Originally the building was a public toilet, workmen’s hut and had a small lookout area.
In 1995, the council boarded up the building in an attempt to discourage the vandalism that was costing several hundreds of pounds a year.
A local businessman came up with an idea to convert the building into a theme pub and, with the help of colleagues in the building trade, the idea went from drawing board to the real thing.
Support came from the Rural Development Commission in the form of a grant towards the building costs.
All of the wood used in the building was reclaimed from the old breakwaters and groynes that used to be on the Chapel Beach.
The Admiral Benbow Beach Bar has operated since 1997 and since then has gathered a dedicated clientele who have spread the word from person to person. It is still, however, one of the Lincolnshire Coast's best kept secrets.
Outside the bar, we have a seating area built to give the impression of being on board a pirate ship. The area is very popular with families. The children can play on the beach in sight of Mum and Dad whilst they enjoy a refreshing drink on board ship!
In May 2004 Gillian and Paul bought the Admiral Benbow as having been customers themselves they could no longer resist its charms. With over 60 years of business experience between them they set about revitalising the old inn with an eye to keeping the ambience and familiar decor intact.The Admiral Benbow has been featured in both the national and local press and on Television. Sadly Gillian is no longer with us but she gave us all the will to carry on and make the Admiral Benbow what it is today.
The Admiral Benbow
is named after the inn featured in the book Treasure Island. "Admiral Benbow" is a traditional pub name after Vice Admiral John Benbow (1653 - 1703).
Dogs are welcome in the bar (on leads)
Treat them to doggy beer, doggy wine and doggy ice cream!
You will find us in the CAMRA good beer guide
WiFi is available in
the bar and outside
ask at the bar for codes
nine beers, ciders and lagers to choose from
including three real ales
Find us on the promenade in Chapel st Leonards. Go through the village, up the pullover and turn right. That’s us
50 yards along
We have a selection of wines by the glass and bottle.