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Best Places To Eat In Lancashire

Updated: Jun 4, 2022

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If you know anything about English history, then you’ll know just how important the county of Lancashire has been in the development of the country. It’s seen its fair share of war, treachery, and witch trials, and is the oldest of the traditional English counties. As you can guess, there’s a lot to unpack during a trip to Lancashire. But if you’re not much of a history buff, and prefer the great outdoors, you’ll have no problem finding unique hiking trails, especially around the Forest of Bowland. And for all you food lovers out there, the county is famed for its fresh vegetables and produce, so you can imagine how popular the Lancashire restaurants are. Some of the best places to eat in Lancashire are hidden gems, which makes exploring the county even more fun.


There’s no shortage of places to go in Lancashire, and even on a dreary day, the views over the Lancastrian countryside are remarkable. From the Ribble Valley to the Fylde Coast and beyond, you’ll be spoiled for choice in terms of places to eat. But of course, you’ll want to make sure you find the best places to eat in Lancashire, which is why I’ve put together this list to help you plan your trip to this northern English gem.


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Fylde Coast

The Fylde Coast is a stretch of coastline in Lancashire that includes seaside towns such as Blackpool, Fleetwood, Lytham, and St Annes. It's a very popular part of England, and there are a lot of unique places to eat along the Fylde Coast, with everything from posh restaurants to more family friendly ones.


Lancaster

Cafe Dolce

Lancaster is a beautiful historic city to visit in Lancashire, with plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from. And there’s a medieval castle to add to your itinerary too. We stopped at Cafe Dolce in the heart of the city centre for afternoon tea during our tour of the county. It’s a very modern two-storey independent cafe and coffee shop, serving breakfast, lunch, and drinks throughout the day. Their traditional afternoon tea is very popular with customers so we had to try it out.


The afternoon tea includes your choice of finger sandwiches, a variety of cakes and traybakes, and freshly prepared scones. When we visited they gave us extra cakes instead of scones, which were all very tasty so we didn’t mind. There's also a selection of teas to choose from. They seemed to be quite busy during our visit, so unfortunately we didn’t get any tea, but that didn’t take away from how nice all of the sandwiches and cakes were. To book an afternoon tea at Cafe Dolce, they require 24 hours notice and at the time of booking you can select the types of sandwiches you want. Check out Cafe Dolce if you’re ever in Lancaster for the day!


Preston

Bar Pintxos

If you’ve come across my blog before, you’ll know how much I love Spain. It’s quite difficult to find an authentic Spanish restaurant in Lancashire, but I may have done just that. Bar Pintxos is located in the heart of Preston’s city centre, with a menu inspired by the Basque country in the north of Spain. The modern Spanish decor paired with the music and pintxos displayed along the bar give it a great atmosphere. If you’re not familiar with pintxos, they’re essentially small slices of bread with a topping, held together by a toothpick.


The menu doesn’t only have pintxos to choose from, although I would definitely recommend ordering a few for the table, especially if you’re visiting for drinks. The Jamon and Manchego cheese pintxos was a favourite of mine and very tasty. Bar Pintxos has a delicious selection of tapas dishes on the menu as well. If you love mushrooms, you’re going to want to try their stuffed mushrooms with brandy and garlic. The meatballs in a Moor-inspired sauce are very flavourful, as is the Huevos Rotos with chorizo - something I always love to order when in Spain. As long as you haven’t over faced yourself with your pintxos and tapas, a tasty dessert is a great way to end your meal. The Burnt Basque Cheesecake is a must-try, and has a slightly different taste and texture than the cheesecake you’re probably used to eating. You won’t find a better Spanish restaurant in Lancashire than Bar Pintxos, so book yourself a table and enjoy your surroundings (and food).


Haute Dolci

There are dessert houses, and then there’s Haute Dolci. They have several locations across the country, so I was really pleased to find out that they have one in Preston’s city centre. Haute Dolci is known for its luxurious desserts and lavish interiors. It’s an experience in itself to just sit here, let alone eat. There are so many sweet options on the menu, you’ll definitely be spoiled for choice. Everything is made to order in their open kitchen, so when I saw a waffle machine I knew what I had to order.


The “An Offer She Can’t Refuse” waffles consist of milk chocolate, strawberries, and vanilla gelato. The name says it all because you really can’t refuse this dessert. For you pancake lovers out there, try the “Ripe For The Taking!” stack which comes with bananas and caramelized hazelnuts. On the less sweet side of things, their toasties are pretty tasty and a great alternative for a savoury snack. If you still have room, the Fabulous Ferrero milkshake is well worth ordering. Haute Dolci is one of the best places to eat in Lancashire if you have a sweet tooth.


Mad Hatters Tea Room & Patisserie

What could be better than afternoon tea? Maybe afternoon tea served in a vintage tea shop named after a character from Alice in Wonderland! Mad Hatters Tea Shop & Patisserie is located in the village of Longton, which is only a short drive from Preston. The tea shop itself is beautifully decorated in pastel tones with lots of quirky decorations lining the walls, and a beautiful flower display hanging from the ceiling.


We came for their famous afternoon tea. I’ve had afternoon teas before, but they were nothing compared to this. You can expect massive scones with jam and cream, mouth watering pastries, and a delicious selection of finger sandwiches. And of course a pot of tea, or another hot drink of your choice. All of their food, even the scones, are made in their kitchen. You can tell everything is homemade because of the quality and taste. Don’t feel too overwhelmed, you can take whatever you don’t eat home with you. Mad Hatters Tea Shop is by far one of the best places to eat in Lancashire, especially if you like traditional eateries and quirky themes.


Origin Juice & Brew Bar

A short walk from Preston’s train station is a very intimate and cozy coffee shop called Origin Juice & Brew Bar. It’s a family-run business, and the mother and daughter duo make all of the pastries, sandwiches, and hot food on-site. Although it’s not the biggest menu out there, the items that are on it are made to perfection. I would recommend either their avocado toast, which you can add a poached egg to if you want, or their cinnamon toast, served with bananas and peanut butter. They also have a great smoothie selection available if you’re like me and aren’t a big coffee drinker. Origin seemed to be extremely popular with locals, which is always a good sign. So popular in fact, that we had to scramble to pick up some of their pastries before they ran out. Luckily, we managed to bring some home with us to snack on. Origin is a great breakfast spot in Preston if you want simple, homemade food that’s done right.


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