Finding a decent place to eat that will allow dogs isn’t always easy, so I always keep a mental note when I hear about dog-friendly establishments. My partner, Brian, and I had been on long walks with our two springer spaniels – one being a 12 week old puppy. We imagined a spontaneous pub lunch, with the dogs, after working up an appetite.
I had recently read a Facebook post about Winstons, a bar/bistro on Highfield Road where you can specifically order a Sunday roast for your dog – which was enough to tempt me.
And with 12 week old Mabel carried in her sling, we were greeted by two lovely waiters, Oscar and Aaliyah, who were chatty and helpful. They showed us a table and even asked if we would like to see their special menu for dogs and brought a bowl of water.
They operated from a glass counter where an indulgent selection of desserts were on display – all made by Gorgeous Cheesecakes in Blackpool.
The place had a really fun and relaxed atmosphere with vibrant and funky decor without feeling tacky. There was also a family atmosphere. Toddlers at a nearby table were mesmerized by the pup and even put down their ice creams and iPads to come and give Mabel a shot.
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The theme was hearty homemade British pub grub with quality ingredients, and there was plenty to choose from, from light bites to large platters, burgers, wraps and breakfasts.
I chose the ‘Fleetwood fish and chips’ which was tasty and well presented. Sumptuous fresh white fish in a light batter and a generous helping of real hand cut fries – my favorite guilty pleasure, which few places seem to offer and they’ve been cooked to a lovely golden brown colour.
Brian ordered the ribs with fries and corn on the cob. It was greeted with a mountain of glistening meat in a sticky barbecue sauce. In his words, the ribs were “meaty and tender – not that lean, all-bone stuff you sometimes get”.
The rich, fruity sauce was enough to tempt me to dip my fries in for more flavor.
Didn’t fancy dessert, but Brian had a Lotus cookie cheesecake which he said was ‘amazing’, and was artfully presented with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel covering the plate .
The dessert bar also offers a takeaway service,
And the dogs got a plate of hot chicken to share – which didn’t last them long, and then they got some ice cream to wash it down.
The total bill came to just over £50 including drinks.
Winston’s Bistro left such a positive impression on me. We loved the home cooking and the casual atmosphere, and it’s the perfect place for a casual meal with the dogs.