Discovering the best independent cafes near Preston

Posted on - 3rd November, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Food & Drink, Preston News, Restaurants in Preston
Cakes from Light Ash Farm Shop

A book has been produced detailing the best independent cafes, tea rooms and fish and chip restaurants throughout the North West.


Out of the best 35 places in the region, the Preston area was awarded five outstanding eateries and these have earned their rightful place in the Cafe Culture book.

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The book was written by Victoria Greenwood, who published the new guide after travelling throughout the North West and whittling down her list.

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The best independent cafes, tea rooms and fish & chip restaurants were chosen after focusing on lovingly home-made food with the best locally sourced ingredients.


The top 5 eateries in Preston included the Light Ash Farm Shop and Cafe, Cobble Hey Farm, Garstang Fish and Chips, The Potting Shed and Stydd.

The Potting Shed Afternoon Tea

Victoria Greenwood said: “The book was created to find the best fish and chip restaurants, independent cafes, and hidden gems around the northwest.

“My Father helped me in finding places, and the design and layout of the book were by Paul Grogan of Think Design Agency Manchester, who also supplied some of the fantastic scenic photography.

“The main focus was on homemade food, quality local ingredients, seasonal menus, and genuine hospitality.

“To find this combination all in one place was a challenging yet enjoyable quest.

“To say why each of the cafés featured is the best is simple,  because they are all fantastic but each has its own uniqueness.”

Cafe Culture Book

Light Ash Farm Shop was selected due to its selection of cakes with over 40 different cakes, bakes and pies all homemade at the farm- and the rest of the menu follows suit.

With wonderful staff, the family run, and family orientated eatery, helps you to feel welcomed by all.

Garstang fish and chips was said to be by far the best fish and chip restaurant in the Preston area, with the owner winning young fish fryer of the year – and the food, décor and menu selection being called ‘fantastic’.

Cobble Hey Farm is a working farm producing a lot of its own meat and vegetables – the rest is locally sourced, and all these are used in the tearoom to produce quality homemade food.

Black pudding at the Stydd

The Potting Shed has a great fresh menu, using wonderful local ingredients to create fantastic dishes, with tasty classics and indulgent salads in a rustic and homely setting.

Stydd has a Mediterranean greenhouse dining area, with the menu and use of fresh local produce creating truly mouth-watering food.

The Cafe Culture book has a retail price of £14.99, and comes with £100 of vouchers which can be redeemed at each recommended venue.

You can purchase the book online by visiting the website.

What do you think about the best independent cafes in Preston? Do you have any to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below

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