Preston Food Truck Park is a trendy open air eating and drinking area in High Street Preston which is based on a rotating calendar of gourmet food trucks. It seems to be where hipster parents go to hang out once they’ve got little ones in tow!
As well as hosting food trucks the site has a bar serving craft beers and cider on tap, a line up of DJs and an informal atmosphere that’s fantastically family-friendly.
On our visit the sun was setting over the glowing fairy lights and the magical lantern sculptures were there to welcome us all at the entrance.
In the outdoor area are a series of undercover booths ingeniously constructed with pallets and tin roofing plus other umbrella-shaded tables dotted around the astroturf. There’s plenty of room to park prams and high chairs and it seemed that every second table had kids on it.
The central outdoor area fits ten food trucks and on our visit there was everything from Filipino food to churros, with most items under $15.
Off to the side there’s a patch of grass where kids can hit a ball around a pole or simply play chase as there’s plenty of room.
The huge indoor hall is set up with ping pong and a big screen showing cartoon movies with bean bags.
There is more booth seating and low tables made from pallets as well as street art on the walls.
If you have kids it pays to go early, as when it gets busy the food is slow to come and you will need to queue – there’s no system for providing paper tickets or being messaged on when the order is ready. Our food ranges from great to not-so-great, but at least there’s something for everyone and the relaxed atmosphere is perfect for a family-friendly day or night out.
Preston Food Truck Park serves lunches and dinners on weekends and at a handful of other times and days. There’s currently no end date and outdoor heaters are available, so it’s possible that it may stretch into the winter months.
- pram access;
- high chairs
- standard menu suitable for kids with rotating calendar of 10 food trucks;
- bar on site;
- toys, games and movies on the big screen;
- free street parking or #552/553 bus; and
- 10 minute walk from Preston train station or 12 minute walk from #86 tram stop 51.