We asked our readers to suggest fourteen places you could take a date on Valentine’s Day in Preston.Advertisement
We’ve been a bit liberal in this list, as some are a little outside the city and some don’t fall on Friday 14 February either – but are the following day so we consider that fair play.
And it’s clear you’re an eclectic bunch with your suggestions.
1. Hand and Dagger, at Treales
Take the other half for a traditional Lancashire meal at the Hand and Dagger. It’s a short drive out of Preston to Treales. Landlord Martin Evans will be on hand to welcome you, we suggest booking a table in advance for the Friday.
Tel: 01772 690306
Address: Hand & Dagger, Treales Road, Salwick, Kirkham, Lancashire, PR4 0SA
2. Watch a roller derby
Yes, a roller derby in Preston. The Preston Roller Girls are in action against Swansea on Saturday 15 February. You’d definitely score points for originality on a date. Tickets are £5 on the door and the action starts from 2.45pm, so you’ve still got time for some food and drinks after the final whistle. More details on Facebook.
3. Tapas in the city
There are some staples you can rely on, and one is Duk and Pond are a very safe bet for Valentine’s Day. Both restaurants offer fantastic tapas and getting your fingers all slippery with their oily treats is bound to get pulses racing. Duk is on Lancaster Road while Pond is on Cross Street. Read Kris Ball’s review of Duk.
4. Just like watchin’ North End…
Might not be the most popular choice, but wrap up warm and head to watch Preston North End take on Leyton Orient. If you’ve found a girl who likes a bit of footie, we’d suggest she’s a keeper. Sorry. But PNE are in the promotion hunt to the Championship and tickets shouldn’t be too dear. Warm up with a pint somewhere in town after. Ticket info will appear on the North End website.
5. Towneley Arms Hotel, Longridge
Take a trip out of Preston to border country, Longridge. The Townley Arms is suggested by one of our readers as a place to settle down and enjoy a hearty meal. Looks like steak is the main choice, at a very reasonable price. See their website for more information.
6. The Naaz Cuisine, Bamber Bridge
We’ve not been to the Naaz, but it comes highly recommended. What could be more romantic than having a massive curry on Valentine’s Day? You can find the Naaz on Club Street just off Station Road in Bamber Bridge. See their website for details.
7. Gusto Italia, Bamber Bridge
You can approach your love life with gusto, ok, ok, sorry, we take that back. Gusto Italia in Bamber Bridge is a classy little place to try and does traditional ice cream. Booking is advised.
8. Slice of Sicily, Penwortham or Fulwood
Sticking with the Italian theme, this is an old favourite. Tried and trusted by many in Penwortham to impress a date for years. And now they’ve branched out into Fulwood, just up from the Black Bull pub. You’ll need to get booking soon.
9. Olde Bluebell, Church Street
If you’ve got a cheap date, Ye Olde Blue Bell on Church Street is a good place to get the beers in. In 2011, our friend over at Top Lancs Pubs got a couple of pints in for just £3.51. Yes, you read that right. Two pints below £4.
10. Comedy at Frog and Bucket
Have a giggle and head to Preston’s comedy club, in the shadow of the Bus Station and Guild Hall. Mike Wilkinson is your compere with George Egg, Paul Smith and Seymour Mace on the bill. Starts at 7pm and tickets are £13. Or you can go for the Valentine’s Deal with two tickets and two meals at £38.
11. Cocktails at Forum
Want somewhere classy? Forum has that low-level lighting and slightly sharp-intake of breath bar prices that will impress your date but not your bank manager. Get a table and enjoy some cocktails throughout the evening with the cobbled streets heading down to Winckley Square alongside you.
12. Salsa lesson at Fever Dance Studio
For the more up-tempo and adventurous, you could go on a dancing date. Just off New Hall Lane might not at first sound like a great place to go for a romantic time, but Fever is the dance studio just off there and offer private lessons. So get your groove on and impress your date with your moves.
13. Olive Press on Winckley Square
You can’t go wrong with Olive Press and Heathecote’s, good food and it’s fairly reasonable. She’ll know your serious if the taxi pulls up here.
14. A walk round the Docks
Ok, so this is completely weather permitting. But Preston’s docks and marina do look lovely at night, with the lights all round the water. There’s a few pubs on the Docks you can stop off at (or Morrisons?) for a drink.
Where did we miss? What’s your recommendation for a date night in Preston? Let us know in the comments below