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Beat the Frog 30th July

August 1st, 2014

A big congratulations to Lucy Thompson for winning Beat the Frog!

Click here to see the full lineup

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Beat the Frog 23rd July

July 31st, 2014

Congratulations to Graham Elliot who Beat the Frog on 23rd July.

See full lineup here

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Beat The Frog 21st May

May 24th, 2014

Congratulations to Joe Collett for winning Beat the Frog on the 21st May!

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Our Menu

Our delicious menu includes huge Italian base pizzas, towering burgers, super-hot nachos, our enormous frog sharer and more. To see our full menu click here.

Please note: ALL pre orders must be paid for in advance.


We cater to large parties and small. You can pre order food from our menu or choose one of our ticket and food packages. For large parties we can do hot and cold buffets.

Pre-order from our menu

For parties of 25 or less only. Pre-order food from the same menu available on the night, this is a great way avoid the bar queue and get your food early.

Click here to see the menu and pre-order.

Party Package

This package includes two seated tickets and a meal each choosing from either a veg curry or a beef chilli. £29 for two.

Hot Buffet

Our buffet is great for large parties of 25 people and over. Choose two dishes of our many chilli and curry options. Does not include ticket. £5.25 per person, does not include ticket.

Click here to see the menu and pre-order.

Cold Buffet

Our cold buffet is great for large parties of 20 people or over. Choose seven dishes and we'll prepare the buffet for you. £7.50 per person. Does not include ticket.

Click here to see the menu and pre-order.


Summer Sale

Show only tickets are £10 per person with this offer throughout July.  Call 0161 236 9805 to book and quote "Summer Sale"

Must be booked in advance and a booking fee applies. Subject to availability and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer

Party Package

Get two tickets and enjoy your comedy with a delicious meal for only £29. Choose from:

Call 0161 236 9805 to book. Must be booked 24 hours in advance and a £3 booking fee applies. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer


If you class as any of the following you can buy our concessionary tickets - ID must be shown on the night to prove the concession:

Call 0161 236 9805 to book, a £1.50 booking fee applies per person. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer

Holiday Inn Package

One night bed & breakfast plus two tickets to the Frog and Bucket Preston.

To book please contact Holiday Inn Hotel on 01772 567000 and quote “Frog and Bucket Package”.


Frequently Asked Questions

Booking (7)

Do you issue physical tickets?

We currently don’t issue physical tickets, just give your name and some ID on the door.

Can I pay on the door?

If there’s still space you can pay on the door. We recommend you book in advance, you guarantee yourself a table.

Do you make provisional bookings?

You can pay a non-refundable deposit of £5 per person to hold a table, the remaining fee needs to be paid at least a week before the show.

Do you offer refunds?

We don’t offer refunds. If you let us know in advance we can transfer your booking to a Friday or Saturday show.

Is there a booking fee?

If you book over the phone with us and pay by debit or credit card we incur a non-refundable £1.50 fee per ticket which is capped at £15. If you book online, Ticketscript incurs a booking fee of £1 plus a processing fee.

Can we choose our table?

Due to the cabaret layout of the venue we don’t have the system to allow customers to choose their table. We will make sure parties are sat together however, and because it’s an cosy venue every seat has a great view of the stage.

What’s the age limit?

We are an over 18s venue. Anyone who is or looks under 25 will need to show valid photo ID for entry such as a drivers licence or passport.

Comedy Club Etiquette (5)

Can I use electronic cigarettes?

You are allowed to use electronic cigarettes inside the venue. It is still illegal to smoke inside the venue however, you can go outside for a smoke during the intervals.

What are the house rules?

During the show please switch off or keep your phone on silent, if your phone rings during the show the comic will answer it for you and you may suffer extreme embarrassment. Please keep chat to an absolute minimum while the acts are on stage, we have a couple of intervals throughout the night so do your chatting then. Anyone deemed to be disturbing the show for other people will be asked to leave without refund and anyone deemed to be too intoxicated on arrival will be refused entry.

Can I take photos?

You can’t take photos while the acts are on stage but we’re happy for you to take photos during the break. You can even tweet them to us @frogandbucket ! On weekends we have a professional photographer, the photos get uploaded to our facebook page.

What’s the dress code?

We don’t have a dress code at the Frog and Bucket. Jeans are fine. The only thing we don’t allow is fancy dress and anything that might block the sight for other customers, so sorry no top hats!

Can I Heckle?

No! You might think heckling is part of stand up comedy, but not at the Frog and Bucket. Comics will generally interact with the customers and that’s fine, but interrupting an act and throwing insults is not cool. If we find a party is disrupting the show for everyone we will kick them out of the venue.

Facilities (1)

Do you have disabled access and facilities?

We have disabled access into the venue and access to the disabled toilets via ramps, and you will be at a table with a good view of the stage. Prior notice helps us seat you at a table suitable for access.

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How do I perform on stage?

Most people will start at our weekly new act competition called Beat the Frog, for more information see this page:

If you are a professional comic you should contact the Gag Reflex comic agency who handle our acts. Thier website is

What if I’ve lost something at your venue?

Any lost items we find go into our safe. If you’ve lost an item please call us on 0161 236 9805. We do not post lost items, you must come and collect it from the venue at a time when someone has access to the safe.

Beat the Frog

Beat the Frog is the best open mic comedy night in the north west and has been home to many great comics you see on TV today.

The format is simple. Up to 10 acts go on stage and get a maximum of 5 minutes, the audience are given three jumbo 'frog' cards. If all three go up you're off! Make it to the 5 minute mark and you'll be brought back up at the end of the show for a final clap-off. Winner get's to come back as one of our special supporting acts and do 8 minute, uninterrupted, on stage.

john_bishop“I got into comedy completely by accident. When I went along to the Frog and Bucket for an open mic show, I only meant to watch… I’d never been on a stage before and I was shocked by how bright the lights were. I couldn’t see anyone. And I only had one joke… At least four of them chuckled. That first laugh, it’s like losing your virginity – it’s not perfect and you know you’ll get better but you’re completely bitten by the bug.” – John Bishop, 2000

Click here to sign up for Beat the Frog.

Venue Hire

The Frog and Bucket is available to hire during the daytime and evenings. For availability and more information please contact us at


Tel: 0161 236 9805. Open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm.
Address: Frog and Bucket Preston, Lords Walk, Preston, PR1 1RA.