We were lucky enough to be invited to Coral Island this Easter, to explore the well loved amusement arcade situated on the Golden Mile in Blackpool.I have fond memories of the Coral Island frontage — when I was very small, my Nan used to bring me to Blackpool. I remember walking through a bustling market to step into the shadow of a huge skull and crossbones — Coral Island. Click To Tweet
Home to a crew of scurvy pirates (actually, all the staff were wonderful!) there’s something for everyone at Coral Island. A Pirate Flyer glides over the arcade, allowing intrepid adventurers the chance to get the birds eye view of what’s going on. A Ghost Train entices those brave enough to enter through its doors into a horror themed nightmare. Mike was incredibly impressed by the Ghost Train, and holds it in the highest regard as his favourite.
The arcade houses family friendly favourites such as two-pence machines, cuddly toy grabbers, air hockey and some branded machines like Plants versus Zombies. There is also an over eighteen’s area which is absolutely off limits to anyone under that age, tied off with red rope and monitored well. The casino is also off limits to those under the age of eighteen, but honestly? I don’t think it matters, every nook and cranny is packed with fun, lights and sound — a few adult only areas isn’t intrusive.
There is Prize Bingo area, which is much more modern than I remember! Gone are the plastic seats and the screen with lots of coloured windows. You have a touch screen, and you don’t even need to look for the numbers. A little cheat is if you press the free square on the last card, it ticks the number off for you. It’s a great feature as the game is incredibly fast!
Shh! Don’t tell anyone I told you!
Another favourite of ours was the Camel Derby. Despite all of our efforts, Tristan was the only one to come away with a win from this — not great for two competitive adults!
After a few hours exploring what Coral Island had to offer, we gave in to temptation and went to go find Captain Jack’s Bar & Grill — and onsite restaurant which offers a menu centred around steaks, ribs and burgers.
Captain Jack's Bar & Grill was an incredible eating experience. Admittedly, when we made our reservation we thought it would be a typical 'theme park' restaurant with bland food. How we were wrong! Click To Tweet
We started with the sharing platter, which served all five of us (well, four and a bit as Baby Button was having little pieces here and there) before Megan and Tristan opted for chicken burgers. I had some ribs as we generally don’t eat pork at home and I wanted to make the most of things. Mike went for a hanging chicken kebab, which looked amazing — all came with skinny fries unless you were like me and asked for cheese and bacon on top!
The culprit behind the dessert was Mike.. Although we all got a spoon so we could give him a hand in trying to beat it. When we asked our server, Tash (who was wonderful by the way!) she said someone comes in a few times a year just to do an eating challenge — and they finish with that dessert!
Baby Button did have a children’s meal of sausage, beans and chips but he was much more interested in what everyone else was eating.
They really accommodated this little one well, wiping the table down so he could eat from it (as plates generally don’t last till the end of the meal) and providing him with a high chair. The restaurant is small, so we had to leave the pram outside which I was concerned about — though staff locked them up using a bike chain so nothing unscrupulous could happen.
Captain Jack’s was a real highlight for us, and it’s definitely a new star on our Blackpool map. I can’t wait to visit again soon, and it looks like I’m not the only one — the day proved just as much a hit for Typical Mummy & her family!