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1887 The Brew Room, Blackpool

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
139 Church Street

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Quinno _ left this review about 1887 The Brew Room

Smallish bar at the base of the Stanley Hotel. A live music venue with a CAMRA slant – check-out the framed aged What's Brewing covers! Decor pleasingly alehouse in style - tatty dark varnish wood, brick, sodium style lighting. A good soundtrack was being played at a sensible volume. Ten pumps with nine cask on, five from their pet brewery (West Coast Rock) plus four others. My Tangerine Dream was pretty tidy (NBSS 3.5). Also some keg stuff on the back wall. A nice bustling atmosphere and I enjoyed my 30 minutes in here.

On 8th May 2022 - rating: 8
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Rob Hunter left this review about 1887 The Brew Room

Visited on Sunday. Still has 10 hand pulls, 9 of which were on (5 of their own plus 4 guests). The Wonky Donkey IPA was very nice and no complaints about the price at £3.25 for the pint. Various keg taps too.

Food is still served - pies were advertised for £2.95 plus 50p extra for gravy, in addition to pizzas, smoked footlong sausages, and nachos.

Fairly quiet at the time of my visit on Sunday late afternoon, though there were a few other customers dotted about. Music was playing. TV screens are present but were switched off at the time of my visit.

Plenty to go at on the pumps if you like cask ale and it's one I will seek out again.

On 12th October 2021 - rating: 8
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Rob Hunter left this review about 1887 The Brew Room

No raucous groups at the bar this lunch time. 10 hand pulls for cask ale, a split of five of their own beers and five guests (though one of the guests was off). 10 craft keg type taps on the back wall in addition. Their Stout was £1.65 for a half, as were most of their own cask ales. Some of the guests were more expensive, but not by much.

Meals are served, consisting mainly of pizza, large smoked hot dogs, that kind of thing. It's family friendly as you would expect for the food offered. The young lady behind the bar appeared to be running the whole place, running the bar and kitchen and taking food orders out. This did mean there was a slight delay in getting served but she was very apologetic and it was certainly no big deal.

This is a pleasant pub with some character. Possibly some memorabilia may have come from the nearby Pump & Truncheon, as a "Police Enquiries" sign looked rather familiar. I noticed two TV screens, one was showing a TripAdvisor review page of the venue and the other was acting as a virtual fish tank.

Old copies of CAMRA's "What's Brewing" from 1989 were in frames. There was table football to the back of the pub. Dog friendly and free Wi-Fi.

I would love to spend longer here some time and drink my way through the beers. I felt the atmosphere was more relaxed than the nearby No. 13 Bonny Street that I visited beforehand. Music was playing and was pleasant and at a sensible volume.

One to return to!

On 22nd October 2019 - rating: 8
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Will Larter left this review about 1887 The Brew Room

Although the aims here, including the historical link to the founding of Blackpool FC and using only beers brewed on the premises or from regional brewers rather than international brands, are laudable, the execution, as in so many of Blackpool's pubs, is flawed. Partly this is because of the scale of the place - the original Stanley Arms has been extended into the next two houses, seemingly, and the whole space opened out with the exception of a few remnants of walls and the pillars required to keep the whole building from falling down. When we arrived, a large and raucous party of large and raucous men was occupying the space next to the bar, making it difficult to choose a beer and get served. There are 10 hand pumps, of which nine were in action at the time we arrived, soon to become eight as one of the beers we ordered ran out. There are also some keg taps on the bar back, one of which is for their own lager, served from a tank, plus several German beers in different styles. Everything was reasonably priced but the service was sloppy, with lively real ales being served through tight sparklers resulting in huge foaming heads and overflowing drip trays. The staff were doing their best, but with the pub being so busy they were constantly managing a crisis and this contributed to the sloppiness. On the beer front, there was a sameness about the real ales, all of which were pale and hoppy, with the exception of their own Oystons StOUT, a blueberry flavoured stout whose name riffs on the ongoing campaign by Seasiders supporters to have their owners, the Oystons, kicked out of the club. I had a half in solidarity.

On 24th September 2018 - rating: 5
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Colin Walker left this review about 1887 The Brew Room

The former Stanley Arms Hotel & latterly former Blue Room is now called 1887 Brew Room. The Brew Room is where Blackpool Football Club was originally formed (then called The Stanley Arms Pub). The pub only serves beers and ales that are either brewed on site or by regional brewers – no ales from major international brands are available. It also offers a specialist cocktails, ciders and spirits alongside a separate chocolate bar serving milkshakes and coffees, and a smokehouse offering food. The former Blackpool Mayor Robert Wynne has opened the pub and micro-brewery in one of the town’s most historic buildings. The place has its own micro-brewery called “West Coast Rock Brewery".

On 21st July 2018 - rating: 10
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Peter Rydings left this review about Blue Room

Its a lot cleaner than it was but the rock music is far too loud on a Wednesday night with just 3 in

On 15th March 2014 - rating: 6
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