Reading all the reviews about the postal order, i wanted to comment on them- question is what do you expect to get in a pub located in Blackburn? some five star service?Its a Pub for god sake.. Yeah maybe you do have to wait to get served a bit longer when its busy, but how do u expect to serve at least 100 customers with 10 bar staff all at once? Use your head people, they are doing their best! The drinks ARE cheap, food IS ok... but yet again people still complain, if they do serve cheap drinks, you wont see all the business people there drinking, will you? so deal with it! Bar staff are stressed sometimes, because they can't smile and be cheerful all the time especially if they are on 12 hour shift! They do their best to make it pleasant for everyone to come in and drink or have a meal.. it doesn't help when people start to stress out on bar staff and trust that with saying- 'I've been here for half an hour, can i get served!' when you just walked up the bar, you deffinatly will not get served first! It's like bar staff have lost track of time and don't know who is next, fair do yeah sometimes when it is busy it's hard to tell, so when they do ask feel free and say i am or he was and don't start to argue who is because then they will go and serve someone else who is ready.. it doesn't take them long to serve people if they know what they are drinking, and not start to ask their mates of what they want when they stood there for about 10 minutes waiting. Is it really too much to ask to decide before you get served?
Excellent quality real ale that has got to be one of the best choices in the area. Bar staff are a good laugh; Justin "the trouser snake" and Paul "The Virgin". On occassions the totty is pretty good although it is a good idea to scout around before you go in for the kill. Raymond is part of the fixture and fittings.
The only draw back is the number of scroates and the fact that children are able to go into the establishment....often breaking the licence of the pub as their parents do not have a meal there. They are noisy gob shi*es too.
Just does not have the 'friendly relaxed' atmosphere of other Weatherspoons I have visited - Advantages: Cheap food and drink, Lovely building - Disadvantages: 'Bad' atmosphere, Cheap beer = loads of daytime drunkards, Its in Blackburn
Having read the other two opinions on the Postal Order in Blackburn I felt that I really had to write my own. As an "older" person (35) apparently it is one of the better places to go. The reasons for this being that the drinks are cheap, the food is good and there is no music so you can talk easier. Well I am sorry but even though I may be a little over the hill to go to places such as Utopia, The Jam or the T bar I still like background music when I go out and I still love to be able to have a dance. There is little or no atmosphere in the Postal Order. It is usually full of very drunk old men. I don't like the segregation of smoking and none smoking areas. My partner and I had a meal in there for my birthday and it had to be one of the worst meals I have ever had. For a start it took us forever to get served at the bar, and about fifteen minutes for the table we were sitting at to be cleared so we could eat. May I add that there was only about twenty people in the place at the time, it wasn't packed. We had a combo starter to share. Some of which was ok some of which was cold and dried up. My partner had a mixed grill which was absolutely swimming in grease. The menu choice was really poor. I have to say I couldn't get out of their quick enough. Blackburn is pretty limited for a good place to go and have something nice to eat. Your best bet is Fish and chips,a video,a bottle of wine and your own company.
Before going on a night out my first point of call is The Postal Order. Why? Well let me tell you. The drinks are so cheap that i was so shocked the first time I went in and bought a round. I couldnt believe it that I had to ask the barperson if they had charged the correct price. But, yes it was correct. I actually left a pub with some money. WOW!!! It is quite a large pub too and also do excellent food. Children are welcome too until 7pm. The only drawback that I have to mention is there is no music. OK so some people dont want to go into a pub and have music blaring into their ears, but what about some backgroung music?
