Eating Out in Preston: Restaurants, pubs and Lancashire food

Buffet @ Preston. Photo credits: Tony Worrall

Preston has a variety of around 250 restaurants to choose from, ranging from British, Chinese, Mexican and more.  Here is a brief overview of the cuisine you can find in the one of the UK’s newest cities. You can see the latest news about restaurants in Preston in our dedicated section.


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Newly opened on Preston’s capital centre is Prezzo, which is perfect whether you want an intimate dinner or you simply want to go for a lovely Italian meal. Great service, reasonable prices and stylish decor are offered along with delicious food. It’s one of the perfect restaurants to visit in the heart of Preston. Find out more on the Prezzo website.

For somewhere outside of the city centre, which has always been highly recommended, try The Italian Orchard. Established in 1985, this restaurant offers something for families, couples, and friends, and is the best place to visit if you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion.

All of their ingredients are sourced directly from Italy and on some nights you’ll even hear someone playing the grand piano. It has a very strong and successful reputation for offering their signature and traditional dishes. This is one of the top restaurants in Preston. Find out more on The Italian Orchard website.



Situated in the city centre, Buffet @ Preston is a restaurant where you can eat as much as you like for a fixed price. There are a very wide variety of dishes including hot appetisers, main courses, vegetarian dishes and also salads and desserts.

It is one of the only places in Preston that offers this type of dining and is excellent value for money. Always busy, this is a restaurant that is very popular with students at the University of Central Lancashire and families as well. Find out more on the Buffet@Preston website.

Also situated in the city centre is the very large and authentic Great Times Chinese Restaurant.  The service is said to be brilliant and the food on the traditional menu is said to be made fresh, and be very good value for money.  Find out more by calling 01772 250173.


We all know curries are very popular in the UK and here in Preston, we’re lucky enough to have one of the best curry houses. East z East is now the new home of Punjab cuisine in this city. Sleek, contemporary and stylish, this restaurant will never fail to disappoint.

It’s always busy and the staff are very friendly and attentive. They offer classic curries along with a range of dishes, some of which you may never have heard of. All the food is cooked to perfection and is mouth-wateringly good. This is a curry house experience you won’t want to miss out on. Find out more on the East z East website.

Find out more on the EastZEast website.


No one can argue that you can’t beat a lovely pub lunch and Preston has many enjoyable British restaurants on offer. The Sparling is one of these.

With a menu that includes classic favourites, this is a restaurant where traditional meets modern. You’ll find wooden beams, leather sofas and cosy fireplaces, making it feel like you’ve never left the comfort of your home. Find out more on The Sparling website.

Another place renowned for its brilliant British food is The Smiths Arms. Standing alone on a country road, surrounded by fields and a great beer garden, makes this place perfect for throughout the year. It offers locally sourced, home cooked food, great value for money and excellent service. They can serve you a great pint too. Find out more on The Smiths Arms website.

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It’s not just fancy restaurants in Preston, there’s also street food available with jacket potatoes and traditional parched pea. Image credit to Tony Worrall.

Useful links

Here’s some useful websites if you’re planning to eat out in and around Preston:

Grub, Nosh, Scran | Kris Ball blogs as he eats out at Preston and other North West restaurants. He also blogs for Blog Preston from time to time.

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Sugarvine | A directory site but very comprehensive, gives you a good range of the restaurants available to eat at.

Visit Preston | The official tourist guide to the city gives a good flavour of what’s on offer and has nice little profiles of some of the city’s best places to eat.

Visit Lancashire | Looking beyond the city limits, Visit Lancashire has a great guide to the food and drink in the county. And if there’s one thing for sure it’s that Lancashire is home to some of the finest produce in the land. Yum!

Paul Heathcote Twitter | He is Mr Food in Preston. He’s an MBE as well for his services to food in this country. Knows his stuff when it comes to fine dining and running restaurants, well worth a follow if you’re on Twitter to find out more about his insight into business, food and Preston.

Lancashire Life Food & Drink | A magazine covering Lancashire and has a comprehensive look at food & drink in the county, well worth a browse for independent restaurant reviews amongst other foodie gems.

Lancashire Magazine | Another Lancashire magazine, again covers the county and does restaurant reviews.

Guide put together by Holly Sutton

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