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Continental Pub, Preston

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Very foody but the ale selection justifies the short walk out of town through a nice park. A comfortable enough place to enjoy a pint.
JonNgog - 3 Sep 2019 18:01
Not the most aesthetically pleasing interiors but location and ale make up for it. Good selection of ales, gins, craft kegs, bottles, cams etc and the staff were efficient and decent at their job. Not the easiest of places to find even though it's only a 10 minute walk from the station - it's by the river where the mainline railway crosses.
Snarling_Mallard - 17 Apr 2017 15:11
Lots of good things including encouragement of the arts (Vic Godard & the Subway Sect and The Monochrome Set are upcoming) and a terrific range of beers are on rotation while the conservatory area was toasty on a bitter March day.

The food was nice too - bream with a seafood risotto was nicely concocted but a problem is the shambolic service - one party of 8 including kids turned up and had to wait 20 minutes to be seated despite having booked while general chaos ensued all around. Wallpaperish music is another disappointment but only a few tweaks are needed to make this a real winner.
BoehmBawerk - 30 Mar 2013 12:15
Well worth making the effort to visit this pub even though its a little off the beaten track. Try the strawberry beer. It's magic!
reverenddavid - 25 Sep 2012 19:06
Return visit on a Sat lunchtime impressed me even more. A gorgeous Marble house beer and an excellent keg out of the BrewDog school. Very busy by 1pm but friendly staff and fantastic food - in my top 10, just as Preston now is for a pub crawl.
mtaylor40 - 22 Aug 2012 20:06
Great pub catering for all sorts of people - families, couples, real alers, wine buffs...and so on. Good selection of ales in good condition, large selection of Belgium beers in bottles. Beer fest coming up at the end of Sep 27th-29th.
kernott1 - 18 Aug 2012 22:01
Without doubt the best pub in Preston & if not the North West. A bit of a trek, but the walk through Avenham Park makes it all worth while. (15mins from railway station)

Situated on the River Ribble & adjacent the railway viaduct it's peaceful location is ideal & far enough away from the City centre to deter the "Sat night loonies" That said, don't be fooled, this pub is very popular & gets packed at weekends.

Usually there are between 5 - 7 micro beers on tap, these vary widely, although beers from Pictish (Rochdale) & Marble (Manchester) feature regularly, the house brew (Continental) is excellent.

The pub is deceptively large & features a comfortable lounge bar, main bar, restaurant area, conservatory,a large outside patio, outside benches & grassed area. There is also a large rear function room which is home to the very popular annual beer festival. A good selection of food & beers are always available.

This is a great pub & well worth a visit, the only downside? There never seems to be enough staff at busy periods, the bar can get very crowed & trying to get served can be a nightmare. Recommended - But visit off peak!

Les Walker
Pub/Beer critic
(BeerNorthWestUK) - Twitter
lwalker101 - 22 May 2011 12:50
Fantastic pub, strangely not in current Good Beer Guide so not on my list to visit but stumbled across while walking in the fabulous park. I could have been in Manchester N/4, and the Marble beer was great.
mtaylor40 - 1 Mar 2011 19:48
what a breath of fresh air.
the current owners have done a great job and are putting on a range of alternative events which promise to keep the pub popular.
good range of ales.
well worth a visit
sandgrownun - 20 Feb 2011 13:33
Best pub in Preston for me.

Great real ale and a wonderful clientelle. The food is excellent, too (not avaialable Mon eves at the moment).

Two beer festivals a year can get very busy, always best to try the first evening.

Fantastic to see a pub which was down-at-heel a few years ago thriving.

vicpark - 23 Sep 2010 16:19
Certainly a pleasure to go to this pub. At least five real ales on during my visits and all in good form, as well as a good selection of Continental beers in bottle or on draught. The staff were anxious to make sure that the beer was served at its best and when serving food or guiding us through the menu, they were helpful too. We were able to get food at after 1430 on a winter Sunday. A fairly limited menu of a bistro style, but the dishes we tried were solid, tasty and worth the somewhat steep (for Preston pubs) prices. The pub is a venue for music (especially jazz but also blues/rock), a poetry/literature club, comedy evenings and lots of other events. Fairly recently reopened and refurbished, the Continental has a growing and good local reputation, and several friends/acquaintenances said it was now the best all-round pub in Preston and a pleasantly balanced escape from the cacophony of the town centre drag. Access to the local parks, a nature reserve and the Ribble make this even more appealing winter and summer. Recommended if you're visiting Preston - it would be my local of choice were I to live there.
Arctium_lappa - 6 Dec 2009 23:34
Fantastic recent beer festival - over 70 real ale,numerous bottles and ciders. Only downside, no food only little snack things while the festival was on!Not helpful after a day's drinking and your heart set on a 3 course meal!!

bloomfieldjpm - 20 Oct 2009 05:45
The house beer is from Marble. Three other ales available plus real cider. Food seemed expensive and what I saw did not impress me. Interesting mix of people varying from those that had dressed up to visit right through to the locals effing and blinding in the corner. The best way to get here from the town centre is to walk down Chapel Street opposite Lloyds TSB, veer right when you reach the park and keep going to where the railway crosses the river. The pub is just under the bridge.
GazzaTheBeerMan - 14 Sep 2009 12:02
Had a nice walk through a park to get to this well hidden pub. It has just been renovated and you can tell this from the interior. Appeared to have a good selection of cask beers but when ordering they kept on going off. This was repeated three times. There didn't appear to be a great deal of people ordering ale either. Will put it down to teething problems. Food menu looked good but unfortunately just missed the lunch cut off of 14:30. Large beer garden and conservatory. Will come again if in the area.
stoutoforder - 1 Jul 2009 14:03
Close to Preston, overlooking the river Ribble, the Continental is both a great pub and a fine restaurant. If you do not wish to mix with the 'eaters' there is an excellent Snug with it's separate access to the bar. And what a bar - a fine selection of well kept ales complimented by an unusually large selection of Belgium bottled beers. It may not be the easiest to find but it's well worth the effort.

beerwrinklie - 23 Jun 2009 12:56
Great Ale - well kept and great choice, great food, great venue - not the easiest to find if travelling to Preston.
Twice yearly Beer Festival well worth attending.
My current favourite pub in Lancashire
bloomfieldjpm - 23 Jun 2009 01:44

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