It's no accident that Preston is becoming one of the North West's most popular locations for young professionals. With comparatively low rents in comparison to neighbouring Manchester and Liverpool, a large, internationally acclaimed university (UCLAN) and a strong, growing job market, the city is attracting talent and offering enough to entice them to stay. Named the best place to live and work in the region (according to Demos-PwC Good Growth For Cities Guide) for 2020 and 2021, the cultural and lifestyle offering is also a contributing factor.
Preston has an exciting, burgeoning food and drink scene with an abundance of independently owned restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars. These are the Heaton Group team's top 10 to try for 2022, in no particular order....
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263 Preston is the home of fine dining in the city centre. Located just off Winkley Square, it offers unique tasting menus in a beautiful setting.
" Chef director, Oli, and the team have created an intricate menu which encompasses the finest seasonal ingredients. Dishes are continuously developed with passion and creativity, cherry-picking the very best produce that our amazing suppliers have available"
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Plau in a historic Inn built over 350 years ago. Atmospheric drinking and dining in beautifully restored and designed surroundings with a menu of mouthwatering fusion dishes. Brunch, lunch and evening dining menus available. Plau also hosts art and theatre events.
Brew + Bake
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An independent cafe in City Centre with a delicious, fresh, sustainably sourced menu. With a focus on zero waste, local and free range produce, they take real care to serve food with a conscious. A fantastic brunch and lunch menu with lots of vegetarian and vegan options along with Preston speciality coffee.
"Brew + Bake is a family run business head up by Julie who opened the coffee shop in 2018. The culture here is what sets Brew + Bake apart, by providing a welcoming atmosphere and serving local produce with a creative flair"
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Bar and restaurant serving up the authentic style Spanish pintxos in a fantastic location on Preston's flag market. Space to sit outside and look over the imposing Harris gallery and museum and busy square. Good price point, daily specials and events schedule.
"Bringing a little bit of San Sebastián to the heart of Preston"
Kimji Korean Restaurant
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Restaurant on Winkley Street serving healthy, traditional, fresh Korean food. An intimate setting with a cult local following, it would be wise to book ahead. A great spot to start your night with plenty of other great bars located on the same street.
"Here at KimJi we believe eating is also a communal experience, side dishes can be served with every meal and are meant to be shared and eaten together. We use the freshest ingredients that are available and combine it with bold flavours"
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Super stylish breakfast and brunch bar in the historic Miller Arcade. Great coffee, buzzing atmosphere and fresh, creative lunches and brunches. Walk in tables only, but they also serve take away food and drink.
"Brunch is no midway meal on the fly. It’s an easy-going get-together a chance to eat out without stressing out. This is what we eat when we’re catching up and when we’re slowing down. Digging in before the day ahead or looking back on the night before"
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Although not in a traditional restaurant premises, street food outfit Scrandinavia have to make it on to the list. Serving take-away, Viking influenced burgers and sides, they have an impressive rating of 4.9/5 on google reviews and are so popular that customers have to place orders days in advance.
"It's simple: we offer you the best cup of coffee we can; serve traditional, high quality food in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere; celebrate, promote and embrace diversity; give you a South American experience"
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Cool speciality coffee shop in a converted shipping container. Jonah's has a focus on outstanding coffee and mouth watering freshly baked cakes - you can also rely on their baristas for a warm welcome and a chat. Coffee is an exact science at Jonah's and you can see the special effort put into every cup.
"The magic ingredients that make Jonah's so special are Adam's passion for his craft, his commitment to consistently great tasting coffee and his infectious charisma that always brings a smile to your face!"
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Located at the entrance of Avenham Park, Holy Grounds is inspired by the Pacific Northwest in America - hallowed grounds where mountains and forest meet doughnuts and coffee. Serving great coffee and fresh doughnuts made from 100% natural ingredients, its the perfect place to grab a bru and a doughnut for a walk around the park.
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