Like a lot of opinions on J.D. Wetherspoon pubs, I really should begin by saying that the Postal Order is exactly like the rest of the chain's pubs. The same wood panelling, the same chairs, same drinks, same policies... it's all the same. Well, almost. There are a few things about the Postal Order that distinguish it not only from it's sister pubs, but from all others in the many-holed town of Blackburn, Lancashire. I imagine the most immediate thing you'll notice about the pub, is the pub itself. As the name suggests, the Postal Order is built inside the town's old post office, a splendid building on the very edge of the town centre. If you've found the Cathedral then you can't miss the place, sitting there right next to the town's most famous landmark. It's a large building with a high celing, yet perhaps unusually it is only single storey. Many Wetherspoons pubs I have been to have two floors, but because this is not possible in the Postal Order the pub has a very unique feel among the chain. Drinks are as typically cheap as the rest of the chain. For this reason, the Postal Order is nigh on guaranteed to be packed to the rafters on Fridays and Saturdays. On one occassion just before Christmas, the queues along the forty-foot bar were six-deep, and it took me half an hour to get served (my revenge was sweet, though - ordering fourteen pints for myself and friends). During the days and weekday nights, the place is more sedate and you will have no trouble getting attention. Indeed, at times, it feels as if the barstaff are looking for something to do, as they pounce upon you as you walk towards the bar. I have been going to the pub for around three years now, and the same old regulars have been in there pretty much every time I go in. There are four taxi drivers who seem to be perpetually drunk (just wish I knew which firm they're from), two old men in the corner sat looking bitter and pla
ying with their false teeth, then the middle-aged crowd standing in the middle. For me, this is where the Postal Order comes into it's element. You can sit there with your cheap drinks and if only there were jazz playing, you could sit and watch the girls go by. Nonetheless, the lack of music is also one of the pub's major pulling points. The Postal Order has strange accoustics and the din of voices at weekends can create some really trippy sounds. During the quiet weekday nights, though, it's a great place to go if you want to just sit and have a rant with your mates. I've had some of the best nights of my life in there, with four pints of cider and a few mates. It's a great change from the usual "shout louder!" pubs (which naturally come later, when shouting comes naturally). Other distinguishing features of the Postal Order include the maze-like toilets, of which there are only one pair in the pub. Getting to them involves scaling a flight of stairs before memorising the route you took through a myriad of doors and turns. After several drinks at their prices, I hope it's understandable why I once took a wrong turn and ended up, briefly, in the ladies one night (unintentionally, of course). The bar also deserves attention for it's hidden "hotspots". These are the stretches where your chances of being served increase exponentionally, even compared to the person stood next to you. Avoid standing in front of the pumps and in what seem to be open stretches - they're like that for a good reason. By far the best places, I have found, are directly in front of the two tills in the middle of the bar. It's a great feeling striding in there and getting served straight away, and you, yes you Madam, can do it too. I have sampled the food only two or three times, but each time it has been perfectly acceptable as far as I remember. I am no connoisseur of food (talk to me about cider inste
ad), but it did seem fine and as cheap as all the other chain pubs. Arriving early at weekends comes highly recommended. If you don't mind slighty warm beer, it can be worth getting a few drinks at once to save those fifteen-minute waits at the bar (which really kill the flow of a night). The Postal Order is a popular "starting-out" joint in Blackburn, where many people come before moving on to the real pubs such as the Malt & Hops, Jubilee and Charles Napier. Although it's quite possible to spend an entire night there, I wouldn't recommend it as the atmosphere becomes very sedate late on and brings you right back down to Earth. This aside, there are only a couple of other minor points I would mention as drawbacks. I am 19 as I write this and my friends are all of similar ages. The Postal Order is really geared towards the "older" drinker, and sometimes I have felt really out of place in there, almost persecuted on occassions (my mate with a dog collar really hates the place/the people). Also, sometimes the atmosphere can be awful. The place fills with people aiming to get very drunk as quickly and cheaply as possible, and if you happen to catch their attention you can be on the recieving end of a little aggro. Don't get me wrong - I've never seen a fight in there - but if you don't fit in with the crowd (which is, 25-45 year-old townies in groups), you might feel a little alienated. If you're in Blackburn and looking for a sociable place to talk with friends over a drink or seven, you won't do better in terms of price or atmosphere than the Postal Order. Well worth a look in.