In It For The Long Haul…

With the summer holidays looking like a more local affair (and hey, you know we love a lil’ bit of local) we’re sharing some of our favourite Preston city-centre independent eateries that scratch the wanderlust itch while we wait for the world to open up again.

Kicking off with these long-haul lovelies; from beach-front to barbecue, your palette can travel the globe without leaving a PR1 postcode;


One of the longest standing establishments on this list, Cafuné has been serving authentic Latin American fare overlooking the flag market since 2018. Coming to Preston by way of Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and most of South America, Lívia and Sean bring the best of the continent’s flavours to life with the freshest ingredients and friendly faces all round.

We recommend; Llapingachos with a side of people watching


La Neta
A newcomer for 2021 La Neta is run by veteran Preston foodie Mark O’Rourke, offering a menu of Mexican street food with tequila and cocktails on the side. The tacos are small and perfectly formed (don’t worry, there’s 3 per order), bursting with a perfect mix of bright salsas, smokey proteins, fresh coriander and crisp onions. Vegan or gluten free? These guys have got you covered.

We recommend; Ancho Chile Suadero and 2-for-1 margaritas 


Another 2018 addition that keeps going strong, Kimji has seen the restrictions through in style offering up takeout dangerously close to MDD HQ and expanding on their infamous Kimji Fried Chicken selection. Bringing popular Korean cuisine to the people of Preston you won’t find better bibimbap or bulgogi this side of Seoul.

We recommend; K.F.C and a weird-but-wonderful bongbong grape juice


Smokin’ V
Having made their move to Guild Hall street, Smokin V’s deliver where so many American style barbecues fall short; with fall-apart brisket, pulled pork and hot links served alongside pit seasoned sides. If you like your meats smokey and full of southern flavour this is the place for you.

We recommend; Get a platter and try a bit of everything!


If you’re looking for something a little lighter, everyone’s favourite lockdown darling Rise has a rainbow selection of fresh smoothies and feel-good bowls to tickle your tastebuds on the sunniest of Lancashire days (just close your eyes and imagine you’re in the tropics, did you know their original brief was bringing Bali sunshine to Preston?)

We recommend; Surf’s Up with a serious dose of sunshine


Holy Ground
Catch them while you can, Holy Grounds are serving up coffee and donuts Pacific North West style from their parkside pop-up. With fresh brewed drinks and powdered treats that are anything but grungy we’d say this Seattle style offering is more than suited to the shall-we-say changeable 🙃 nature of our own summer climate…

We recommend; Cinnamon sugar and a flat white to go