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The Taps, Lytham Town Centre, Lytham St. Annes

12 Henry Street
Lytham St. Annes
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Taps

We really enjoyed our visit to this proper drinker's pub, with no sign of any food service in sight. The pub had a good atmosphere and the beer quality was excellent. 12 handpumps on this visit, serving 10 ales and 2 ciders. We went for the Fixed Wheel Wheelie Pale and sat near the wood burning stove briefly before running for the train.

On 1st March 2020 - rating: 8
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Danny O'Revey left this review about The Taps

Proper beer drinkers pub, good space, wood boards, good beer, quality

On 20th October 2019 - rating: 9
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Taps

Tucked away down a quiet side street between the market and seafront, the Taps is a classic, traditional alehouse set in a couple of former ostler's cottages. The pub was previously known as the Captain's Cabin, before being taken over by landlord Ian Rigg in 1992. He restored the pub's traditional look by removing all of the plasterboard and exposing the brickwork beneath, organised beach parties when the pub would be carpeted with sand, laid turf throughout the bar whenever the Open Championship came to Royal Lytham St Annes and introduced an ale policy which saw the pub win numerous CAMRA awards, culminating with a final four place in the 2010 National Pub of the Year award.
Having retired in 2012, the pub is thankfully still in very good hands and I was pleased to find an excellent ale selection at the bar. The options on my visit were Moorhouse Pendle Witches Brew, Bank Top Dark Mild, Arbor Motueka, Great Heck Amish Mash, Northumberland Touchdown, Portobello Market Porter, Everards Tiger, 1643 Viscount Golden Ale, house beer Titanic Taps Bitter and one solitary Greene King brew - IPA. One final handpull was set aside for a real cider and the beer range was expanded upon across a keg range that eschewed the usual national brands. I tried the Dark Mild, which was outstanding and the Motueka which was also very good and seemed very popular with the locals. Boards above the bar detail some of the drinks options with some creative arty images to illustrate them, whilst a board to the side of the bar lists all of the ales, complete with tasting notes. The service was excellent and the barman who poured my second pint was a friendly chatty bloke, up for a bit of banter with his customers.
The pub is bare boarded, with a simple, single room interior and the servery running along the back wall. the front doors have stained glass with the pub's logo in them, which is a nice touch. The dark wood servery is notable for the vast collection of pump clips that are suspended from above and the beer credentials are added to by a large stack of CAMRA magazines from around the country which are piled up on a shelf to the right of the bar. There is an open space directly opposite the servery, broken up by a couple of brick pillars surrounded by drinking shelves (one of which has an old punch-card clock on it) and high stools. The majority of the seating options are arranged around the perimeter of the room, mostly comprising standard tables and chairs and the odd pew. The right hand side of the room displays a lot of rugby memorabilia - a nod to the former landlord's passion for the game and the fact that ex-England and Fylde RFC star Bill Beaumont is a frequent customer. Elsewhere there are nice bits of breweriana on display, book shelves, lifeboat memorabilia, a dartboard and a jug collection. There is apparently a small yard to the rear of the pub, amusingly known as the 'Yard of Ale', although I didn't get a chance to see it.
I really loved this pub and thought it was the sort of place you could happily lose several hours in - had I not needed to catch a bus back to Blackpool, I would've probably stayed until closing time. This is easily the best pub in Lytham, from the warm, welcoming atmosphere to the great beer, it wins hands down, and it makes a good case for being regarded the best pub on the Fylde peninsula.

On 31st March 2014 - rating: 9
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Map location corrected by Sam Millar
Lytham, 0.28 miles, 5 min walk (show)
Ansdell & Fairhaven, 1.52 miles, 29 min walk (show)
Moss Side, 2.95 miles, 57 min walk (show)
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25th May 2020, 16:19
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1st Mar 2020, 15:14
Review submitted by Real Ale Ray

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 05 January 2014 by ROB Camra
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  • Car Park : No last updated 05 January 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : Yes last updated 05 January 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 05 January 2014 by ROB Camra
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