The 50 places in Lancashire you have to eat out at this year

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From Italian eateries, Asian fusion restaurants and places to enjoy a quick bite or brunch, take a look at where you should try in Lancashire in 2022

 

Inside Plau in Preston
Inside Plau in Preston (Image: James Maloney/Lancs Live)

The hospitality industry is one of the sectors to suffer the most during the pandemic.

With rolling lockdown and government restrictions, rising rental and utility costs and staff shortages, coupled with a drop in footfall and rise in cancellations, some restaurants will be limping into 2022, hoping for their fortunes to change.

And with a sense of pre-pandemic normality and people becoming more comfortable to eat out again, we have compiled an expansive list of venues in Lancashire where we think you should try, and in turn support local suppliers and employment.

You’ll find everything from casual dining places, restaurants selling specialist cuisine and venues offerings something a little different for you to try for the first time.

We have visited a huge chunk of eateries included in the round-up this year and combined those with some that score very highly in online reviews or come strongly recommended from reliable sources.

So, strap yourselves in and join us as we take you on a journey through restaurants serving mouth-wateringly good, fresh and quality food for you to look forward to enjoying in 2022.

Sprinkled in our list is a number of venues we tried out this year, whether it was because they served up simply scrumptious food and had been getting rave reviews or if they have a signature dish on the menu that sets it part.

Stefani’s, Blackpool

This pizzeria specialises in genuine Neapolitan-style pizza, after the owner spent time in Naples learning about ingredients for the sauce and methods of how to cook it properly, before passing his secrets to the chefs.

Stefani’s is located on the west side of Cedar Square in Blackpool and with less than 10 tables, it feels like the kind of place you could stumble across on a side street in Rome or Verona.

Secret Bistro, Lancaster

You’ll get substance and style at Secret Bistro, one of the latest additions to the growing foodie scene in Lancaster.

The interior décor is funky and fun and the service also reflects the general vibe of the place – relaxed and welcoming.

Expect seasonal ingredients cooked to make French-inspired dishes packed with flavour.

Enzo’s, Burnley

Ok, it’s a takeaway, but we couldn’t leave it off.

And besides the seriously good pizza, you have to try the Sicilian meatballs

Moor Hall, Aughton

Moor Hall in Ormskirk. Pictured is the restaurant
Moor Hall in Ormskirk. Pictured is the restaurant

The two Michelin Star high-end restaurant with rooms is fronted by head chef Mark Birchall and also has another fine dining establishment, The Barn in the grounds of the vast estate.

Moor Hall has won a plethora of awards since it opened in 2016, including being named the ‘Best in the UK’ at the National Restaurant Awards 2021.

It may be on the pricey side, but you can expect some of the best cooking in Lancashire and a truly memorable culinary experience.

Quarterhouse, Lancaster

This independent eatery boasts a menu of stunning seasonal dishes and specialises in brunch and lunch and also serves earl bird options.

The chefs, Alan and James, are both Lancashire natives and developed their expertise throughout the county and Cumbria respectively.

The interior is sleek and fashionable and the service is friendly. Read more about what it has to offer, including vegan dishes, here.

Papa’s, Blackpool

Back in August, this restaurant had the honour of being crowned the ‘UK’s Best Chippy’ and it’s had plenty of time to perfect its menu, after first opening in Hull in 1966.

It has an extensive menu, with vegetarian options, desserts and sides alongside the delicious main event – fish and chips.

263, Preston

Peak potato - the 263 butter pie
Peak potato – the 263 butter pie

This fine dining establishment was closed for sometime but reopened this winter and is located on the ground floor of the Winckley Square Hotel.

It has Oli Martin, who you may recognise from BBC’s Masterchef and Rikki Hughes in the kitchen and the menu has Lancashire recipes, produce and people at its heart, no more so than the butter pie dish, which we went in to try recently.

Cobble, Ormskirk

Predominantly a brunch and lunch venue, Cobble also delivers excellent specials and has recently started cooking a ‘@ Night’ small plates menu in the evenings, Thursday to Sunday.

In December, we tried the Christmas ciabatta special and it was ‘festively fantastic’.

Cobble is cool and rustic and perfect for a leisurely weekend brunch in the town centre.

Brew, Lancaster

If interesting and unusual ingredient combination are your thing, then look no further than Brew, who served a Sprouts and Wild Mushrooms dish in the run up to Christmas.

