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The Continental

Website:The Continental
Opening Hours:

Monday: 3pm - 10pm

Tuesday - Thursday: 12pm - 11pm

Friday - Saturday: 12pm - 12pm

Sunday: 12pm - 11pm

Telephone:01772 499425
Type:Bar, Pub, Entertainment venue


The Continental is picturesquely placed by the banks of the River Ribble, on the edge of Preston's Avenham and Miller Parks and along the Guild Wheel. This makes it a staple for summer hangouts, along with its large beer garden with seating and green space. During the winter months 'The Snug' - complete with a real fire - provides a cosy retreat to relax and socialise in.

Arts and culture programme

The Continental is Preston's indie culture destination and attracts both residents and visitors from all around Lancashire. When it comes to entertainment the venue has it sussed, hosting its own annual beer festival that sees people visit from all over to experience an abundance of beers and tasty food by the riverside.

Weekends and evenings are also catered for throughout the year, thanks to the pub's busy events programme and adjoining entertainment venue, 'The Boatyard'. These events include live music, theatre, literature, arts, crafts, and festivals as well as film screenings taking place every fortnight. 

If you're looking for even more things to do with your spare time, The Continental is home to a number of clubs and special events to get involved in. These include book clubs, creative writing classes, open-mic, poetry nights, vintage fairs, and much more.

For what's on at The Continental see our What's on.

Food and drink

If you're after some restaurant quality food in a down-to-earth environment then look no further. The Continental's seasonally changing menu provides a fresh and mouth-watering choice of starters, mains, desserts, and specials - vegetarian options included. All dishes are freshly prepared and made with locally sourced ingredients.

When it comes to drinks, The Continental is renowned for its fantastic range of changing ales, house beers, artisan ciders, European and US beers, award-winning wines, and selection of soft drinks and coffees. You're guaranteed to discover something new and delicious, with only quality in mind.

Visit for lunch, casual drinks, a coffee and cake, or an evening meal and choose from the pub's relaxing and comfy dining areas, conservatory, 'snug' room, or spacious beer garden.

Dog-friendly venue

When visiting for food and drink, The Continental welcomes well-behaved dogs both inside their bar and dining areas and in their large beer garden. For more dog-friendly things to do and places to go in Preston see our Dog-friendly itinerary

Venue hire

The Continental and its arts space are available to hire for all kinds of special events, including corporate, private, and arts events.

The arts space makes the perfect place for performances, rehearsals, and all things creative; whilst 'The Snug' provides a casual and intimate space for all kinds of corporate and networking events.

For more details on venue hire at The Continental visit The Continental - Hire.

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Map address for The Continental

The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 8JP.