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Pump and Truncheon, Blackpool

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This was the one of the best 2 pubs we found on our weekend in Blackpool.

The other one being The Little Black Pug on Talbot Road.

The Truncheon has a very traditional pub décor inside with beams and wooden floorboards, with part flagstone floor around the fireplace.

Very friendly nice mix of people in the pub. It's on a back street with nothing much on it, so the chances of getting invaded by stag party lager louts are minimal.

They had 4 real ciders in those box things on the bar, but sadly the draught cider was Strongbow ... which I can't stand.

It's also the CAMRA 2017 Blackpool area pub of the year.
Pat_Bateman - 30 Jan 2018 15:19
Visited here at the start of October while in Blackpool with the family. I could have dragged them into a Spoons but saw the signs for this pub boasting real ales and being family friendly, thought I would check it out. It doesn't look much from the outside (a bit run down, even) but on entering it looks much more promising.

I went for a pint of Lytham Blonde, there was another by Lytham on plus a couple of other "unusual" ales. I could have spent a while in there but alas I was only staying for one! The pub is fairly traditional looking, plenty of wood, and police paraphernalia.

Definitely recommended.
RealAleRobUK - 7 Nov 2016 17:30
The Pump & Truncheon was my favourite pub I tried in Blackpool this weekend. I arrived quite late on Saturday evening and was the last to be served before they shut up shop for the evening. The pub has a fairly basic interior that was decked out for Halloween. Being at the rear of the main buildings of the Promenade, it was quiet enough to enjoy a couple of swift halves, but busy enough to have an atmosphere. The barmaid was friendly. 6 ales were on - Pig Iron EPA, Cottage Red Fang, Bristol Beer Factory Enigma, Sharps Doom Bar, Cross Bar Witching Hour & Fuggle Bunny Brew House Cotton Tail. Ciders and perries were Aspalls Waddlegoose Lane Blueberry, Lilleys Sunset Cider, Snails Bank Tumbledown Perry & Very Perry, Cock Eyed Mad Jack, Cotswold Cider Company Yellow Hammer & No Brainer & Orchard Pig Maverick. Recommended.
blue_scrumpy - 31 Oct 2016 19:05
We were in Blackpool for only two and a half days, and ended up in here on the second and third. Would have stayed longer, but train was booked.
Excellent ale, very friendly, chatty and knowledgeable staff. (Thanks Alex and Louisa)
THE place to go in this hell-hole. Local regulars are a great laugh.
We shall definitely return.
The_Heavy_Fandango - 25 Sep 2014 14:18
I quite liked the 'rustic' feeling of this pub, which gives it a bit of character in town otherwise known for kitsch faded glamour. This is a refreshing step back to reality. You're in a Blackpool side street, you duck into the Pump & Truncheon for some proper beer and quickly settle into one of the few pubs not blaring out karaoke and selling fizzy swill passed as beer. They had three ales on tap and several real ciders. Prices were very good and they offer discount to CAMRA members.
Richard_ReadingFC - 11 Aug 2014 11:47
Decent real ale pub in blackpool (not many to choose from) good beers and cheap meal deals on offer everytime i've visited. pity there's not a few more pubs like it in the town instead of the usual dives.
Boster - 16 Feb 2014 20:34
Quite a haven for real ale drinkers who don't like Wetherspoons (Which is all of them.) It's my pub of choice in Blackpool and a great little back street pub with friendly staff and a charming atmosphere. Usually sees Cross Bay beers which is brilliant. Although I've never seen it really busy at all, there is usually chatty locals in there and real ale drinkers.

