, this place doesn’t need any thrills as it does the talking with the quality of its food.

Louise Ann Reilly said in her review on Facebook: “Food is lovely and fresh. staff friendly and nothing is too much trouble! Would definitely recommend food from here” while Michelle Abela wrote: “Very reasonable prices, you also get your brew included and decent sized portions”.

Ravenous, Preston

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A cafe in Preston, Ravenous is known for its excellent tea and coffee, while also serving one of the best all-day breakfasts in the area.

Its caters for diners looking for vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian diners and also offers takeout.

In a review on tripAdvisor, BigFoodBrother said “you cannot go wrong” with trying the vegan or meat breakfast option, while “staff are friendly and locally minded which makes it a pleasure to go in”.

And customer Emma Lowther-Wright write on Facebook: “As always, beautifully cooked breakfasts, the new vegan sausages are delicious – the best breakfast in the city”.

Hugo’s, Burscough

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A family-friendly, dog-welcoming cafe and bar which specialises in breakfast and brunch, serving food until 3pm every day.

Hugo’s is located in Burscough’s lively and bustling cobbled wharf, which is a short walk from the Liverpool-Leeds canal, where you can find pretty barges and touring boats moored.

The full English is this cafe’s ‘bread and butter’ and by far one of their most frequently requested dishes, along with the egg’s benedict and fresh daily special.

Reviewing the family-run cafe on TripAdvisor, Mariewarrington007 said : “Great staff, very attentive, friendly and helpful. The drinks and food were served very quickly and were hot and well presented, they were also generous portions. We will definitely eat here again”.

While ScouseNotEnglish wrote: “Had a full English, beautiful! Staff 10/10 food was cooked perfectly though some could have been a touch hotter but o/w cant fault the place. Clean and COVID compliant, fast and courteous service, lovely little place. Oh they allow dogs too”.

JKS Cafe & Grill, Blackpool

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Located a stone’s throw form the seaside town’s West Street Car Park and a short walk from the North Pier, this cafe is ideal for anyone looking to start a busy day at the seaside with a good, hearty feed.

You can accompany your breakfast with a drink from the fully-licenced bar, while there is also outdoor seating to enjoy on a clear day.

Regular Blackpool visitor Lloydy78 says of JKS on TripAdvisor: “We have been coming to Blackpool for years and this place has the best breakfast hands down. Not only that but the staff are friendly and accommodating, prices are good and the food is immense. We were here all the time, it is absolutely boss”.

JJ’s, Burnley

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“JJ’s the best place in the world – never mind Lancashire- for your breakfast and much more. A warm welcome, great service and fantastic, good value food guaranteed! What more could you want? ” says Michelle Abela in her recommendation to us, for this family-run cafe based at The Dugdale.

High praise indeed.

The pub-style interior is welcoming, clean and modern and if the rain stays away, you can choose to sit outside on one of the picnic benches.

Tracey Ball was very impressed with her breakfast, taking up the optional extras of mushrooms and black pudding in the Facebook review.

 

 

Blackpool apprentice wins top national title

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A Blackpool electrical apprentice has won a top national award.

 

JTL, the training provider for electrical, heating and plumbing, has named Blackpool-based Nathan Pryce, as the winner of JTL’s National Apprentice of the Year Award for 2021.

After being crowned the electrical winner for his academic and practical progress at JTL’s. regional awards earlier this year, Nathan went on to compete against nine other electrical and mechanical engineering services winners at the national ceremony in London.

As part of the selection process, each finalist was invited to be interviewed via an online platform by JTL’s chief executive Jon Graham, as well as national delivery director Judi Wheeler.

JTL chairman, Geoff Russell and top apprentice Nathan Pryce from Blackpool

JTL chairman, Geoff Russell and top apprentice Nathan Pryce from Blackpool

Nathan, who was awarded an engraved glass trophy and £1,000 cheque from JTL, said: “To say that it feels amazing to have won the overall National Apprentice of the Year award is an understatement.

“I have overcome a lot of personal challenges in my life and, to me, this award is a symbol of how far I have come and all that I have achieved.

“To receive such a major award is in itself a great milestone and an excellent addition to my professional CV.”

Nathan’s employer at JET Electrical, Jonathan Thackray, said: “He deserves all the success he has received, and he truly is an excellent role model for apprenticeship schemes everywhere.

“Nathan has a relentless attitude and drive to succeed, which is wonderful to see in someone so young and should stand him in good stead in his future.”

Jon Graham, chief executive at JTL, said: “Our awards are a great opportunity to recognise the excellence of our top apprentices and it’s been a pleasure getting to know Nathan, as

well as the other finalists as part of this process.”

 

 

Mega Blackpool glow-in-the-dark mini golf that’s perfect for a rainy day

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The glow in the dark course has been praised by customers for being fun and affordable

 

Graffiti Golf in Blackpool
Graffiti Golf in Blackpool has an incredible glow in the dark course (Image: Graffiti Golf)

Crazy golf can provide so much fun and entertainment for all ages – and one Blackpool attraction has made the game even more exciting.

