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A part of the Heathcotes Restaurants family and brought to you by Paul Heathcote MBE, the Olive Press is an established Italian restaurant, located in the heart of Preston's city centre.

Serving authentic Italian cuisine, such as pizzas, pastas and classics from the grill, we're proud to be rated as one of the best restaurants in Preston.

Our relaxed, contemporary atmosphere ensures an enjoyable experience that's perfect for family meals, business deals and larger parties.

We also house Preston's best cocktail bar, serving all the classics in addition to some of our well-tested originals! Should you wish for something non-alcoholic, we also offer tea, coffee, hot chocolate and an array of soft drinks.

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Went with hubby for my birthday lunch. Was greeted at bar by friendly lady and told to take a seat whilst she went to see if our table was ready. Shown to our table only minutes later. I had chicken risotto and hubby had game pizza. Very very tasty food. Just a small potion though. However the service was excellent. The restaurant itself very clean and modern. Had a good time. Will go again.

Gabbyalex1   April 4, 2015

Went with hubby for my birthday lunch. Was greeted at bar by friendly lady and told to take a seat whilst she went to see if our table was ready.

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Gabbyalex1   April 4, 2015

I visited Olive Press at the persuasion of a friend, as I thought being a student it would be too classy for my price range. A group of 10 of us were met at the door and seated quickly once we'd all arrived. The atmosphere was warm, even though it was early evening and the restaurant was relatively empty. Staff were polite and friendly.

We chose from the pasta and pizza menu because it was half price through January. I had the pulled pork calzone and definitely would again. As a student there's a tendency to value quantity over quality, but this hit both the marks, even at the full price of about 11 or 12 quid. It was well cooked without being stodgy, like calzone sometimes is, and was stuffed full. Other's pizzas looked fantastic too.

There were plenty of staff running around, and while they weren't chatty, nor were they cold or impolite. The place began to fill up, including another big party but we were attended to promptly.

This place gets the 4 stars on grounds that the atmosphere was good and the food was amazing at a good price. I can't comment on the other parts of the menu, but it looked classy and there was a brasserie upstairs for posh dos I think.

Upshot: Next time you want to go out for dinner and settle on a High St chain pizza restaurant, come here instead. You'll get way better fare in a far more genuine place for a fraction extra and without the High St chain machine run attitude.

BritishRayster   March 28, 2015

I visited Olive Press at the persuasion of a friend, as I thought being a student it would be too classy for my price range.

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BritishRayster   March 28, 2015

I attended for a family birthday celebration and we were all very well looked after and the food was excellent. The service was very attentive and quick. No complaints, would certainly use again.

waldorf53   March 21, 2015

I attended for a family birthday celebration and we were all very well looked after and the food was excellent. The service was very attentive and quick.

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waldorf53   March 21, 2015

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