Now that you’re into the full swing of university life, you may be on a mission to find places to visit and eat. Preston has the usual chain pubs selling cheap and cheerful 2-4-1 deals. However, if you’re looking for some fabulous, independent eateries selling locally sourced, homemade food at competitive prices. Most of these places are around 15 minutes from Uclan or one off the Letpad houses.

Smile café on plungington road, is a cute little café within a walking distance of the university, offering sandwiches, Breakfast, cakes and noodle soup. Sit inside in the small courtyard, which is super cute.

Town house Coffee and Brew Bar on friargate, a homely little place that makes people want to sit in a corner bundled up in a hoddie and read a book.

Coco’s Soul Food on friargate, located at the end of the road. This is a family run business and has some soul food favourites such as goat curry, Cajun chicken and lamp chops. The décor is colourful and pretty casual.

Rana Spice on file road, if you’re looking for an Indian vegetarian option then this is your place. Carnivores, don’t let the lack of meat on offer here stop you from visiting this fantastic take away with a eat-in area. Serving “pure Indian Vegetarian and vegan food”

If you’re in a need of a coffee and a doughnut then Holy Grounds is inspired by the pacific Northwest in America. Serving great coffee and fresh doughnuts made from 100% natural ingredients. The perfect place to grab a bru and a doughnut for a walk around the park.


Rise is a super stylish breakfast and brunch bar in the historic Miller Arcade. Great coffee, buzzing atmosphere and fresh, creative lunches and brunches. Walk in table only, but they also serve take away food and drink.


Kimji Korean 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 great bars located on the same street.


Plau in a historic inn built over 350 years ago. Atmospheric drinking and dining in beautifully restored and designed surrounds with a menu of mouth-watering fusion dishes. This place is for brunch, lunch and evening dining.


Wings and Beer, located down cannon street off fishergate, is a must-visit for all sports enthusiasts. The sports bar is a one stop destination for enjoying high quality food, whilst watching popular sports matches on screen. You can pop into Wings and Beer, whenever you fancy, whether you’re visiting for a nibble or having a party feast with your family and friends. The bar has a huge food and drinks menu. There are also alternatives available for anyone who’s a vegetarian or a vegan.

Twelve Tellers located in the town centre is an easy pub to get into. The Weatherspoon pub has a cosy interior and a vast amount of seating. It is an ideal place to meet up with your friends and enjoy a casual drink.