Graffiti Golf is an indoor crazy golf centre with a twist – and that’s because the course glows in the dark.

Situated on the seafront on Central Promenade it’s perfect for those days when you want to escape the rain and entertain the kids and also makes for a great date night or evening out with friends.

Inside you’ll find 12 holes across two floors, with each hole having a different theme including “the ship yard”, “the underground”, and “the den hole”.

Graffiti Golf also has a fun-filled arcade if you’re looking for something to after you’ve finished putting.

The attraction has a 4/5 rating on TripAdvisor, with many visitors saying that they’d “definitely come again”.

Reviewer lizzy21 described it as “perfect for a wet day/night in Blackpool”.

Graffiti Golf is perfect for families to enjoy during the day or for a night out with pals
Graffiti Golf is perfect for families to enjoy during the day or for a night out with pals (Image: Graffiti Golf)

Leahmm wrote: “Was a cool place and something different good price and a lot of holes would recommend to do again. Different holes with different styles was good”

Rachey13 added: “Great attraction to visit if you’re after something to do as a family other than being stuck in the amusements! Reasonably priced and a good course.”

The venue is open from 10am til late and can be found next to SEA LIFE.

It costs £8 for adults and it’s £5 for under 14s. A family ticket (two adults and two children) costs £22.

 

I went to see Blackpool’s ‘palmists to the stars’ and she predicted babies… and jealousy

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Blackpool is famous for its fortune tellers and clairvoyants – but what’s it actually like to get your palm read? We find out…

 

LancsLive's Rebecca Lockwood visits palm reader Leanora
LancsLive’s Rebecca Lockwood visits palm reader Leanora (Image: LancsLive)

Blackpool is pretty remarkable when it comes to tourist attractions.

It’s got everything you could possibly need to have a fun-fuelled day out; Pleasure Beach, The Blackpool Tower Dungeon, go-karts, an entire Magaluf-like strip of arcades and more.

But one thing that Blackpool is famous for is its fortune tellers, palm readers and clairvoyants.

When it comes to spirituality, I am firmly on the fence. Whenever anything to do with the afterlife or religion or anything in the realm of ‘spiritual’ comes up in conversation I simply say: “I don’t know”.

I had never been to a palm reader or clairvoyant before, but as I passed the doors of Leanora Petulengro in Blackpool I was more intrigued than I had been before.

The waiting room for Leanora’s service was full of tourists waiting for a reading and I was spurred on to see if it was all really believable.

I whacked £20 out of a nearby cashpoint and joined the queue. Turns out, I’m due a marriage proposal, but what else does my future hold and how accurate to me is it all?

Two children are on their way ‘soon’

I made my way into the private reading room and lay out my palms in front of Leanora. Between us was a covid-screen and my genuine nerves about the whole thing.

Being in your early twenties is a pretty reckless time and I suppose I didn’t want Leanora to tell me everything was going to go downhill very quickly. Leanora read my palm and immediately we were on to parenthood.

Leanora is a 'palmist to the stars'
Leanora is a ‘palmist to the stars’ (Image: LancsLive)

I was surprised I didn’t get uncomfortable, babies are definitely out of the picture for me at present, but I was shocked when she asked if I was already a parent. I laughed and said no.

My palms said I was having two children, a boy and a girl, and they would come soon.

I suddenly started wondering if I should leg it to Boots and grab a pregnancy test, or whether the two would arrive in a basket via a Stalk courier like an old-fashioned Amazon delivery.

We moved on quick enough for me not to have a pregnancy-scare meltdown on the prom.

I’m on my way to a wedding AND a christening soon

Not only do I have a long happy life to look forward to, but my palms said I’m on my way to a wedding and a christening soon.

This was much to my disbelief, I don’t personally have any engaged or pregnant friends so such events seemed pretty off the cards to me.

“It will be good for you,” Leanora said, “you should go.”

I don’t know how I’m going to get myself invited to such events, but if anyone wants to test the truth behind my palms feel free to chuck me over a friendly invite.

Apparently I’m surrounded by jealousy

My palms told Leanora that I’d just had a career change, which is true. I’ve recently graduated from uni and have been lucky enough to land myself here at LancsLive – a job that keeps me in Lancaster.

But, Leanora said, you’re surrounded by a lot of jealousy. My palms’ point about jealousy was the only negative to my palm reading.

She didn’t tell me who or what or how, but I don’t think it’s a stretch to say comparisons in your early twenties are rife. Everyone you know is doing something or other, if they’re not working they might be having kids or travelling the world. Fair enough, I thought. Leanora told me to let it go, so I did.

I’m due a marriage proposal

Next up, we were straight onto my current partner. We met earlier this year through the dating app Hinge, and have been together since March 2021.

Leanora told me that I would marry my current partner and our marriage would be “happy” and “comfortable”.

According to my palms, my partner, Max, is set to own property soon and we’ll move in together. Good for him, I thought, and good for me I guess – I have a lot of questions, will I be paying rent?

That wasn’t a stone throw away from the truth to be honest, we’ve had the discussion about moving in together but the timing is yet to fall into place.

