England’s nail-biting World Cup victory against Colombia sent football fans around the country wild, including Prestonians who took to the streets to celebrate.Advertisement
The Three Lions beat Colombia 4-3 on penalties after the South Americans took the tie to extra time with a 93rd minute equaliser. Ex North-Ender Jordan Pickford was the hero of the hour, making a fantastic save to hand Eric Dier the glory of scoring the winning penalty.
There’s barely any time to recover, though, as Gareth Southgate’s team face Sweden at 3pm on Saturday (July 7) in the quarter-finals. If you’re thinking of heading out for the game, here are some of the best places in Preston to catch the action.
Is there anything better than watching football with a beer? How about watching football with a beer that’s been delivered to your table? The Adelphi is offering table service throughout the World Cup, and tables are being booked up fast for Saturday’s match.
There’s an outdoor TV and bar, plus offers including beer and burger deals and double-up spirits for £1.25. Or you could try to keep as cool as Harry Kane stepping up for a penalty, with a drink from the slushie machine – currently serving cola cider and Strongbow Dark Fruits flavours.
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Bull & Royal
When asked if the Bull & Royal had been busy for England’s World Cup matches, manager Peter said, “That’s an understatement”. In fact Peter reckons 90% of the fans celebrating on Church Street after the Colombia game had poured out of his pub.
There are no drinks offers and you’ll be supping from plastic glasses, but with a 17 foot TV screen and a great atmosphere, who cares. Also, did we mention that Peter is Scottish? Swedish fans welcome.
The Golden Ball of Longton
This one-year-old pub doesn’t normally show football, but they’ve gone all out for our England boys during the World Cup. Their “Longton Fanzone” has been set up in the front beer garden complete with a TV, free bacon butties at half-time, plus more food available to purchase from the barbecue.
There’s plenty of seating, three TVs inside, and kids are welcome. The band who are playing straight after the match will be praying for an England win.
Level has been offering selected pints at £2 and 10 bottles for £25 throughout the World Cup, so is it any wonder they’ve been packed out for all of England’s games so far.
You can watch England take on the Blågult (that’s The Blue-Yellow in Swedish) in the fresh air, as the roof will be open on the ReView terrace. So if you want to avoid looking as red as Kevin De Bruyne after a 60 yard run in the Russian heat, may we also suggest you take some sunscreen.
A pub named in honour of Preston North End legend Sir Tom Finney must be a good option to watch football.
This family-friendly establishment is showing Saturday’s game in their bar area and booths, and you can reserve a booth in advance.
The match will also be on in the Wacky Warehouse, and you can get free admission for your kids to play until 5pm by mentioning this article. There are plenty of offers, including a large selection of bottles at two for £5 and a chicken bucket family deal plus dessert for £15.
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This is a large venue that will be big screen central for the game on Saturday. We’re not sure exactly how big the several big screens are, but we’ve been assured they are indeed… big. Roper are even opening The Dark Room, where the match will be shown on the (big) projector.
There’s also five TVs to choose from. Drinks offers include three Budweisers for £10, six for £17, 12 for £30 or 18 for £40. We’re getting 18 Buds. What are you having?
Where will you be watching the game? Are England going to do it? Let us know in the comments below.