Joined: Mar 25, 2002
From: Tiki Manor, Forest of Bowland,UK
|Posted: 2004-03-24 09:38 am  Permalink|
Butlins Beachcombers were a string of Tiki Bars situated within the Butlins Holiday Camp complexes during the 1960's & 1970's. It's widely believed that the owner of Butlin's, Sir Billy Butlin took the idea for the bars after a visit to the Beachcomber Bar at the Mayfair Hotel in London.
The Beachcomber Bars were found in a number of different locations - the Beachcomber at Filey opened in 1965 and others were built at Minehead, Skegness, Bognor Regis, and Barry Island. These bars were probably not made with the highest craftmanship as the holiday camps themselves were built cheaply, catering for a British working class that were living in a time before cheap vacations to places like Spain and France. From what I understand, drinks were not served in Tiki mugs, though a small Tiki plate and a fierce-looking mug were sold as souvenirs.
The bars did't last long, in fact the Barry Island bar burnt down in 1968. As far as I know, little remains of these bars today as Butlins has gone through an almost continuous process of change and refurbishment, with an eye firmly on the trends of the current day.
[ This Message was edited by: Trader Woody on 2004-03-24 09:38 ]