Simply Brilliant, but could you vary the veggie menu a bit.
Just checked out the Spring Menu online and it's good to see that they have gone back to indicating the Vegan friendly dishes on the menu.
Will visit soon and try the menu with a pint of their delicious Continental Bitter. (from Marble Brewery - Manchester)
Any chance of Vegan Friendly desserts on your menu in future??
I have already written a review praising to food on here...probably about two years ago as I was so impressed. However, I have been about seven times since and have been quite disappointed. Whilst the menu is fantastic and inspiring, some of the dishes have been poorly cooked. On one occasion there were 12 of us dining and some people had finished their main course whilst others were still waiting for theirs. I don`t know whether there is a different chef from two years ago, but that was a marked change. Some of the dishes are now quite blah. That said, the chorizo and Garstang blue cheese salad is fantastic, the home made cottage pie is always great, and the massive array of beers is perfectly kept. The staff are all lovely too, although I go every week to the quiz and still couldn`t identify the manager(ess). I would love to be confident enough to go for another meal as I literally live around the corner, but at the moment it is a little too too hit and miss. Come on Continental!
I eat at the continental at least once a month, and I have to say that the quality of the food is always excellent. You always get the feeling that no corners are cut in the kitchen and this really does show. There is a specials menu that changes daily so you never become bored of the same menu. I find the prices very reasonable, for example I had a beautiful cheese crusted fillet of Scottish hake for £12 last week. A remarkably similar dish cost me £18 at a local Italians recently and was far poorer quality.
The service is friendly and not over powering, which is as it should be in a pub.
The wine list is good quality I would recommend the Malbec a bargain at around £14 a bottle. However the real beauty of the drinks at the conti is the vast selection of real ales, German & Belgium beers. There are few places that have anywhere near the choice. The staff are informative and well educated on the drinks and will always lend a helping hand if you cant decide what to have.
The continental is by far the best place to eat around Preston city centre. I would recommend bookings as it can be extremely busy especially is the weather is nice as there is a fantastic beer garden.
My friend and I were visiting Preston for my 18th birthday and we were looking at local places to eat, and when asking for recommendations this was the place to be. so half an hour before we arrived we rang the pub and asked if a table was available for two for eating and we were greeted warmly with a chirpy sounding chap on the phone. once we arrived at the pub there was an instant buzz around us, a lovely warm atmosphere which makes you feel very welcome, we were given a choice in seating and guided to our table. once we has settled, we browsed the food and wine menu's the prices were good value and the food sounded delicious, we decided to share a starter as we were hoping to order dessert. we ordered the honey roasted salmon on a bed of vanilla bean mash and it was divine! - and it only lasted for a matter of seconds because it was that good! following for main we both ordered rump steak priced at £12 which is very reasonable, the food was presented to us in very short time and in huge portions, a big bowl of chips each; mushrooms; tomatoes and a salad served with steak - Delicious! half was through me and my friend were disappointed - We were full. we were desperate to finish but we were stuffed! Afterwards we realised it was quiz night and for a laugh we joined. It was great entertainment and the locals were fantastic helping us newbies along. All in all fantastic night. recommend the continental to anyone and everyone! Compliments to all the staff that made our stay thoroughly enjoyable!
We've eaten here a few times now and its probably the nearest Preston gets to a decent gastropub. Lovely outside beer garden and the pub gets very busy during summer. Really good atmosphere and relaxed surroundings, great range of continental beers and a knowledgeable and friendly staff get meals off to a good start. Belgium fruit beers on tap as well as good real ales and a superb bottled beer selection. Top marks for the range of non-alcoholic Fentimens drinks and a choice of dealcoholized beer for drivers. Portions are large, nicely presented and the chef clearly has masterchef aspirations. For a light meal a starter will certainly suffiice. A goats cheese and baked beetroot tartlet resembled an impressionist work of art and was delicious. Ditto the smoked chicken salad. The 4 hour slow cooked belly pork is fantastic and a personal favourite although you won't be able to fit in a sweet and starter with it. Sweets are mini works of art - there can't be that many chefs as nifty with the sugar basket work. Only criticism is that the interesting menu leaned a bit towards autumnal hearty choices throughout the summer and a large proportion of the dishes seemed to be accompanied by the veal stock boulangere potatoes. (Nonetheless they are very tasty). Great to have a place where you get the sense that the chef's heart is genuinely in the food, it is made on the premises rather than coming out of a freezer and that offers a genuinely interesting choice.
We had a classy meal at the Continental. The Ham Hock salad and the chicken livers with poached egg and black pudding were amazing and filling but I hate having to pay extra for veg with main course. Fish is cooked beautifully, Chips are excellent, new potatoes also buttery. The desserts are divine but need more sauce and more ice cream . Service could have been better .Well definitely be back . Best location in area and best beer
I have been to eat at the continental numerous times, and on every occasion the food has been fantastic. The service is always excellent and friendly, and if there is a bit of a wait it is probably because diners have not booked in advance. Last time I dined there I had pork belly with black pudding, which I worried would be very fatty, but it was the best I`d ever had. I love this place! I`d rather nobody else came though, because there have been a few times I haven`t managed to get a table. On second thoughts this is an awful place, stay away you people.
My husband, 5 year old son and I had lunch here this Sunday. Absolutely stunning.
Excellent friendly service, sublime food, lovely surroundings.
The beef stew and dumplings my husband had was excellent and full of flavour. I had the ham hock with lancashire cheese mash and mustard sauce - I can honestly say each mouthful was better than the last. It was amazing!!!
Our son had the cheese and tomato tart from the children's menu - he loved it. The children's menu is far better than your average pub. Treating children like small adults with good appetites and a taste for interesting food. Great value too!!
The only disappointment was that we did not have time to stay for pudding - I was particularly looking forward to the warm frangipan - oh well maybe next time!!
We'll most definitely be back.
Visited the New Continental for Sunday lunch. It had been featured the night before in the LEP. We arrived about 1.40 to find the pub quite busy with a few remaining tables. The pubs new decor is very pleasing and modern. We got our drinks at the bar and found a table. There seemed to be only 3 people waiting on and two behind the bar. It took about 10 mins for someone to come to our table after I had been back to the bar to enquire if we placed orders there but was told someone would come to us.
After some time a waiter took our order of the chicken in Garstang blue cheese sauce for my husband and I ordered the lamb cutlets on hotpot potatoes. 25 minutes later the waiter came over and apologised for the delay due to some catastrophe in the kitchen and said it wouldn't be long. Another 25 minutes later we finally got our meals and I cheekily asked for free sweets because of the 50 minute delay, and to be fair the waiter agreed.
My husband declared his chicken, which came with mash, very good. However, my hotpot potatoes were decidedly on the tepid side and the lamb cutlets had been fried separately as opposed to being done with the potatoes, which personally I would have preferred. Both dishes would have been better with included veg but a dish of mixed veg would have been an extra £2.50.
I dared not have my meal returned to the kitchen for fear of having to wait another 20 minutes for it to be heated up! I did point this out to the waiter when he returned for our plates though.
Having ordered our free sweets, we actually got those about 15 mins later. Hubby had the strawberry baked cheesecake which he enjoyed but said was a little heavy and I had the chocolate brownie which was fab but I could have done with a little pot of the chocolate sauce which was only drizzled around the plate, as this was gorgeous - a really scrummy sweet and a must for chocolate lovers!
The bill came to £24.70 which included 2 pints of fosters and a half of the strawberry draught beer which was quite expensive at £2.10 for half, but was very nice for a change. We will return to the New Conti and hopefully wont have to wait as long for our meals!