But don’t worry, if your palate prefers more regular meals, coffee and baked goods and seasonal food, such as eggs benedict, croque Madame, French toast, full English meat, vegan or veggie breakfast and porridge.

Freemasons, Wiswell

The Freemasons at Wiswell
The Freemasons at Wiswell

An award-winning gastropub that’s a delight for all the sense, putting a contemporary twist to classic dishes and it also has rooms.

It’s nestled nicely in the Ribble Valley and you can soak in stunning views and you can opt for the taster menu or main a la carte.

Fino Tapas, Preston

The finest Spanish tapas served in a restaurant set inside a beautiful Gothic building.

Expect cold cuts, fine cheeses, expertly chosen wines and continental-style service.

It also has another venue in Lytham St Annes.

Base, Ulverston

Popular for its vast vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options Base has MasterChef The Professionals chef Mark Satterthwaite in the kitchen and devising the menu.

Mark utilities his upbringing in the South Lakes of Cumbria to inspire his dishes in this modern, minimalist-style restaurant.

Plau, Preston

You’ll find inventive, colourful and high quality food at Plau, while also washing it down with one of the 39 gins on offer or a pint of German beer.

This place is truly a jewel in Preston’s crown, with a good service and you’ll find yourself wanting to take everyone you know there, if you’re lucky enough to find a table, due to its popularity.

Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston

This one does the lot – it is a pub, restaurant and hotel and like many other venues that have made the cut here, it’s won awards.

There’s a French vibe running through the menu and it’s totally affordable, too.

Elvin’s, Lytham St Annes

Elvin's shawarma is one of the most popular dishes on the menu
Elvin’s shawarma is one of the most popular dishes on the menu (Image: Elvin’s)

This venue regularly gets five-star reviews and we had to try it out to see if it really was worth all the hype.

Spoiler: It is.

You’ll find this authentic Lebanese cafe tucked away inside the quaint Clifton Walk just off the high street in the town centre, nestled between candle shops and vintage clothing boutiques.

Bees Country Kitchen, Chorley

Sometimes you just want a ‘grab and go’ style lunch but that doesn’t mean you have to skimp on quality.

In steps the Bees Country Kitchen, based in Chorley Market, where you’ll find traditional hearty food cooked with love. and skill

Barton Bangla Brasserie, Preston

This family-run curry house won the Best Curry Restaurant in the UK at the prestigious Curry Awards this year and we took a 64-mile round trip to go along to give it a try.

It was worth it – from the attentive and knowledgeable service to the taste-bud pleasing food.

Tap Select, Oswaldtwistle

Glug on an IPA and have a go at an 80s retro game while you wait for your food, which is casual and street-foody.

if you don’t fancy a full meal but just a little peckish, it’s ideal too. However you can also stuff your face with one of every dish on the menu.

The Millstone, Mellor

Joining our ‘great places to eat in the Ribble Valley’ club is the Millstone.

The menu is laced with dishes using locally-sourced ingredients. It wasn’t awarded a AA Rosette for nothing, you know.

The Moorbrook, Preston

Hearty wood-fired pizza, with big screen showing sport and cask ales on tap.

In fact, the Moorbrook has Preston’s largest selection of draught cask and keg beers, along with spirits and wines, of course.

Holm, Lancaster

The store front of Holm on Lancaster's King Street
The store front of Holm on Lancaster’s King Street

Pull up a pew in this Scandinavian style cafe haven, offering coffee, cakes and light bites you’ll keep coming back for.

Located on King Street, Holm also has an in-store market selling a variety of Nordic food, drink and home wares to their visitors.

Slice Guys/Two Cents, Ormskirk

Nicola Jackson-Jones had worked in insurance for 18 years when she decided to make the huge career change just before the coronavirus pandemic hit and open up a pizzeria.

She has gone on to be nominated as Pizza Chef of the Year and due to the success of the restaurant, which offers dine in, takeaway and also a ‘pizza school’, Nicola plans to run a luxury pizza delivery van called Two Cents Pizza from a converted horse box.

The Brasserie, Morecambe

Authentic Greek cuisine tucked away just off the Morecambe Central Promenade.

It is understated and offers a warm welcome to diners and offers a range of Mediterranean drinks to pair with the food.

Yorkshire Fisheries, Blackpool

Don’t be fooled by the name, this award-winning establishment is firmly located in the Red Rose county.

And we’re lucky that it is, too, as this traditional chippy, which has been open since 1905, serves irresistible haddock and cod and and don’t forget the daily specials.

