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Strawberry Gardens, Fleetwood

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Visited to see the mighty U's narrowly lose 4-0! Lovely pub, great range of ales with a discount for CAMRA members, friendly helpful bar staff, decent pub food, and even better the great man himself came out to greet us and we had our photo taken with him.
8.5/10
Monkdawallydahonk - 23 Aug 2015 15:54
A short walk from Highbury stadium is this huge pub that is also the home to Syd Little's restaurant, unfortunately I didn’t see or meet Syd on this visit!

I came here straight after the match so was sat with a pint by 5.05pm. I only went into the bar on the right where there is raised seating, a dart board, pool table, television and the bar with it’s vast amount of pumps, I counted at least 13 but there might have been more. A wide range of breweries and ales , I opted for a pint of Thornbridge Lord Marples @ 4.0%. Decent value at £3.00 but even better with 20% off for camra members.

Minimal amount of pictures on the walls but there is a trophy cabinet displaying various trophies for the pub’s Darts team, who seem quite successful. This is very much a community pub with the emphasis on good ales and friendly service. A proper traditional pub close to the football ground and tram stop as well as appearing in the GBG.

Decent tick for me.

lezford - 20 Aug 2015 16:34
Excellent selection of beers and lagers. Has wide range of entertainment which draws carried types of audience. Food in the restaurant is great value and Syd Little is always affable and helpful.
SamaelThaindire - 13 Oct 2014 14:49
Large pub with a good selection of ales. Has a kind of old style lounge and bar layout with the bar side being to the right as you go in and housing a pool table. The best ale pub in Fleetwood by some margin.
anonymous - 3 Jan 2014 19:28
And... a pint of ale was £2.90 with CAMRA card holders getting a discount.
Rod_Hariga - 18 Aug 2013 16:40
Big place with the restaurant to the right and the bar to the left.
Started in the bar where the locals were friendly (and knowledgable about their beer) and there were enough staff serving to ensure no one had to wait long to be served. There were 15 real ales on (and not a load of bog standard beers either) and 4 real ciders as well as having a menu for continental bottled beers. There ales we tried were all well kept and tasted fine.
Moved around to the restaurant for some food and were warmly welcomed by the entertaining and attentive Syd Little. The food was good value for money (2 meals for £5.95 if you selected the standard dishes) and the steak pie I had was excellent.
This would certainly be my recommendation for those visiting Fleetwood.
Rod_Hariga - 18 Aug 2013 16:39
Goes from strength to strength. Winner of CAMRA Fylde Pub of the Year 2013. Friendly staff, CAMRA discount, good entertainment, (especially when The Blue Pig Orchestra are playing). Good food c/o Mr and Mrs Sid Little. Oh, and did anyone mention the well kept real ale...............s.
Not4johns - 3 Jul 2013 21:01
A fine pub to visit if you're in town to watch your team play Fleetwood Town - the ground (Highbury) is by Park Avenue a few 100 metres to the southwest beyond Memorial Park. Plenty of room though plenty of customers too. A dozen pumps with several on offer from the local Fuzzy Duck brewery, covering a range of styles. Friendly locals, a pool table and the whole place smart and professional.
Arctium_lappa - 25 Feb 2013 23:51
Very busy on Saturday lunchtime, with 14 ales on, plenty of bar staff and a 20P discount for CAMRA members on most of the well-kept ales. Buzzing with local football supporters looking forward to the match. A good friendly atmosphere and a pub well worth seeking out, not far from the Fisherman's Walk tram stop.
Stamfordian - 28 Jan 2013 12:23
I usually go just at weekends as I do not live in Fleetwood. A great pub. Not only 12 real ales, real ciders, friendly staff and customers, good food, folk club, darts, pool, days out, beer festival, bowling green to the rear, a quieter area, newspaper, parking, original local art work, showbiz connection...........but also now......TA DAH!........ music on most Friday and Saturday nights! You have the option to go to a quieter area if it does not suit you. What a turnaround for this once 'best give that a miss' pub. (ps.. can you run to having a foot rest around the 'vaults' bar please to go with the handy coat hooks)......... ta.
Not4johns - 17 Jan 2013 21:14
