Shard Riverside - A Modern History
Father and son team, Paul & Paul E. Hurst have been responsible for the daily running of the Shard Riverside for the past two decades. They realised the potential of the riverside setting and took ownership of the Shard in 1999. At this time the Shard had fallen into disrepair and the Hurst family set about rejuvenating this dilapidated village pub.
The first stage was to strip the interior to its shell and completely rebuild the bar and restaurant. The largely unused upper floor was reimagined, and the Hurst's finally re-opened the Shard Riverside in 2000, with a brand new look, now featuring seven B&B styled bedrooms and a panoramic riverside dining conservatory.
The Hurst's always knew the Shard offerd more potential and in 2007 they set about on phase two. This saw a brand new 'third floor' open in 2007, which added 11 brand new bedrooms overlooking the banks of the River Wyre.
The third and final stage was completed in 2010 bringing the total number of bedrooms offered to 23, and is how the Shard presently looks. The Hurst's are forward thinking and periodically re-fresh the interior to keep up with modern tastes, and update the guest facilities too. In fact the Shard was the first hotel in the area to offer complimentary wifi and flat screen 'interconnected TV's. In 2015 we are excited to offer diners the option to reserve a table from the their smartphone or tablet.
Changing Times (and tastes)
Shard Bar 2003 Shard Bar 2015
Local Suppliers at the heart of our dining Experience
We believe passionately in supporting local business when sourcing our menu. It helps create strong trading partnerships and lets you know where your food originates when choosing the Shard. Plus it means quality and freshness for the best dining experience. That's why we are exited and proud to work with some of the best supplies on the Fylde Coast.
Established over thirty years ago, the Smoke House has retained and maintained the traditional methods of preparing and curing fish and meats of all kinds. Their commitment to quality ingredients and time honoured traditions has won overall acclaim for their smoked products.
Established in 1989, Choice Meats began as a small butchers shop on Dickson Road in Blackpool. Their fresh meat is professionally prepared at their EC cutting plant in Poulton by skilled and experienced butchers. This ensures a consistent quality that customers expect.
Renowned ice-cream makers, Wallings of Cockerham use fresh cows milk direct from the field across the road! Their huge variety of dairy ice-creams have made Wallings a famous name and people travel for miles to visit their rural ice-cream parlour.
The Procter family first made cheese in the picturesque village of Chipping in the 1930s. Chipping is a well known tourist attraction set in the heart of North West England's Ribble Valley with tiny cottages and narrow cobbled streets. Our small farms have lush pasture, producing excellent milk for cheese making. Procter's purpose built factory on the outskirts of the village has modern refrigeration, packing, and warehousing, offering the most up to date facilities for the storage and maturing of quality cheeses.
Our chef's proudly make a range of freshly baked that not only smell delicious but taste even better! They compliment some of our dishes or make a great stand alone side order to your main course.
Who can resit a home-baked dessert? From sticky toffee pudding to rich and creamy cheesecake. Our chefs ask you leave room, or maybe take one home to enjoy later on!