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Victoria Hotel, Cleveleys

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A huge corner plot Samuel Smiths pub which is a brisk walk from Cleveleys tram stop and another pub that's in the 2015 GBG.

Externally the pub is very attractive, a sturdy brick frontage gives way to a wooden beamed interior as you enter off the main road.

The main bar area is open plan and very large with seating around the outside and in little booths that give the pub an even more open plan feel to it.

On the bar is the full array of Sam Smiths drinks, again I opt for a Sovereign bitter and its £1.82 a draw.

Concreted area to the front of the pub with bench seating and a grassed area with a hedge around it. There’s an old fashioned looking shop with Samuel Smiths ales and advertising in the window.

A lovely building, surprising interior, good ales, excellent value...what more does a Southerner want when he's up North….9/10.

lezford - 20 Aug 2015 14:10
First time we had been in this very big pub. Thursday afternoon. Apparently the new manager has done a great job at this once run down place, so say the locals. We found them friendly, the beers were very good and the prices cheap. There were not too many in but all were friendly and had tales to tell. Of the many bands and large function room that used to be very popular when it was in use before the stopping of music and the likes in sam smiths pubs a few years ago.Well worth a visit, built in the 1930s and always been a Sam Smiths . Nice open fires and the like,
noggin46 - 20 Feb 2012 20:38
like gods waiting room however the extra stout was sublime and at the remarkably low Samuel smiths price of 1.99pint! Barman was friendly and the building was very interesting,beat most of the blackpool pubs hands down ,8/10
fat_beer_badger - 7 Sep 2011 15:01
Weird pub. Big pub, interesting architecture and the beams inside seem out of place in such a large place. Didn't test the ale as not a fan of OBB, but stout was fine. Seemed a bit lifeless. Not long for this world?
dry_riser_inlet - 5 Sep 2011 11:17
Large, lifeless pub but the beer (OBB) was drinkable.
keith253 - 29 Mar 2010 16:55
Now serving Wheat Beer ..........
Pub is still lifeless,toilets are still maybe the worst smelling in the country.
bloomfieldjpm - 21 Dec 2009 05:10
After a long re-consideration of my previous review from last year
I feel now I can only be honest with myself and forward this update of my own personal view of the stated liscened premises as follows ,
the beer on the whole including the lager seems to react on the intestinal tract similar to the equivalent of a very powerful laxative ,
that is of course wholly dependant on you being served with the formentioned ale due to staff either not bothering or tittle tattling in the sportsmans bar,asking to be served which I still believe is a customers right unfortunately is regarded as an insult in these premises and may result in you being barred,which in effect is a bonus.
picklepuss37 - 30 Apr 2009 07:52
Fantastic beer, Great customer service and lovely bar staff. Well worth a visit.
thornbird123 - 9 Feb 2009 12:43
New Management Have Seemed To Cured The Smell Of The Drains Now Selling Food Well Worth The Vist
Tinadickson - 1 Feb 2009 00:03
Large Sam Smiths pub - excellent establishment - excellent staff and service
KeithP - 24 Oct 2008 21:36
good old fashioned pub of the usual SAM SMITHS type, IE:no telly, no juke box just people and good beer. just don't sit near the loos cos the drains can be very pongy. friday and saturday night be in early to get a seat
worph - 3 Jun 2008 22:38
Grew up in this pub. Cheap ale. Sam Smiths OBB makes me ill at the best of times - at the Vic you are dicing with your own life! Tales of empties being poured back in barrels still band about!
bloomfieldjpm - 18 Nov 2007 07:31
After frequenting this fortress like establishment I can categorically state that it is in my opinion possibly one of the finest Samuel Smith houses in Lancashire, the drinks are very reasonably priced and the service par excellence,last but not least is the small annexe at the side of the main building the sports mans bar,if the good lord up there ever contrived the architectural design of a public bar then this must be the one,absolutely first class.
picklepuss37 - 21 Sep 2007 11:45
Massive Sam Smiths halfway between Blackpool and Fleetwood (eye of the storm). There are two distinct bars in the building: the lounge bar, which is huge, full of oak beams, and furnished like your grandmother's living room, and the Sportsman Bar, which is what you'd expect - rougher & smaller, with a pool table and a dart board. The two are unconnected, so if you get a pint in one of the bars, you're committed to staying there. Make your choice wisely.

A pint of Old Brewery Bitter in this place will set you back a cool 1.33, and I think the Alpine's about 1.50. As a Londoner, the atmosphere and prices made me feel a bit like Nicholas Lyndhurst in Goodnight Sweetheart.

I'd mention it's the best pub in Cleveleys, but that's a bit like saying Mel C's the most talented Spice Girl - it's not a praise of the individual, as much as an indictment of the collective. Let's just say it's a nice place to stop if you're in Cleveleys, but don't go to Cleveleys specifically to check it out.
topdog_andy - 22 Aug 2007 13:35

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