The best local foodie spots in Burnley

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Burnley maybe smaller than Preston, but it definitely has plenty to offer in terms of places to eat. It’s tough to pick the best, but here are my top five places to eat in Burnley.
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Rachel Cox

1. Palazzo

You can’t fail to be impressed when you walk into Palazzo. It was a bank before it was converted into an Italian restaurant, but a lot of the original features have been kept. It’s ideal for dining in large groups, as well as for a more intimate meal. They have both a lunch and evening menu, and there are plenty of gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options. And if cocktails are your thing, then there is a great range to try.  

2. Continentals

Continentals is a family-ran eatery serving Mediterranean and Egyptian food throughout the day and evening. The smell of the BBQ when you walk in is heavenly! Meat lovers are spoilt for choice, with various kebabs and marinated dishes. One of my favourite dishes is the vegetarian Egyptian platter, along with the Greek salad. There are also baguettes, paninis and pasta dishes on offer for a lighter bite.  

3. Burnley markets

Burnley market hall has changed a lot over the years, including a massive increase in places to eat. You can now find Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, Japanese and Thai food stalls alongside traditional East Lancashire pies and black pudding. And there's always the standard burger and chips. If you are looking for a culinary treat on a budget, this is definitely the place to go.  

4. The New Waggoners

Perched on a hill overlooking the town, you can either drive or walk up to the New Waggoners, which serves hearty pub grub. You’ll be rewarded with views of the beautiful Lancashire countryside coupled with delicious, huge portions. The absolute standout dish for me is the apple, blackberry and cranberry crumble - the ultimate comfort food. There’s a huge range of dishes to suit all tastes, including mixed grill, lasagne and pies. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

5. Banny's

The list wouldn’t be complete without including fish and chips. Banny’s is well known in the local area. It first opened in Colne at the end of the M65 and more recently in Burnley, just a couple of minutes walk from campus. You can eat in, takeaway or drive thru’. Their traditional fish and chips are up there with the best, but there’s also a range of fish and chicken burgers to choose from too. The tikka spiced batter is a personal favourite of mine.