Bethany Sherry visits our Venue of the Month.

The New Continental, more commonly known as The Continental, or ‘the conti’ to its staff, is a well-established and cultured food, drinks and entertainment venue, located amongst a quiet residential area next to the beautifully scenic Avenham Park in Preston.

The dog-friendly pub is a popular place for people visiting the park or locals from the nearby residential area, but most visitors come The Continental to see the wide variety of bands, singers and artists that come to perform there. They also have an events space that is used weekly for music, film, theatre, literature and various other organised groups. The space is also available for private hire, for birthdays or other family occasions.

The Continental patio (Photo credit: Bethany Sherry)

In the summer there are festivals and outdoor events, such as The Continental’s annual beer and cider festival, showcasing 200 different types of ales, a gin bar and a huge outdoor marque. The chefs from The Continental’s sister pub, The Ferret, serve a smokehouse-style BBQ, and an assortment of different live music acts and DJs will perform across the weekend. Previous bands playing at the beer festival include Manchester reggae band Jeremiah Ferrari and budding post-punk band, also from Manchester, Cabbage.

Open Mic New 2015The enormous variety of bands and singers that perform on a weekly basis at The Continental encompass a whole host of people of different age groups and music tastes. All art events at The Continental are organised by Preston organisation They Eat Culture, who say: “We specialise in creative and professional development through cultural event management, and run online and offline creative and media project strands across Lancashire.”

What’s On

  • UCLan Music & Preston Jam present Danny Saul / Kinder Meccano / Third City

Fri, 31/03/2017 – 20:00

  • The Continental’s Open Mic Night – 1st Thursday of the Month

Thu, 06/04/2017 – 21:00

  • The Jasmine Minks & The Jazz Butcher Quartet

Sat, 08/04/2017 – 20:00


Sat, 15/04/2017 – 20:00

  • O’Hooley & Tidow

Thu, 20/04/2017 – 19:00

The bar offers a range of different beverages, including five alternating kegs of ale such as ‘Brew Dog’ and one keg of cask cider. In 2010 and 2011, The Continental consecutively won CAMRA West Lancashire Pub of the Year for its outstanding contribution for the cause of real ales. The pub showcases a range of ales from local and national brewers, as well as a specially-selected wine list curated by award-winning fine wine merchants D. Bryne & Co of Clitheroe and an impressive range of international bottled beers.

The outstanding food at The Continental is another reason to visit the place, boasting new contemporary menu options with excellent presentation. The kitchen offers different menus for the changing seasons, with lighter options like salads in the summer and hearty stews in the winter months. Wherever possible, the head chef, Stephen, sources his fresh ingredients locally.

The Continental is a well-oiled machine thanks to its hard-working team, whose every endeavour is to make each customer’s experience enjoyable whether you are visiting for a music concert, delicious meal, or just a pint.

Bethany Sherry

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