This bustling restaurant, was once part of a convent school, but is now part of the Paul Heathcote restaurant empire, so standards are high. Indeed it was formerly known as Simply Heathcotes.
Its town centre position makes it popular with ladies who lunch and the business world alike the open plan kitchen meaning theres always something to watch. Like all Mr. Heathcotes eateries, food is carefully sourced and relies heavily on local produce and dishes.
So for starters, expect the likes of A Plate of English Cured Meats with Home-Made Piccalilli; Marinated Welsh Goats Cheese with Tomato Salad, Shallots and Fine Beans and Black Pudding Scotch Egg with Little Gem Salad and Salad Cream.
Maybe to be followed by Pan-Fried John Dory, Mushroom Duxelle, Spring Greens and Tarragon and Vermouth Cream; Crispy Duck Confit with Baby Onions, Smoked Baked, Red Wine and Balsamic and Butternut Squash Tart with an Artichoke Barigoule.
Finish with the likes of Goats Milk Pannacotta with Fresh Berries and Basil Sugar; Trifle with Rosewater and Strawberry Jelly and Elderflower Custard or their selection of British Cheeses coming with Hawes Fruit Cake and Artisan Crackers.
The basement houses the Olive Press Pizzeria Bar and Grill, offering pasta, risotto's and pizza's plus more ambitious dishes
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.30; set L Mon-Sat £12.95 (2 courses, incl. wine); set L Sun £14.50 (2 courses), £17 (3 courses); mains £10 to £22
- Dinner: all week 18.00-22.00 (Sat 23.00. Sun 21.00); set D Mon 18.00-19.00 £12.95 (2 courses incl. wine); mains £10 to £22
- Seats: 90
- Wine: an interesting list kicks off at £14.95
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible. Children also have their own menu
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Preston
- Directions: in the town centre off Fishergate. See the map at the top of the page.
- Parking: Street parking
- Closed: Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned