When you first walk past Three Monkeys, you could be forgiven for doing just that – walking straight past it.Advertisement
The name itself, the colourful exterior and equally bright interior provide plenty of intrigue but it’s probably not the first port of call for those searching for a sandwich or a lunchtime snack around the city centre.
But part of its unique charm – and the reason it has achieved such cult status amongst students in Preston – is the low-key appearance.
Because while it may be low-profile visually, the team behind the till produce high-profile stuff in the kitchen – and cure numerous student hangovers in the process – with feel-good food which packs a punch.
The queues at peak hours are enough to turn heads too, but there’s a reason ravenous students are intent on getting their chicken and rice fix.
Simply, it’s worth the wait.
If you like your chicken with a bit of a kick (think peri-peri, Jamaican and Portuguese spice varieties) then you’ll love Three Monkeys.
The most popular item on the menu is certainly the rice dish, which includes a selection of salad options, plus a number of sauces to add another layer of flavour.
Oh, and the portions offer excellent value for money.
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For £2, you can get yourself a baguette packed with chicken, or steak should you prefer, along with veg, sauce and cheese – although it’s worth pointing out that comes at an additional price.
Add another quid to that and you’ll get yourself a two-part box stuffed to the brim with rice, salad and meat while they also offer an ever-changing specials menu from week to week.
Opening hours of 11.30am to 11pm are an added attraction, with ‘Elevenses’, lunchtime, mid-afternoon snacks and tea all catered for.
The only caveat to all this is the space – or lack of it – should you wish to eat inside.
Given the success they have achieved since setting up around the university campus, it’s surprising that they have not looked to expand in any way, despite sister sites Delicious Delight and Equator Cafe offering similar menus.
In short, don’t go to Three Monkeys if you are looking for a sit-down meal. Space is at a premium; it’s cosy bordering on a squeeze.
But do go if you’re after something quick, affordable and most importantly of all filled full of flavour.
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