RestaurantsLancashireBroughtonPR3

survey result

Summary

£52
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

A Lancashire institution, this huge Italian restaurant just outside Preston has passed the test of time over more than 35 years, accommodating 300 guests at a sitting – a third of them in a glass-fronted extension that adapts to al fresco dining in the summer. The scale and popularity make it feasible to run a menu broad enough to cater for all tastes, from a very 1960s pizza Hawaiian via fresh raw oysters to niche Fassone beef, imported like so much of the authentic produce (and the wine) from Italy. Standards are rated “good all-round” or better, and a decent two-course mid-week lunch can be enjoyed for less than £20.

Summary

£52
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Expanding again to highlight how popular it is”“this already vast Britalian restaurant on the outskirts of Preston has just added an enormous extension (primarily a bar) into which you could probably fit The Ritz’s dining room” – and “the whole operation is remarkable given its size”. It’s the “very good and reasonably priced food” that draws the crowds (“your favourite pizzas and pastas”) “but it’s the specials menu where the most interest lies”, plus “stuff they don't cook” – ie oysters and “Italian charcuterie imported direct from the owning Bragagnini family’s homeland in Friuli, as is much of the wine”.

Summary

£52
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Expanding again to highlight how popular it is”“this already vast Britalian restaurant on the outskirts of Preston has just added an enormous extension (primarily a bar) into which you could probably fit The Ritz’s dining room” – and “the whole operation is remarkable given its size”. It’s the “very good and reasonably priced food” that draws the crowds (“your favourite pizzas and pastas”) “but it’s the specials menu where the most interest lies”, plus “stuff they don’t cook” – ie oysters and “Italian charcuterie imported direct from the owning Bragagnini family’s homeland in Friuli, as is much of the wine”.

Summary

£40
    £
3
Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Considering the number of covers [300, 100 of which are in the glazed extension], even on a regular day, it’s quite impressive that the kitchen maintains the quality it does” at the Braganini family’s “welcoming” local landmark, which is “constantly packed and busy every day”. “All the Britalian staples are to be had (you can be in and out in 20 minutes having had a pizza or pasta and a pint or a coke), or you can linger for hours enjoying a large platter of charcuterie, Fassona beef, excellent veal chops, calves’ brains, osso bucco etc, and indulge in the wine list” (which boasts 200 bins).

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Restaurant details

Entertainments,Highchair,Portions
80
No dress code
300

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £18.90 £23.90

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£7.40 £18.40 £0.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £24.00
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Bread £6.20
Service 10.00%
96 Whittingham Lane, Broughton, PR3 5DB
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑9:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑9:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑10:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑10:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑9 pm

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