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Beacon Inn, Skelmersdale - pub details

Address: 3 Beacon Lane, Dalton, Skelmersdale, Lancashire, WN8 7RR [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 36108) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Appley Bridge (2 miles), Parbold (2 miles), Upholland (2.6 miles)

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user reviews of Beacon Inn, Skelmersdale

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Closed and derelict.
JonNgog - 8 Jul 2019 17:39
I thoroughly agree with the last review. This place was a bit of a let down. Whilst it looks promising from the outside, it has been modernised on the inside and has a wine bar feel to it. The only ale on was Wells Bombardier Glorious English. There were a number of people in and most were there for food. However there are a large number of TV screens showing live football. There is no escaping it. I was amused when one elderly fellow walked in and specifically asked if there was a table without a view of the football. The waitress shook her head and laughed. I could see one table out of sight of the football. But it was directly under the speakers which were blasting out the commentary at an unacceptable volume. I'm all for having a TV for football or other sporting events in pubs. But people should be able to have the option of avoiding it if they want. Is this a sports bar, a pub or a restaurant? Poor.
blue_scrumpy - 2 May 2017 20:58
Not sure what to make of this place really.

Went on a weekday last month just after lunch time. Appears to be split level but on arrival from the road the ground floor entrance does not appear to be in use, with a sign directing you to the first floor entrance. It looks as if this entrance may not have been in use for some time, although I did wonder if maybe it only opens at weekends or evenings. Upstairs is set up as more of a restaurant than a pub, yet has TVs showing sports, so still has a kind of pubby feel. Seemed a bit mixed up. Looks like it has had a refurb, interior was nice and clean. Nice outdoor beer garden in a large courtyard which was a bit of a sun trap and a nice place to enjoy a pint in peace.

Despite hearing this pub had 4 real ales on, there were only 2 pumps in the upstairs bar - York Guzzler and Bombardier Old English. I went for the Guzzler (3.6%) which to be fair was an absolute bargain at £2.50. I was expecting some local ales though and was pretty disappointed. Service was friendly though, no issues there.

I feel this could be a nice country dining pub, I imagine oak beams and perhaps low ceilings. Just feels like it has lost its way a bit to me and isn't sure what it is meant to be anymore.
RealAleRobUK - 5 Oct 2016 16:31
This Jennings country pub on the outskirts of Skelmersdale seems to be more geared as a restaurant than a pub. The restaurant itself is upstairs and is completely separate from the bar area which is situated on the ground floor. Any old characteristics of its original country pub nature have sadly been lost in a refurbishment which has resulted in a rather plain, drab and bland mock Tudor approach with predominant shades of grey. It all feels too much like a contrived hotel bar with 80ís piped music and a genteel atmosphere. On the plus side, there is a very good ale selection Ė 4 pumps with Jennings Sneck Lifter and Cumberland plus Hobgoblin and Marstons Old Empire. Quality was very good. Service was also very friendly and welcoming. A side room contains a Plasma TV but given that this was prime time Saturday night and the fact that there were only 2 other people in the pub, I get the impression that the Beacon is not a particularly favoured outing for the locals. Iím not sure how busy the restaurant was but there was certainly plenty of space in the Car Park. Whilst the pub is high up and commands good views of the surrounding countryside, there didnít appear to be much in the way of a beer garden or outside seating to take advantage of it (although it was dark when I was there and I may have just missed it). As things stand (and I being specific to the bar and not for the restaurant that I have not tried), the Beacon is certainly worth a stop for the beers but lacks any intrinsic appeal to warrant a session or going out of the way for.
RogerB - 27 Jan 2009 14:11

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