The 5 Best Restaurants in Blackburn 2023

We really are spoilt for choice when looking for the best restaurants in Blackburn. But what a great problem to have! Whether you're looking for a quick bite with friends, a big family get-together or a date night out in town. We’ve got you covered throughout this busy Lancashire town.

We've made this list to reflect the range Blackburn has on offer, with food for all occasions. After all, there is no greater way to showcase the cultural diversity of Blackburn than through its food!

With a thriving independent scene celebrating all that makes Blackburn great. Blackburn is a dining destination worth visiting.


1. MyLahore

A plate of samosas served in My Lahore a restaurant in Blackburn

Founded in Bradford, MyLahore is a wonderful British Asian restaurant serving a variety of well-known and traditional dishes. Their extensive menu means there is always something for everyone! Whether you fancy a curry, burger or a classic pasta dish, they have you covered! MyLahore doesn't just stop at incredible main meals, their wide range of sweet treats will have your mouth watering. Monster milkshakes, classic old school puddings, Desi classics and topped sundaes, they have it all.

Inside MyLahore, you'll be blown away by the upbeat feel of the restaurant. The dining area is bright with pops of colour throughout, making it a vibrant place to have dinner!

MyLahore is one of the most popular places to eat in Blackburn. It is open 7 days a week from 4pm Monday - Friday and 1pm Saturday, Sunday and open while late. Click here for more information.

2. The Knowles Arms

Table set in a The Knowles Arms restaurant in Blackburn, Lancashire

From the outside, you could be mistaken for thinking The Knowles Arms is your traditional Lancashire pub. Upon entering you'll realise that there is much more to the Knowles Arms than meets the eye, making it one of the best restaurants in Blackburn! With a sophisticated dining area filled with neutral tones, The Knowles Arms makes the perfect setting for a special occasion.

Serving freshly cooked food from across the Mediterranean. Their cross cultural menu features French, Spanish, Italian, Greek and Moroccan food. Their sophisticated menu is filled with tastes reminiscent of a summer holiday which makes for a great night out!

With daily specials and offers there's something new to try everyday of the week. Monday you can have any 2 courses for £18.95, Tuesday is steak night, Wednesday is tapas night, Thursday is kebab night and you can enjoy a roast on a Sunday! Also on offer is a fixed price menu, afternoon tea and cocktails, making the Knowles Arms perfect for any occasion.

The Knowles Arms is open from 11am till 11pm daily and is just off Pleckgate Road. For more information click here.

3. The Dog Inn

Friends eating and drinking in  the Dog Inn a restaurant in Blackburn

The Dog Inn is the first community owned free house within East Lancashire and is set in the village of Belthorn, just outside of Blackburn. The restaurant and bar serves classic Gastropub food with a continental flair, while their separate coffee shop provides a range of hot and cold drinks, as well as a number of sweet treats and ice creams.

Being a community-owned establishment, there's more going on than just dining! This restaurant also serves as a make-shift community centre and hosts open mic sessions, a Bridge club, a book and DVD swap library, a Craft and Chat session and much more.

The Dog Inn serves food Tuesday to Sunday 12pm - 8pm and offers a brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays 9.45am - 11.45am. Click here to view their menu and book a table.

4. Scholars Training Restaurant

Fine dining food served in the Scholars Training Restaurant in Blackburn

Based in the centre of Blackburn is the Scholars Training Restaurant, a fully licenced Bistro within Blackburn Collage. If you're looking for a fine dining experience without the price tag, this is the place for you! While being a training restaurant, Scholars is run by both industry professionals and amazing students from Blackburn Collage, and provides a welcoming fine dining experience.

The menu is updated continuously throughout the year with each dish using seasonal and fresh ingredients. If you have any dietary requirements, a plant-based menu is also available, as is a halal menu.

The restaurant holds lunch from Tuesday - Friday 12pm to 2pm and has regular evening events. Click here to find out more.

5. The Foundry

Two friends enjoying a pint of ale in the Foundary restaurant in Blackburn

The best way to sum up the food at the Foundry is proper pub food with a modern spin. Tasty starters, pub classics, comfort food, Sunday roasts and burgers to die for to name a selection of what's on offer. What's more, they even offer swords loaded up with your favourite chargrilled delicacies!

Serving up our favourite pub grub in Blackburn, this cosy pub is the perfect place to get family and friends together. Get gathered around the log burner and enjoy a nice pint of local ale and you'll feel right at home!

Food is served from 12pm and the bar open till 11pm, making the Foundry perfect for all occasions. Click here for more information.

If you want to learn more about Blackburn then be sure to check out our Blackburn Area Guide!