Lytham’s Aladdin’s Cave
The Taps’ substantial exterior hides what amounts to a museum celebrating the best of local Lancashire life. If you have the opportunity, try to visit this popular pub before it gets crammed so you can take some time to check out the abundant memorabilia. This characterful pub’s walls are festooned with glorious mementos reflecting the pub’s illustrious clientele and owner’s history in the pub trade including a wonderful wooden panel bearing the inscription “Duck’s Cabaret Theatrical”. This panel is all that remains of that much missed Manchester institution “Tommy Duck’s” and was rescued by its proprietor, Ian Rigby, now the owner of the Taps.
The Taps is the unofficial clubhouse for a number of promintent Lancashire institutions. Look out for gems from the Fylde Rugby Union Club, British Aerospace, and the members of the local lifeboat team. There’s so much to look at you need to put aside a good half hour to check out all the wonderful photos. Look out, in particular for a picture of the Typhoon Jet signed by all the test pilots.
Piped music is outlawed in the Taps. That doesn’t mean that you won’t hear music there. On the contrary, with so many people regarding this atmospheric pub as a second home, unscheduled singalongs are quite regular. They also have Party Nights every bank holiday sunday which sound fabulous!
Quality beer and tasty home cooked food
The Taps offers 8 cask beers, 3 resident and 5 guests. At the time of our visit we thoroughly enjoyed a pint of Oakham’s excellent “Bishops Farewell”.
Home cooked affordable food is available 12 until 4 daily. According to their website “by far the most popular offering on the menu is the hot roast sandwich with the soup of the day.”
The landlord, Riggy, has a reputation for his sense of humour, an example of which can be seen on a plaque with a set of strange symbols on it over the gent’s toilets. I’ll leave it up to you to decipher its meaning!