7 Unmissable Places to Dine Out in Wigan Borough

Posted: Tuesday 26th July 2022

From breakfast and brunch spots for the whole family, to fine dining restaurants perfect for date nights, Wigan has a thriving independent hospitality scene, in the town centre itself and across the wider borough.

Whatever you’re looking for on your next visit, Wigan has it all. No matter how hard we tried, we couldn’t list every venue here – but we’ve rounded up our top 6, must-visit restaurants to add to your itinerary.

Plata Tapas

Situated slap-bang in the middle of the town centre, Plata Tapas is bringing an authentic taste of the Mediterranean to Wigan.

The restaurant serves a range of classic Spanish dishes such as croquettes, pan-fried chorizo, padron peppers and patatas bravas, as well as a variety of weekly specials on rotation. If you’re looking for something fresh, filling and affordable, Platas is right up your street.

V/VE options available / Queen Street Arch 4, WN3 4DY

The Raj

Looking for a truly traditional Bangladeshi experience on your next visit to Wigan? Look no further than The Raj, located just outside of Wigan town centre.

Opened in 2002, The Raj is one of the borough’s best-established restaurants, boasting a range of dishes to suit everyone’s tastes and delivering high-quality cuisine at an affordable price. Perfect for a big night out with friends or a relaxing meal with the family, The Raj is a must-visit.

V/VE options available / Units A & B, Springfield Garages, Woodhouse Lane, WN6 7LW

The Courtyard Bistro

Travel a little further out of town and you’ll find The Courtyard Bistro, a beautiful venue offering a mix of fine dining and family-friendly cuisine.

From classic British and European dishes, including hearty soups, crispy calamari, sirloin steaks and fresh wraps, to a generous range of options for kids, The Courtyard Bistro offers up simple food done exceptionally well.

V/VE options available / 9B Stone Cross Lane North, Lowton, WA3 2SA

La Mama Bar and Restaurant

If you’re after a restaurant that has it all, then La Mama ought to go to the top of your list.

From a range of incredible breakfast and brunch dishes to its traditional, authentic Italian evening menu, La Mama is a restaurant you’ll be wanting to return to again and again. Plus, if you’re after a quick bite before heading out for the evening, La Mama’s early bird menu offers a range of dishes at affordable prices.

V/VE options available / 19 High Street, Standish, WN6 0HA

Gallimore’s Fine Restaurant

Located on the historic Wiend, Gallimore’s is the perfect pit stop for those on the go, offering up a mix of international dishes in a refined, yet relaxed, atmosphere.

From coffee and cake to homemade soups, pies and burgers, Gallimore’s has a wide-ranging menu with something for every member of the family. Just a stone’s throw from the Grand Arcade, and with the whole of the town on its doorstep, Gallimore’s is a Wigan institution you won’t want to miss.

V/VE options available / 13 The Wiend, WN1 1PF

La Sentidos Loca

An authentic taste of Mexico right in the heart of Wigan? Yes, you got that right.

La Sentidos Loca offers diners traditional Mexican favourites, from tacos and quesadillas to fajitas and enchiladas, along with a wide selection of grill dishes, including steak, fresh fish, and skewered meats.

They also have offers on throughout the week, as well as an extensive range of cocktails and mocktails, so book your table, settle in for the night, and make your visit to Wigan one to remember.

V/VE options available / 14 Market Street, WN1 1HX

Koi Japanese Cuisine

Located in Leigh, this Japanese eatery is a firm favourite in the area. You can avail yourself of authentic sushi and other Japanese delicacies. This mid-priced restaurant has glowing reviews on TripAdvisor with many locals giving it 5-stars.

Enjoy some bento boxes and great value set meals with Koi.

V/VE options available / 2 Leigh Road Town Centre, Leigh, WN7 1QL