The Albert and the Lion
Bank Hey Street Blackpool FY1 4RU
The pub name's a puzzle unless you know your vintage Stanley Holloway, whose most famous comic monologue recounts the devouring of Mr and Mrs Ramsbottom's young son at Blackpool zoo – "Then Pa, who had seen the occurrence, and didn't know what to do next, said "Mother, yon lion's 'et Albert", and Mother said "Eeh, I am vexed". Which also explains the disappearing legs in the huge sculpted lion's head above the staircase. Other than that, it's a typical knockabout Wetherspoon's joint – a vast pub and diner sited in the old promenade Woolworth's building, with cheap drinks and food, in a very handy seafront location.