Sun Pizza, Lancaster

Another new addition to Lancaster city centre is Sun Pizza, which is run by a group of university students.

Diners have really taken to the relaxed atmosphere and what some call the ‘best pizza in Lancaster’.

King Street Kitchen, Whalley

You won’t take too long making your way through the menu options here, as the focus is very much on quality not quantity.

It’s like being in your family’s dining room, its; cozy and inviting and ideal if you are looking for a good feed with loved ones.

Oh, and it’s in the Ribble Valley *wink emoji*.

Bagel Deli, Ormskirk

Look at that: The salt beef bagel at The Bagel Deli in Ormskirk
Look at that: The salt beef bagel at The Bagel Deli in Ormskirk (Image: LancsLive)

This five-star bakery has roots in Brick Lane – the home of the ‘beigal’ and alternative way of baking a bagel.

They bake bagels daily and their salt beef bagel is a thing of beauty. Take a look at what we thought when we went to try it for ourselves.

Pizza Grazie, Blackpool

We love a restaurant that also gives back, and Pizza Grazie does just that.

Not only is it a registered charity and opens as a soup kitchen twice a week, it also runs a ‘pay it forward’ scheme for local homeless people.

Oh, and the food is “deliciously scrumptious” and “Beautiful” according to diners who have ventured to the converted church.

Brizola, Clitheroe

Brizola is a bit tucked away from the outside, in a little courtyard in quaint and trendy Clitheroe.

It’s menu is inspired by Rachael Moreau’s travels to Mykonos and is popular among foodies and locals alike, with customers traveling from afar to tr4y the food there.

Zest of India, Blackpool

Zest offers Indian subcontinent food and Turkish style curry along with grilled food.

The Indian-Turkish fusion cooking style sets it apart from the rest and it has a 93% ‘excellent’ TripAdvisor rating.

Sultan, Lancaster

Tyson Fury loves Sultan and we’re not about to argue with him.

However, after visiting ourselves, there really was no need to as we were impressed with the free water bottles and sheer choice on offer, from curry and burgers to calzone pockets, falafel wraps and chicken sizzlers.

However, after visiting ourselves, there really was no need to as we were impressed with the free water bottles and sheer choice on offer, from curry and burgers to calzone pockets, falafel wraps and chicken sizzlers. Read more here

Mandrakes, Ormskirk

What’s better than afternoon tea? A Harry Potter-themed afternoon tea, complete with wizardry magic and potion drinks, that’s what.

Mandrakes also has an onsite shop selling memorabilia for fans of JK Rowling’s books.

Take a look inside.

Spread Eagle, Mellor

The Spread Eagle is a family-friendly gastropub with a gorgeous terrace overlooking the ever-present Ribble Valley.

On the menu you’ll find traditional pub fayre, lighter meals and desserts. It makes for a lovely trip out for lunch, combined with a walk in the nearby trails.

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The Bank Bar and Grill, Blackpool

The family-owned restaurant located on Corporation Street was given a Traveller’s Choice Award and listed as one of the ‘Top Everyday Eats’ in the UK and Channel Islands last month (July) and came in sixth place on TripAdvisor’s top 10 list.

Bank is known for its mix of British, Contemporary and Grill cuisine options and its extensive cocktail menu.

Quite Simply French, Lancaster

The food at Quite Simply French in Lancaster is said to be amazing
The food at Quite Simply French in Lancaster is said to be amazing (Image: Tripadvisor)

This French restaurant in Lancaster has been rated the top place to go in the city on TripAdvisor and has thousands of great reviews.

It even has its own rooms for you to stay in, after indulging in the food and wine.

In their own words, quite simply French said: “The emphasis is on great ingredients from the area with local charm and stylish panache coming together to create an insider feel that you don’t get at a more formal hotel.”

Coco’s Soul Food, Preston

Head to Coco’s for one of the best burritos that will ever pass your lips.

It’s a bit of landmark in Friargate and popular with students, families, couples – the lot.

It’s a fuss-free place with, good value, scrumptious food.

Northcote, Langho

Another venue in the Ribble Valley, on the cup of the Forest of Bowland, which is constantly enhancing its claim as one of THE areas for good food in Lancashire.

It’s also the second Michelin-star restaurant to feature on our list, offering British dishes created by executive chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen.

Expect elegant, classy and beautiful-looking food which honours the heritage of the surrounding area.