Worth a visit, if I was going to mention any pub in central Blackpool to go for, this would be my #1.
spaced7 - 8 Sep 2013 03:19
Hadn't been in for many a long year so rectified that before the football (it's an easy walk from the pub to the ground). A range of beers - I enjoyed a Jennings ale and a very good chicken wrap. Busy as you might expect on a football Saturday but home and away fans mixed comfortably - I think the real ale was a common bond! Was originally a Hogshead and still shows signs of their interior decor! Could probably now do with a facelift but is still probably the best boozer in this part of town and always worth a visit.
mcroyal - 27 Aug 2013 12:20
Don't let the pealing dark paint outside put you off, this is a gem in Blackpool as most of the other places are dumps. Sited just south of the tower and on a back street by the cop shop. 6 real ales on and a continual change over according to beer signs hanging from the bar ceiling. While the beer is smooth up north the prices are low thank goodness. Most were northern beers, including Jenning's and Clark's, except for Pedigree on this day. All were fine. My female chum states the female loo was civilized. Wooden interior with no stupid carpet in sight, and a lot of bare brick wall. Drinkers were a mixed bunch, not just in for the football, but mostly hiding from the awful weather. The pool table took too much space up which could be a problem on a busy day. Certainly worth going to.
WeazelTimes - 15 May 2013 11:28
A bit run down and tatty looking. Ale was okay but route to bar was obstructed by dozey Jeremy Kyle-ites with beneift brats in baby buggies. Posh by Blackpool standards though.
Snarling_Mallard - 21 Apr 2013 11:50
Pleasant town centre back street boozer. Black & white Tudor exterior. Inside its open plan, rustic & bare with a stone floor & log fire. Decor on the walls as the name suggests is police themed with plenty of shields on the wall from various police forces. 12 whiskies & Belgian beers on offer as well as cask ales. Worth a visit. The only downside was the gent's toilets which absolutely stank on my visit.
happytyskie - 4 May 2012 12:12
Back to having 3 beers on handpump. Usually 2 regular (ish) beers in Acorn Barnsley Bitter & A Copper Dragon with a changing guest. A very drinkable 3 Bees beer called bee thrifty on my recent visit.
Worth a port of call in Blackpool's Real Ale Desert.
bloomfieldjpm - 12 Nov 2010 16:48
Visited the pub again recently whilst visiting Blackpool. We were more than satisfied with the standard and selection of real ales and food. Good Job!!
Chatterboxx - 23 Aug 2010 03:18
An average bar in an awful place - the beer was reasonably priced (£5.00) for a round but lacking in atmoshpere. A fairly average pint.
dazzadurham - 15 Aug 2010 22:40
cant believe this is same pub that i visited 3 years ago., no atmosphere what so ever chef aragent 4 of us ordered sunday lunch and was told only ckicken available, which we ordered after a 30 minute wait and we were the only ones waiting it came out, warm and you could taste it was microwave food, which shouldnt be allowed as they advertise as home cooked food, also it was covered in parsley, as i dont like any herbs or spices i felt we should have been given the choice of these herbs, after tasting it i took it back to bar, and was told that the chef used these herbs for decoration and then he shrouged his shoulders at me, and barmaid never spoke, we always went to this pub when we visited blackpool and always had a beautiful meal with a good atmosphere, we will never be back there.
barmpot - 3 Aug 2010 16:45
Fairly traditional-looking pub close to the centre of Blackpool (just one street back from the Promenade), with a hint of 'brewers Tudor' about the facade. The interior has a rather rustic look, with plenty of bare wood about the place. Six or so handpumps, with a fairly interesting selection of (mostly) local beers (including a good pint of Englands Roary from Bryson's Brewery). Overall, rather better than I was expecting given its rather unpromising location.
rpadam - 26 Jun 2010 16:20
Called in on saturday 8th may, beer was ok, but landlord was surly and unfriendly, as was the barmaid,with no interest in talking about the ales on offer. Good place and beers ruined by the staff, when this place could be great with only a little more effort. disappointing,
adrianmole - 10 May 2010 15:31
The P+T has new managers again (very pleasant and friendly - much better than the last lot). Food is great, beer is improving fast (4 real ales on last week), and is becoming a lot like a 'local' again. Will be visiting again!!!
Chatterboxx - 19 Apr 2010 19:31
Gone to the pits really recently. 3 beers on last week, yet despite the "landlord" praising the beers all were past there best...... having said that all 3 tasted and looked the same..........
bloomfieldjpm - 27 Mar 2010 04:43
Bit disappointing to find 6 pumps and only 1 beer on. Allgates Calfornia on and was ok. Cleaning still being carried on with the floor being swept and then washed while we were there. Not many customers, but it was early.
gillhalfpint - 18 Feb 2010 22:31
Last visit was a few weeks ago before the Blackpool v Preston game. Only one beer on sale ( a tasty Cottage beer),pub was packed, beer sold out, pub became empty............
bloomfieldjpm - 8 Jan 2010 05:55
Wasnt a bad lttle bar at all when i was in last night before I went to watch Newcastle lose. Yeah was canny.
scoreboard1 - 17 Sep 2009 11:40
Friendly boozer with two good ales on when I went in, Landlord said he normally has three on. Had a few games of pool, would have stayed longer but they were not doing food.
Henners - 25 Aug 2009 08:18
Just do 3 real ales now - usually from Fuzzy Duck, Cottage, Moorhouses or Lytham breweries. Also from a few visits regularly the ales are around the 4% mark and usually golden/pale ale brews.
Decent boozer and the best pint of ale in Central Blackpool ( only place!)
bloomfieldjpm - 23 Jun 2009 01:24
Old traditional lookin boozer opp the cop shop,only 2 ales on, friendly enuff service, 6.5/10
fat_beer_badger - 6 May 2009 14:53
As grim as a cold wet day out of season in Blackpool. 6 hand pumps, 4 on when visited but the Shardlow Cavendish Dark wasn't upto much.
doncaosdelanada - 29 Apr 2009 19:20
Visited again yesterday, very glad we did!

