Morecambe isn’t exactly overburdened with choice when it comes to eating out so quality newcomers are always welcome.
The arrival of the Hurley Flyer has even greater significance to the local economy than usual due to its location next to the Globe Arena.
Morecambe Football Club sold Marstons the land not only for a short-term financial gain but also with a long-term plan in mind...that a pub-diner next to the club would draw in more ‘casual’ football fans and families on match days and boost attendances.
So no pressure, Marstons, but your new venture simply has to hit the back of the net.
And I’m delighted to report that as pub-restaurants go, the Hurley Flyer is definitely more promotion chaser than relegation battler.
My wife and two boys visited on a hot Saturday teatime. First impressions; there is plenty of free car parking, the exterior is pleasing and modern, with a small kiddies play area, and the place is packed.
The interior is pleasingly decorated and divided up with space for families with small children and for those who just fancy a drink.
Choice on the menu is so extensive it borders on dazzling. I’ve never seen a specials board like it, there are up to 20 meals to choose from.
A ‘two-for-one’ policy means that although, for example, steak with the trimmings costs up to £12.95, you can order any cheaper main course with it for absolutely nothing extra.
Our bill came to £37.49 for a beef lasagne, steak and ale pie, Somerset chicken, crispy chicken burger with bacon, four drinks and desserts. Terrific value. The food tasted great and the service was speedy and friendly.
Not only would I come back to the Hurley Flyer in future but would consider doing so on a day when Morecambe play at home and watch the football too.
If other ‘casuals’ feel the same, then for Marstons, and Shrimps management, mission will be very much accomplished.