I didn’t have the chance to ask Leanora about the rent arrangement as she quickly told me I would acquire my own property eventually. Great, I thought, I don’t know why we need so much property though.

Now, my palms said, I’m expecting a proposal. Leanora asked if I had the offer of marriage yet and I said no, thinking to myself please hold your horses. We’ve been together for under a year.

But generally the reading made me feel happy. Whether I believe her or not, it offered me a sense of security in my relationship that can often feel up-in-the-air when you’re navigating your twenties.

That’s when it all made sense.

The queues to these places are so incomprehensible to people who feel secure in their present lives, but for people who are worried or insecure or hopeless – or maybe just curious – your concerns are seen immediately through your hands.

Whether you believe it or not, there’s something comforting about a stranger telling you it’s going to be okay – but maybe I got lucky, I cannot imagine the sheer panic of hearing anything worse than ‘two babies are on the way’ from my palms.

Top Blackpool restaurant manager’s perfect response to ‘watery beer’ accusation

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‘Sadly I don’t think our restaurant is for you if you liken it to your local takeaway’

 

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Generic image of beers (Image: Copyright Unknown)

A manager has hit back at claims beer was ‘watered down’ at a Chinese restaurant.

A customer of Michael Wan’s Mandarin Cantonese Restaurant, on Clifton Street in Blackpool, wrote about their experience on TripAdvisor.

After visiting in July, a two star review titled ‘did not live up to reputation’ was posted.

The review expressed dissatisfaction at food and drinks – noting that the ‘beer was watery’ and complaints about portion sizes.

But they did complement the restaurant on their decor and atmosphere, and praised the staff for adhering to strict social distancing rules.

It seems that wasn’t enough to persuade them to return, however, ending the review with ‘nothing special I’m afraid, sorry’.

The full review said: “Was lovely decor, clean to a degree but table was so sticky the paper menu stuck to it and tore! Nice atmosphere, Covid rules being stuck to very well, lots of attentive staff, all welcoming.

“Food arrived promptly and was hot but that’s all really, was unimpressed by it if i’m honest. Ordered double spirits and was given singles, beer was watery, coke was flat and warm.

“Ordered a large fried rice and a small one, large arrived on a plate, small arrived in a covered bowl but when the bowl was tipped out on the plate, it was the exact quantity of the large portion! Small was £4.40, large was billed as £9.50 but we were charged £11.50 for it on the bill.

“Twice cooked pork seemed to be just 3 strips of thin streaky bacon cut into 4 pieces, expected pork belly or something thicker.

“Everything was over salted and was cooked with chilli and had more raw chilli sprinkled on it. Ribs and noodles were nice.

“First time going but will sadly probably be the last, was expensive for local takeaway standard food (average £40 per head for starter, main and a drink) nothing special I’m afraid, sorry!”

The general manager at Michael Wan’s Mandarin Cantonese Restaurant responded to the review – hitting back at claims the beer was watered down.

Michael Wan's Mandarin Cantonese Restaurant, Blackpool
Michael Wan’s Mandarin Cantonese Restaurant, Blackpool

They also said that many issues mentioned in the scathing review could have been solved if staff were informed of them.

Ending their response, the manager suggested that the restaurant ‘wasn’t for’ them if ‘you liken it to your local takeaway’.

The response said: “Thanks for your kind words about our restaurant decor, staff and atmosphere. We do keep the restaurant very clean and follow covid measures as you mention, this would account for the sticky tables as the sanitiser we use does leave a little residue.

“We have spoken to the team and they don’t remember anyone complaining about the things you mention, had you done so they would have done what they could to resolve the issues at the time, unfortunately there is little we can do a few days after.

“I’m not sure what happened with the drinks, beer is supplied in sealed barrels or bottles so if you’re suggesting it’s watered down, this simply isn’t true or possible. Our soft drinks are usually served with plenty of ice, so apologies if this wasn’t the case on this occasion, again if you’d mentioned it to one of the team they would have been happy to change it for you.

“I’ve checked all the bills from the last two days but can’t see one matching what you mention above so it’s difficult to know where the 11.50 came from. As you mention, large special fried rice is 9.50 but a small special fried rice is 6.50. Steamed rice is 2.60 and egg fried rice 3.20. Special, steamed and egg fried rice do come in different portion sizes as they contain different ingredients, a large special may well be the same as a small steamed. Even so I’m not sure how it could be 11.50 as out billing system generates the bill from the individual prices.

“We do use 100% belly pork, it is supplied in large joints which are then finely sliced. Sadly I don’t think our restaurant is for you if you liken it to your local takeaway, we do continually check the food coming out of the kitchen so are happy that we do provide an excellent standard of food.

“”Also reading your other reviews the salt issue might be down to your personal taste preference as it seems a common theme throughout, perhaps mention you prefer less salt when ordering.”

Michael Wan’s Mandarin Cantonese Restaurant has a 4.5 star rating on TripAdvisor – and is ranked as number 11 out of 427 restaurants in Blackpool.