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The Continental


South Meadow Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 8JP

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The Continental is a Preston pub and restaurant serving British cuisine and real ales, as well as hosting live music gigs, films, cultural events and the now-legendary Continental Beer Festival.

Situated in an idyllic riverside location, just out of the town centre, there can be no more perfect place, winter or summer than to relax in The Continental garden by the river or catch a gig in the event space – The Boatyard.

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
Monday - Tuesday15:00 - 23:00
Wednesday12:00 - 23:00
Thursday12:00 - 23:30
Friday - Sunday12:00 - 00:00

* Monday & Tuesday - no food service
Wednesday & Thursday - food service 12:00 - 14:30 / 17:00 - 20:30
Friday - food service 12:00, 14:30 / 17:00 - 21:30
Saturday - food service 12:00 - 21:00
Sunday - food service 12:00 - 20:00


Monday, 1st January 2024 - Tuesday, 31st December 2024

Market Street SocialA tranquil, walled garden which will transport your mind, body and soul to a rural idyll within the urban landscape
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  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018
  • National AwardsCAMRA CAMRA 2011


Road Directions

From the town centre, head straight down Fishergate Hill past the railway station and County Hall, then turn left onto South Meadow Lane. Follow South Meadow Lane until you reach the river, and the pub will be on the right. There's a generous car park behind the beer garden, which can be reached by turning right straight after the pub onto Riverside. If you're coming from out of town we'd suggest finding your way onto Ringway, which curves round the north of the town centre forming part of the A6 and the A59. After that, head west and follow the signs to the railway station up Corporation Street - once you've reached the railway station, follow the directions above. If you're coming from Penwortham or the west of Preston, drive along Broadgate from Fishergate Hill, onto Riverside, and then turn left onto Connaught Road. Drive straight along Connaught Road until you reach the end, then turn right onto South Meadow Lane. The pub is a couple of hundred yards along on the right.  

Public Transport Directions

Walk / Cycle: From the town centre, go down to the river through Avenham or Miller park - turn right on the riverside path, and go straight on until you leave the park: The Continental will be the first building you see. If it's later on or you don't fancy going through the park, you can just go straight down Fishergate Hill past the train station and County Hall. Keep going until you reach South Meadow Lane, then turn left - carry on all the way to the end of South Meadow Lane. We're the last building you reach, next to the railway bridge. If you're coming from Penwortham or west Preston, the simplest way to get here is to walk south along Broadgate along the river, then along Riverside until you get to the pub on the corner of Riverside and South Meadow Lane. Bicycle racks are supplied at the front of the pub, next to the side gate in the beer garden, and in the carpark at the back of the beer garden. Bus: You can catch the Preston Bus or Stagecoach service number 3 down Fishergate, and get off at the junction of Fishergate Hill and Broadgate (just before the bridge over the river Ribble). From here, it's just a short walk down Broadgate and on to Riverside until you get the the pub, on the corner of Riverside and South Meadow Lane. Both services also call at the bus stop on the opposite side of Fishergate Hill on the return journey to Preston, along with services to and from Leyland, Southport and other outlying areas.



  • Music


  • Bar
  • Cater for special diets
  • Cater For Vegetarians
  • Licensed
  • Serve Lunch
  • Special dietary requirements catered for

Children & Infants

  • Accept Children All Ages

Establishment Features

  • Live music

Parking & Transport

  • Car Parking
  • Close to motorway network
  • Close to rail network

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre

Venue Facilities

  • Evening Entertainment



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