The best pub in Blackpool town centre that I know of.

Even out of season, three well kept cask ales. The food is very good and fantastic value for money.

A gem of a pub given its location. Well worth a visit.
alexw - 14 Mar 2008 15:51
A lot of scaffolding in front of the pub but certainly open. Only four ales on; Spitfire and Boddingtons (cask)together with Thwaites Orginal and Phoenix Spotland Gold. The Phoenix was a very hoppy lovely beer. They did have a couple lined up to come on: Fuzzy Duck Thumb Ducker and Hyde's Jekyll's Gold.

We were in just after 11am so it was very quiet. Barman was happy to chat.

Worth a visit and very close to Central Pier.
GuideDogSaint - 9 Mar 2008 15:09
This pub was definitely open for business last weekend. Three real ales were on in good condition. An attractive blonde bird with a decent voice was singing to backing tracks. Friendly bar staff - they did ask for my son to show proof of age. The Gents could do with some tlc. Closed at Midnight which seemed unusual for a Saturday night.
GazzaTheBeerMan - 17 Sep 2007 12:30
Was on my annual trip to Blackpool yesterday and looking forward to another good pint of real ale.....
but the place was closed and boarded up.
What has happened?..... a huge disappointment....
Will it re-open?
Are there any recommended alternatives near-by?
Chesterman - 19 Aug 2007 13:55
Visited here on Sat 06 Jan 07 - very impressed! 7 real ales on hand pump and all of them superb! Pool table is dodgy as hell though!!
King_Viv - 10 Jan 2007 09:25
I took my wife in there last Friday. Being a CAMRA member, I decided to show a bit of support for a Beer Guide entry. We live here and we're not used to being in this part of town (the bowels of hell) but the staff were really friendly and I was v. impressed by the selection of real ales. I wasn't so thrilled with the cabaret - we couldn't hear ourselves speak so we left.
Terry_W - 29 Aug 2006 23:13
Pluses: Good food, great beer (and a great choice, which changed every day we went in over a 4 day period!), really nice staff, and good value.

Minuses: It is a bit small, we carefully avoided the entertainment.

Overall: Has bags of character and well worth a visit. Plus the real ale scares off most of the lager drinking morons :-)
peterm9911 - 14 Aug 2006 19:23
Just off the promenade with all the feel of a local pub, called the Pump and Truncheon because its opposite Blackpools main nick, you get the occasional bobby but don't worry thier usually having a laugh!. Great atmostphere, friendly staff - oh and if you're hungry you can always swag yourself a crime themed meal!.A bit teeny though.
thailand - 3 Apr 2006 22:26
P and T BEER FEST! April 6-10th to coincide with the CAMRA AGM. If anybody wants the beer list give me a shout.
delirium - 2 Apr 2006 16:26
Pluses...the best beer in Blackpool. 7 rotating guest beers plus the blot on the landscape, Boddington's. Avoids most of the towns yobs, homegrown and grockles. Landlord who is desperate to appeal to all tastes in a pub. Minuses...small square room with 5 tv's showing different nearly silent programmes or adverts, space taking pool table, weekend 'entertainment' you can set your watch by ( if it's half nine they'll be doing Mack The Knife), largely the same music from the machine behind the bar during the week. Good service though and whisper it...Blackpool prices are reduced for CAMRA members.
Not a patch on the old Hogshead days but posibly the best real ale pub in the Town.
delirium - 17 Feb 2006 00:27
What agreat place!
Loads of atmosphere, aided by a nicely maintained coal fire!
Good selection of drink & food.
A real find in the generally 'flash' Blackpool...
mikeupd - 8 Jan 2006 12:24
Marvellous find right next to the police station. Very welcoming with a cross-section of discerning customers who are able to sample a great range of perfectly kept ales. Live music last night with a really impressive Motown/Blues singer. Had a great night. No yobs/hen/stag parties - now that is a real find in Blackpool town centre
mally - 24 Apr 2005 21:37

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