The Mad Hunter, Lancaster/St Michael’s

Durban bunny chow served at The Mad Hunter
The famous Durban bunny chow – a shin of beef and marrow bone slow cooked curry, served in half a loaf of bread with raita and sambal (Image: The Mad Hunter)

Based at two different locations and you most likely won’t forget your visit here – it’s flamboyant and imaginative.

You’ll discover an eclectic menu, from Mozambican peri peri prawn taco, cape Karoo mussels, wild board spring roll starters and mezzes to a chicken and chorizo burger, ribs and fried halloumi for the larger plates.

Scholars Training Academy, Blackburn

This venue is Blackburn College’s fully licensed training restaurant.

Located on campus, customers are offered a professional dining experience by students passionate about cooking.

Lunch is served daily from 12pm – 2pm and all food is freshly produced using local suppliers.

Turquaz, Ormskirk

You can smell this Turkish barbeque restaurant as the meat and fish sizzles away on the grill, wafting past your nose.

There’s meat and veggie platters, halal options, homemade hummus, flatbreads and dips, ribs, steak and huge portion of fresh fish on the menu and it’s the ideal place to differing palates.

Turquaz successfully brings a taste of Middle Eastern cuisine to West Lancashire.

Georgonzola, Clitheroe

OK, so this one you can’t actually dine in at it, but you can purchase some quality, locally-sourced deli meats cheeses, condiments and sauces.

We just love the play-on-words name and the owner, George, set the whole thing up, determined to turn being made redundant into a positive.

Oh, and you should always try and shop local, everyone.

White Swan, Fence

White Swan at Fence
White Swan at Fence

The White Swan sells itself as “elevated comfort fare on offer in quaint quarters with a fireplace” and we don’t know about you, but that sounds perfect for the winter months.

And with seasonal ingredients delicately weaved into the menu to keep it fresh and exciting all year round, it’s worth a visit in spring, summer and autumn, too.

Oh, and it’s got a Michelin star thanks to the genius of chef Tom Parker.

Twelve, Thornton-Cleveleys

Another on the list that consistently scores very highlight in online customer reviews.

They love how the restaurant, which is run by husband and wife, Paul Moss and Caroline Upton and is situated next to one of Europe’s tallest windmills, is the whole package – from food, service to location.

Read more here

Wild Root, West Lancs

A popular stop with walkers and cyclists, Wild Root offers something a little different to West Lancastrians.

It’s a multi-purpose space, too, with a cafe, deli, garden centre and farm shop all onsite.

You’ll find cultured cashew cheese manufacturer and specialises in plant-based eating

Mi Casa Su Casa, Blackpool

The only tapas in Lancashire that can rival Fino in Preston – Mi Casa Su Casa is in the Good Food Guide and we agree entirely with its inclusion.

It’s also one of the best places to eat in Blackpool.

Greekouzina, Preston

Greekouzina has moved premises to Preston town centre after outgrowing its previous site
Greekouzina has moved premises to Preston town centre after outgrowing its previous site (Image: Greekouzina/Facebook)

This authentic Greek restaurant has just moved location after outgrowing its previous one.

Run by married Greek couple Karastergios and Christina Laporda, Greekouzinaoffers a menu packed with traditional food and homemade recipes,including gyoza wraps, handmade souvlaki, kebab politiko, baklava pastries and fresh salads.

Michael Wan’s Wok Inn Seaside Noodle Bar/Michael Wan’s Mandarin , Blackpool

Both of Michael Wan’s restaurants were recently named among the top 100 restaurants in the UK, with the list focusing on “one of a kind” eateries.

Step in an Asian ‘ruin bar’-style interior and chomp down on a bowl of noodles at the Wok Inn or traditional Cantonese dish at the more formal Mandarin.

Angels, Ribchester

Contemporary, upmarket dining brought to you by executive had chef Simon Eastham.

The menu evolves with the seasons, using locally-sourced ingredients and produce provided by suppliers in the Ribble Valley.

It’s an ideal spot for a romantic meal or special occasion.

The Stags Head, Goosnargh

Another gastro pub worth taking a drive out to.

From burgers to meat grilled to your liking and covered in rich, homemade sauce there’s a good ol’ British meal waiting for you at the Stags Head.

CuriosiTea at 23, Blackpool

This the place to be to enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea, with homemade cakes and sandwiches made up with fresh bread with your favourite fillings.

This cafe is open for breakfast, brunch and lunch and consistently secures five-star ratings on TripAdvisor.