The Olive Press – Delicious but pricey

Posted on - 28th September, 2010 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Food & Drink, Restaurants in Preston, Reviews, Things to Do in and around Preston


Drinks prices
Small Glass of wine from £2.50
Pint of draught beer (Estrella Damm) £3.65
Bottle of Westons Premium Organic cider £3.95
Fentimans traditionally brewed botanical soft drinks £2.50
Range of cocktails £5 each or two for £6

Choice on menu: 15/20
Cleanliness: 18/20
Food: 16/20
Service: 17/20
Price: 10/20

A few hours before going to The Olive Press I received a text reminding me that I had a table booked, a nice touch I thought.

Upon arrival the restaurant was busy so we were invited to sit in the bar for a drink before being shown to our table.

The special menu of pan-fried gnocchi with tomato and bacon sauce followed by shepherd’s pie filled with slow cooked lamb shank and served with buttered peas and sweetcorn and finished with Baileys crème brûlée all for £18.95 caught my eye straight away.

The starter was beautifully presented and packed with flavour. The shepherd’s pie was topped with creamy mashed potato and contained the most tender meat which fell apart as soon as your fork touched it. The brûlée was deliciously rich with a very strong taste of alcohol which is good because often when you order a liquor dessert it doesn’t taste of the supposed liquor!

In the interest of writing this post I had a taste of the spicy lamb and bacon meatballs starter (£6.40) which were also full of flavour and the chicken and sweetcorn pizza with a garlic base (£8.70) a delicious twist on the traditional chicken and sweetcorn pizza.

The open kitchen is very clean as is the rest of the restaurant.

The staff are friendly and were very apologetic when they accidently brought us the wrong dessert.

If you want a taste of the Mediterranean without leaving Preston there are other, more affordable restaurants but The Olive Press is worth it for a special occasion.

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