Roberts Oyster Bar Blackpool

February 4, 2012 at 3:21 pm
If you visit Blackpool and you are looking for a sample of North and Irish Sea cuisine, look no further than Roberts Oyster Bar Blackpool. The backbone of Blackpool community comprises a vibrant fishing community, braving dangerous seas to bring back mariner delights for our dinner tables. Established in 1876, Roberts Oyster Bar is something of a local legend. Serving oysters, shrimp, cockles, mussels, whelks, and crabs in a casual, and price effective manner. It doesn’t need to be too decorated or modern, as the quality of the fresh catch speaks for itself. Victorian Roots “Roberts” is a surname which christened the Oyster Bar, which is one of the only Victorian era attractions on the north side of the promenade today. The bar has always been run by a descendant of that family, making it one of the longest family run businesses in Blackpool. There are some snapshots on the walls of the history of the place, featuring dark oak wooden panelling, and a bar where you can pull up a chair and eat oysters with champagne. Nowadays, it is more a street vendor, where you pull up to the take-away counter and order your shellfish. There are  a few tables and chairs where you can sit down to eat, but apart from that, it is pretty much food to go. Next to the gleaming shellfish, you can get waffles and soft drink now, and I’m told that while it is not quite the same as days past, the shellfish is still of excellent quality. If you fancy strolling along the promenade with fresh winkles, pulling them out of their little shells, and dunking them in a sauce, this is the ideal place to buy them. According to reviews, the cockles are also excellent, and lightly vinegary. Whatever your views on the history and modern take on Roberts Oyster Bar, Blackpool, it is still the best, and best priced, place to get hold of fresh shellfish caught in the area. Nothing beats a day at the sea-side, partaking of one of its finest traditions; shellfish on the sea. Visit Roberts Oyster Bar Blackpool, if only to partake in a grand tradition, and sample those cockles and oysters.