The Buccaneer (Blackpool)
Member Name: angelboouk
The Buccaneer (Blackpool)
Advantages: location, theme, good value, decor, portion sizes, drinks available, seating/layout, clean
Disadvantages: food wasn't amazing, dessert, limited menu,
~Why We Chose To Dine Here~
During our trip to Blackpool, I checked online for suitable places to eat. We had actually chosen to eat at the new Captain Jacks within Coral Island but arrived to find it closed so we headed inside and spotted the Buccaneer Bar. I remember dining here a few years ago with my parents as my sister used to live in Blackpool. We were hungry and the weather was awful so went in for a meal.
Buccaneer Bar is located within Coral Island amusement arcade on the promenade and is open daily from 12pm until Coral Island closes (times vary through the year). Trams stop a few minutes from here. Children are welcome until closing time. Buccaneer Bar opened in 2000 and has a pirate theme.
The restaurant can be accessed inside Coral Island and you are greeted by various pirate statues. There is 'outdoor' seating available but we chose to sit inside. The restaurant is spacious and is mostly set across one level so it is suitable for those who have wheelchairs or pushchairs to navigate. The restaurant is quite dark inside thanks to wooden flooring and beams but not so dark that you find yourself struggling to see what you are eating. Toilets are located at the back of the restaurant and they were immaculate. There is a disabled toilet which I had no need to use.
We liked this decor in this restaurant - hanging pirate pictures and floor panels which lit up to reveal treasure. My son found this particularly amusing and I considered it to be rather cool. The restaurant can accommodate various sized parties. Menus are on the table and you are asked to go up to the bar to order food. Cards and cash are accepted. The restaurant has a nice atmosphere and is very family friendly.
Buccaneer Bar has a relatively small selection of food on offer and most meals include meat so vegetarians have very little choice. Starters include soup, crispy mushrooms and a combo (from £3.45). Main courses include burgers, steaks, tikka masala, fish and chips, lasagne and bbq chicken to name a few (from £5.95). Under 12's have a few options including the usual nuggets, fish fingers and sausages (£3.75). They also offer a small selection of desserts including chocolate cake and apple pie (from £3.65). Vegetarians have the option of cheese and brocolli bake but it is noted on the menu that other meals are available on request.
Buccaneer Bar offers a well stocked bar of spirits, bottled drinks and draught. They offer a carvery on a Sunday.
We had lunch here on a Thursday afternoon and found the restaurant to be quite quiet on arrival so there was no issue with finding a table. We encountered two members of staff during our meal here. The man that served us at the bar was friendly and helpful. Our meals were served by a man dressed as a pirate which I thought was a nice touch and he provided us with condiments promptly. Meals were served at a good pace and overall, we were pleased with the service. We spent around 1 hour in here.
I pondered over the menu for a good 10 minutes before deciding what to order. I found the menu to be rather limited. The prices appeared to be average for this type of eating establishment and within our budget. We didn't bother with starters as there wasn't much to choose from so ordered main meals and our drinks.
My fiance always opts for a burger where possible - I really wish he would eat other things when we eat out! Anyway, his burger was described as being a 'big' burger but it didn't look any bigger than your average burger if I'm being honest. He enjoyed it though. It was served with a fresh side salad and delicious chips. My son is equally as fussy as his Daddy and always has a limited choice when eating out as he won't touch anything with sauces or pasta. His meal was a good size for a young child - chicken nuggets and chips. He ate it all and seemed to enjoy it. He didn't fancy any ice cream on this occasion.
I couldn't decide what to have but decided to go for the vegetarian option of a three cheese and brocolli bake. I thought my meal was nice but nothing special. The brocolli was cooked well and was beautifully tender as was the pasta. There was a plentiful amount of cheese sauce included and it was lovely but not as full flavoured as mentioned on the menu. I added some pepper to enhance the flavour. My meal was piping hot and a good sized portion. The chips were lovely too - fluffy and cooked well. I scoffed the lot but probably would opt for a meat dish next time.
We had room for a dessert to share and whilst the choice was again, quite limited, we decided upon the banoffee pie. The portion wasn't huge and neither of really enjoyed it. I expected a proper piece of pie with actual banana sliced through it but what we received was a rather thin biscuit base with a sort of banana mousse on top. It tasted very synthetic and like a cheap version of fluffy Angel Delight. The caramel topping was sparse but nice and the ice cream was okay but this dish just wasn't what we expected.
I believe we paid just short of £22.00 for our food which I thought was fine and a further £7.50 for two draught drinks, a childrens drink and a Budweiser which I considered to be okay value for money. The food wasn't spectacular but it was nice enough and good value as well as having a fun, relaxed theme. It wouldn't be my first choice of restaurant to eat at when we return to Blackpool but it is perfectly located for the amusements and all other attractions.
Thanks for reading :)
Review originally posted on Ciao - May 2013.
Summary: not brilliant but good for a bite to eat