Visited yesterday before watching Plymouth lose at Fleetwood - the way we played, would've been better investing an extra couple of hours in the pub instead.
Wanted to try the Fuzzy Duck beer and the Cunning Stunt (£2.30 with a Camra discount) went down very well. Plenty of other ales and different ciders on tap, so would've been rude not to try several.
And then got a two-pint carry out after the game too (90p for the container).
Beers were decent, staff knowledgable and it felt like a proper pub should with people sitting around talking over pints of decent ale.
Did get to meet Mr Little, and from the brief conversation, he seemed a very decent guy.
From the outside, this looks like the type of boozer you may just walk by, but is very much a gem, and a shame it's the other end of the country from where I live.
duchyjim - 18 Nov 2012 14:11
Quite simply a fantastic pub. Spent a splendid saturday in here recently. The locals are friendly and chatty as was the head honcho. The kitchen is indeed run by Sid Little and the food is good quality and frankly excellent value. But now the best bit - the ale - a fantastic selection of 12 ales ( with a camra discount too!!!) - all in splendid order along with some cracking ciders - some of which were new to me. This is probably the finest pub in the blackppol area - get a tram from blackpool and a short walk will lead you here - frankly if you are a real ale fan you will do that walk over hot coals and broken glass- give it a go - it will really be your loss if you dont!
projectedmayhem - 13 Sep 2012 10:09
Back in the Strawberry this weekend, now got a large screen terrestrial TV in the vaults for showing news and selected sporting events.The Dining Room is now run by Syd Little of "Little & Large" fame and his wife Sheree, and by the number of diners in there they are doing a damn good job! Beer selection was superb as normal!
1964scotty - 6 Aug 2012 16:58
A BREATH OF FRESH AIR FOR FLEETWOOD!! The "Straw" is going from strength to strength! Now CAMRA cider pub of the year for Blackpool & Wyre! Also congratulations to Freddie Dell who has recently been made a Freeman of the pub, after drinking in there for 76, yes 76 years(as seen on BBC1 North West Tonight).
Can't wait to see whats in store for the Strawberry Gardens in the future!
1964scotty - 25 Jun 2012 16:00
Now a great pub again with at present 12 real ales + real cider. No TV but live entertainment most weekends, (seperate in the lounge bar). The Fleetwood Folk Club meeting place. Good pleasant staff with discount for CAMRA members. It is also the tap for Fuzzy Duck brewery with plans to bring the brewery to empty premises to the rear of the pub. Most Fleetwood pub goers cannot believe this turnaround, but lets hope this time this great building continues as a profitable concern and does not change too much from its present format..........cheers!
Not4johns - 25 Oct 2011 21:34
Spot on on my last visit the first week in june.Went in on a friday afternoon on a hot and sunny day was offered a sample of what ever beer i wanted and the beer was delicious.I met people i hadnt seen in 20plus years and enjoyed the day to the full,hope it does well!
princessanne - 10 Aug 2011 14:19
Can only agree with the last comments. Not only is the beer good, with an amazing choice (usually 12 cask real ales on), but the staff are very welcoming also. The only slight down side is that if I had not heard about this pub before I would probably have walked right by as there was no indication that it was a real ale pub at all. I went during the day, but in the evening they have folk nights, and music nights (of the type you can still drink and chat, not loud and rocky). An added bonus for CAMRA members is a substantial discount of 50p per pint. This is a good enough reason to join CAMRA too, especially if you intend frequenting the Strawberry gardens. All in all a great pub, great beer, and a great friendly welcome. Also easy enough to get to by bus from Poulton, or Blackpool.
chillok - 22 May 2011 09:29
On first viewing, this large imposing pub is a little intimidating & in past has suffered from a somewhat dubious reputation.

That said, it was recently taken over (April 2011) by the new owner/landord (Dave Shaw) and has been refurbished to a high standard. This establishment is now on the way up and is a must for the "real ale" drinker. With close links to the Fuzzy Duck brewery (Poulton) you will find the full range of their beer portfolio on tap here, including a range of guest beers from selected micro brewers nationwide. On the day of my visit 10 cask's ales were available and at peak times visitors can find up to 12!

