From specialist cafés to a whole host of different cuisines served up across the town’s restaurants, here are just some of the best places to eat in Wigan.
Places to eat in Wigan
Eating out in Wigan isn’t all about pie barms and pasties. There is, in fact, a fantastic selection of restaurants serving up fresh, tasty food inspired by cuisines and cultures from around the world. None more so than Fat Olive on Upper Dicconson Street in the town centre. This modern eatery creates delicious international food with an added Lancashire twist, sourcing many of their ingredients from the local area.
For a truly authentic taste of the Mediterranean, head to Franco’s on Rodney Street, opposite the Museum of Wigan Life. Situated in a Grade-II listed Victorian building just across the road from our Wigan Town Centre hotel, this restaurant serves some of the best Italian food around. Using ingredients sourced directly from Italy, the authentic pasta and pizzas are definitely worth trying.
If you are in the mood for a great Indian meal, you don’t need to head to the subcontinent – just head to Billinge. Located around five miles from Wigan town centre, Babar Elephant is renowned for its great curries, freshly cooked naans and excellent customer service.
Our final recommendation is La Sentidos Loca, a fabulous Tex-Mex restaurant on Market Street beside The Galleries Shopping Centre. Here you will find amazing tacos, fajitas and steaks, as well as a superb cocktail menu, all served in comfortable Texan themed surroundings.
Restaurants in Wigan
If you are heading out for lunch, or just fancy a taking a break with a coffee and a slice of cake, there are plenty of great places to go in Wigan. Centrally located on High Street is Mrs Lyon’s Tea Room – a quaint little café serving some of the best cakes around. We recommend this spot for afternoon tea, where you receive a decadent stand of delights including a variety of sandwiches, scones, cake, shortbread biscuits and, of course, a lovely pot of loose-leaf tea served in vintage china.
Nearby on Wigan Lane is Café Rosso. These guys take their coffee seriously, and source only the best beans from ManCoCo, an artisan coffee roaster from nearby Manchester. While sipping an excellent cup of Joe, you can also try their award-winning Manchester tart, which is a firm favourite with the locals.
Next up is Lily & Arthur’s on Mesnes Road. Owned by a brother and sister team who were inspired by their grandparents, you will feel right at home in this cosy café. The homemade food is really tasty, and they have a wide selection of hot and iced coffees and teas.
Our final café recommendation is Bag and Bean, located at the Love It art gallery in Orrell. Here you will find some amazing sweet treats and great coffee, situated in lovely rural surroundings. There is also a craft shop next door, perfect if you fancy sitting and knitting for a while in one of their comfy chairs. What’s more, if you are staying at our Wigan West (M6, J26) hotel, then it is only a couple of miles away.