FUNCTIONS AT Ship & Royal
The Ship & Royal was originally built in the late 19th century as a hotel to cater to the ever-increasing number of tourists flocking to the seaside resort town of Lytham St Annes. The pub is located on the town’s main high street near where the old tram terminus would have once stood, meaning it would have be an extremely handy spot for those incoming Victorian visitors.
From the outside, little has changed at the Ship & Royal over the decades, largely keeping its character with Tudor-style beams. Inside, the pub has updated with a modern feel, with a contemporary-style neutral-coloured décor offset by more traditional elements such as high ceilings. A pool room offers some hands-on entertainment, while a small beer garden provides space for summer.
The Ship & Royal has a diverse range of visitors. The pub is popular with dog walkers as it is dog-friendly, with many stopping off here on their stroll along the promenade, while families come to enjoy our great value pub food. Sports fans come down to watch big sporting events on the big screen, while birdwatchers arrive flock from the nearby avian hotspot, Ribble Estuary.
Perhaps the most famous guests of the Ship & Royal are not the living but the dead. Reputed to be among the top 100 most haunted buildings in the country, the locally-listed pub has been the site of several ghost sightings. Among the spectral figures who are said to hang around the Ship & Royal are a mother and son duo, who drowned themselves in a bath as part of an apparent suicide pact in the hotel back in 1900, and Squire John Talbot Clifton, an explorer and a one-time regular at the pub who died during an overseas expedition in 1928.
Though it doesn’t have a separate function room space, the Ship & Royal is well geared up for parties and private events. Staff can section off an area at the back of the pub for birthday parties or other celebratory occasions. The cordoned-off space can accommodate up to 20 seated guests or 40 standing.
The Ship & Royal staff are accustomed to arranging special events and can offer a selection of tailored party packages, whether you want beer, balloons and a bite to eat, or cocktails, champagne and cake. There is even a large flat-screen TV should you want to watch a match or sporting event with a group of friends.
Guests will enjoy the VIP treatment from the moment they enter the pub, when they will be shown to the reserved area. If you want, staff can even arrange to have something on ice waiting upon arrival so you can get the party started promptly.