The future of this pub now looks assured with plans for a new kitchen & restaurant area, together with upstairs function room & conference suite. There is even talk of the Fuzzy Duck brewery moving into the building too?

The pub plays host to the local folk club on Thursday evenings and a Sunday evening "jam" night is proving very popular.

The icing on the cake for drinkers? Well not only the choice available, but all card carrying CAMRA members are entitled to .50p discount off every pint. Wetherspoons eat you heart out!

lwalker101 - 22 May 2011 07:42
an excellent 2 room pub with a car park and bowling green behind the pub.6 beers on cask. afew of which were fuzzy duck.the fuzzy duck beer i tried was excellent. and 1-80 a pint including my camra discount was great
forestwood - 20 May 2011 16:32
SIBA - Engineering Route to Brewing Success

Posted: 28 Apr 2011 02:13 AM PDT

THIS systems engineer has made his final approach towards swapping planes for pints.

Ben Croston has ended his 14 year career with BAE Systems in Preston to become full time head brewer at Fuzzy Ducks brewery.

And the 32-year-old says the recent success of the Wyre-based brewery is what convinced him to fly the nest.

Ben Croston (left) and Dave Shaw of Fuzzy Duck Brewery

He told The Gazette: Brewing has always been a hobby of mine, something I enjoy doing when Im not working.

Fuzzy Ducks started as a half barrel plant at my home in Preesall five years ago but it soon proved popular and demand outstripped supply.
I moved to a larger premises in Poulton but was happy to stay at BAE Systems as I enjoyed the work and it was a regular income.
However with the success of the brewery and the help of David Shaw who has taken over marketing, things have just taken off.
I feel the time is right for me to make a lifestyle change and really see what I can do with this, I enjoy it so much.

Bens life-changing decision coincides with the opening of Fuzzy Ducks first pub, the Strawberry Gardens in Fleetwood.

The Poulton Road venue was empty and under threat of closure until the Fuzzy Duck team took it on and moved in this month.

It was officially opened by MP Eric Ollerenshaw on Thursday and Ben hopes its beer brewing operation will be on site in August.

The former St Aidens pupil said: Because our beers are proving popular we have been struggling to keep up and have been looking to expand and diversify for a while.
This pub gives us more space and we are really excited about the future, we would like to make the pub a real ale mecca.

Strawberry Gardens will be run by associate company Fuzzy Duck Inns and will employ one full time member of staff with part-time jobs to follow.

Marketing manager Dave Shaw said: We will be able to compete with Wetherspoons on price and we will be bringing in beers from all over the country.

The lager will be from independent breweries, not from the large multi-nationals.

As members of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), we want to support the independent breweries rather than the large international brewers of mass produced products.

LEGSAKIMBO - 29 Apr 2011 16:12
Shut again.......as it deserved to be!
Not4johns - 26 Nov 2009 21:24
The Strawberry has reopened and the usual crew are back .I wouldn't bother going lots of "young " drinkers.
caverian - 6 Jun 2009 23:53
What do you do with a drunken sailor?
What do you do with a drunken sailor?
What do you do with a drunken sailor?
Send him to The Gardens.

Rough. Drinking in here was like drinking with the cast of Popeye (if Olive Oyl weighted 250 pounds, had no teeth, and was covered in tattoos). The fact that it's closed down makes me wary of going into any other Fleetwood pub, in case the Gardens' crew have moved there.
topdog_andy - 22 Jan 2008 14:06
As at early December is now shut down. Rumour is that the rent was put up to an unreasonable level and so no profit to be made.
Not4johns - 17 Dec 2007 22:14
its not a very nice pub with alot of people giving out abuse
anonymous - 9 Jun 2007 21:52
Bit of a local pub with same old barflys in there. One of the few pubs around that has a snooker table (not full size though) although its very dark and smoky. Expect locals to stop and stare as you walk into the vaults.
bouncybouncy - 8 Sep 2006 15:56
This is possibly Fleetwoods pikeyest pub. All the fleetwood no hopers spend their days sat outside swilling back stella and hurling abuse at passers by.
anonymous - 26 Aug 2005 11:11

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