You’ve arrived in Preston, a city of Lancashire, England, once described by the historical figure Edmund Calamy as “pretty with an abundance of gentry in it”. Nowadays, however, it’s less associated with aristocracy and more often considered a great place to have an Afternoon Tea in Preston.

The area finds itself on the River Ribble, some 27 miles from Manchester, 26 miles from Liverpool and 15 miles from Blackpool. Whatever your reason for visiting, you’ve undoubtedly chosen exceptionally well. When it comes to lunch, though, be sure to choose from the list below.

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Evidence indicates that there was once a large Roman presence in the Preston area, including a road which led to a camp at Walton-le-Dale. The Germanic people known as the Angles were the ones to officially establish Preston, its name meaning “priest’s settlement”.

During the Medieval era, it received a Guild Merchant charter which gave it the status of a market town. Among its specialities was locally produced wool. By the time of the Industrial Revolution, textiles manufacturing played a significant role in Preston’s economy.

Preston received city status in 2002, becoming England’s 50th city in the 50th year of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. If you’re a fan of all things regal, why not stop in a prestigious Afternoon Tea Preston venue for all of your favourite treats and snacks?