Going out to eat in Lancashire is an absolute treat.
Not only is there an exceptional variety of restaurants in the county's cities of Preston, Blackpool and Lancaster but there are plenty of hidden gems to be discovered in its towns and villages.
From comfort food to À La Carte menus, there are choices even for the fussiest of eaters.
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Michelin-starred contemporary dining is great however to get a true insight, you have to take it from the locals and tourists who go out of their way to rave online about their dining experiences.
Here at LancsLive, we took a look at the best places to eat in Lancashire according to those infamous reviewers on TripAdvisor.
Elvin's, Lytham St Anne's - "Stick this pace on your bucket list!"
Elvin's is an independently owned street food takeaway located in the heart of Lytham.
Located at 73 Clifton Street, the Lebanese restaurant serves original recipe food combining flavours from the Middle East, Mediterranean and South Asia.
It has several options for special diets including vegetarian, vegan Options and gluten free options.
Out of 485 reviews, a whopping 479 have been rated 'excellent' by its customers.
A review left this week from poster ace127914318 "I had the street burger with seasoned fries, wifey had vegetable soup. It was all absolutely delicious, I must say the burger was incredible and much tastier than a certain Lytham-based burger place not too far away… I tried the soup too, never had anything like it - proper taste!
"Service was really friendly and welcoming, I will be going back as soon as possible to buy an unhealthy amount of Toblerone brownies, I had one last week and I still miss it but unfortunately they were all out today. Not surprised! Thanks, Drew."
The Bank Bar and Grill, Blackpool - "Re-defining affordable dining"
The Bank Bar & Grill, on Corporation Street, has ranked in the ‘Top Everyday Eats’ category in this year’s TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.
Established in 2018, the family run venue serves a mix of British, Contemporary and Grill cuisine options.
The Blackpool venue’s extensive food and cocktail menus are part of the reason why it’s such a hit.
Going from strength to strength, the restaurant currently has 1037 'excellent reviews' out of 1,113 with 56 'very good'.
TonywK3662BR said of the establishment: "THOSE of you who've read my previous review will know I RAVE about this venue. Not for fashion or other transient or spurious reasons, but because they are GOOD! If you pay more in some places you'll get less.
"NOT HERE!- Classy food, lovely people and top-class, excellent music. Not the digital GARBAGE you get on most radio stations these days. Keep On Keeping On!- The Bank's still at #1 - long may it dwell there....10/10."
Scholars Training Restaurant, Blackburn - "Excellent food and great value"
Scholars Training is Blackburn College’s fully licensed training restaurant.
Located on campus, customers are offered a professional dining experience by friendly students.
Lunch is served daily from 12pm – 2pm and all food is freshly produced using local suppliers.
The restaurant has also won an Travellers' Choice Award in 2021.
TripAdvisor user 1409PaulA left a review this week to say: "I've eaten at other restaurants in training establishments and always found them to be excellent value for money, so when I booked for lunch at Scholars I had high expectations. Not only were my expectations met, they were exceeded.
"I met a colleague here for a working lunch, the food was excellent and service very efficient. I think the day we were there was probably one of the first days after the start of a new academic year so some of the staff we understandably nervous, but they were all extremely polite and efficient
"I would certainly recommend and if I lived any closer I would definitely go again."
Yorkshire Fisheries, Blackpool - "Worthy of its reputation."
Yorkshire Fisheries on Topping Street, Blackpool is battering its competition with an amazing 2,455 'excellent' reviews out of 2,885 with 317 rated 'very good'.
Open since 1905, the traditional chippy has been serving up the nation’s favourite for 115 years, and is even delivering during lockdown.
The chippy serves delicious haddock and cod and has daily specials.
A poster under the name Lampers who visited from Leeds said: "We searched for the best cited fish and chip shop in Blackpool and results lead us to Yorkshire fisheries.
"We were immediately struck with how lovely all the staff were! We had our 2 young daughters with us and before we could even ask a high chair appeared.
"We were lucky to get a table at the back and within 10 mins the place was full. A good sign. The food was lovely as expected and worthy of the praise.
"We had the haddock special each and our daughter had the nuggets. A spare plate was brought for our 1 year old to nibble some of or chips. The whole family ate for £25 which we thought was incredible value. We do not hesitate to recommend and will certainly return on our next visit next year.
Quite Simply French, Lancaster - "Impeccable"
This fine French restaurant at St George's Quay also offers rooms as part of a B&B, has been recognised as an outstanding restaurant.
Not only that, but Quite Simply French boasts a Traveller's choice award and continues to collect 'excellent reviews'.
This is closely followed by 240 which are rated 'very good'.
The establishment offers an À La Carte menu which includes steak (French style), grilled whole French lobster and Risotto.
Steve H who arrived from the Isle of Man said: "Having just arrived after a 48-hour journey from the other side of the world, my wife and I needed exactly what we received as both room guests and restaurant patrons: helpfulness, professionalism, quiet and comfortable accommodation, great ambience, good food, and top-notch service.
"Rob and the team have together created something special, and I cannot speak too highly of QSF."
Stefani's Pizzeria - "It really is the best pizza in Blackpool!"
Stefani's on Cedar Square is a well-known favourite in Blackpool and it's amazing wood-fired pizza has won it awards including a Traveller's Choice Award.
Dough is made fresh daily and proved for a minimum of 24 hours and there is also an amazing array of desserts on offer.
The pizzeria also runs a funky pizza box art competition where customers can use their artistic skills to create an amazing picture for display on the walls.
It currently enjoys 302 'excellent' reviews out of 331.
AJ m said: "My partner and I visited based on the great reviews and it honestly didn’t disappoint! The food was amazing and the service was outstanding. Such a fun and laid back atmosphere with attentive staff, what more can you ask for?"
Zest of India - "Blackpool’s best kept secret- not anymore!"
The top-rated Indian restaurant offers Indian subcontinent food and Turkish style curry along with grilled food.
Its owner is very well experienced in cooking a variety of foods.
Located on Squires Lane, the restaurant now offers a delivery service from its new website.
It currently has 142 'excellent' reviews out of 153.
TripAdvisor user Liz S said: "After a couple of days in Blackpool we planned our last meal and chose this restaurant based on other reviews- thank you all and I’m adding to that.
"We decided to dine early evening it was a Tuesday - it’s a lovely restaurant and visibly clean. Staff are constantly checking and cleaning down- even menus. It got busy later on so bear this in mind but nobody was kept waiting.
"We opted for starters, mains with sides and a coffee to finish. Apologies- no photos I’m afraid we both tucked in as soon as it was placed before us.
"There is something that struck us both from this restaurant and that was the use of fresh spices - beautiful and it makes the dishes. As it was Turkish- Indian fusion we both went for different dishes -starters was onion Bhaji , papadum and chutney- the lightest bhaji ever.
"I opted for a main I had not tried before “Lamba Chicken “ very very nice. Hubby went for a Lamb Naga- he said it was excellent.
Charming staff so hospitable and very happy to talk you through the dishes if you are not sure.
There was only one thing wrong and that is it’s not closer to us as we would become regulars."
The Brasserie, Morecambe - "A true taste of Greece"
This cosy Restaurant just off the Morecambe Central Promenade, opposite the Clock Tower, is known for its welcoming ambience.
Customers can enjoy a wide choice of authentically traditional Greek food and authentic Mediterranean drinks.
Though only a small restaurant, it's very popular so booking in advance is recommended.
The Brasserie currently has 474 'excellent' reviews out of 539 with 44 being 'very good.
Alison T said: "A warm and friendly welcome from Lazarus and staff. Thankfully we pre-booked and was very impressed with the quality and quantity of food.
"There was 4 of us dining we had 3 courses all of us choosing different dishes every one of them was absolutely delicious , a true traditional Greek taste. The only disappointment was that we were visiting the area & truly wish it was closer to our home town so we could enjoy it more often! Thank you for a wonderful meal."
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