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40 years’ service
A Chorley landlady is still pulling pints at the ripe old age of 83 after serving behind the bar for 40 years. Jean Thompson works at The Sea View in Whittle le Woods and has actually been a landlady for 60 years. She ran the pub with her husband who died earlier this year, but she has now handed over to her son to carry on the family tradition.
French restaurant brings Beaujolais back
Beaujolais Day is making a comeback this year – and is doing it in style thanks to Bistrot Pierre. The French celebration of all things wine reached its height of popularity with Brits in the 1980s – with the fabulously fun Beaujolais Run – and this year, Bistrot Pierre brought Beaujolais Day’s party spirit well and truly back. For the first time, the French restaurant group served a special all day menu in its Preston restaurant, encouraging customers and staff to dress up in their most clichéd French attire to fully embrace the event.
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Hot on the heels
Another restaurant is due to open in Preston. The Otter’s Pocket is a pie and ale house, opening in November on Winckley Street. Entrepreneur Mark O’Rourke is the man behind the scenes, who will be making the pies personally. Mark also owns the Spanish restaurant Fino which he opened three months ago in the city. As well as a selection of pies, The Otter’s Pocket will also stock more than 50 wines, six draught ales and three craft beers, as well as a range of spirits.
A piece of history
The wait for the opening of Plau Gin & Beer House in Preston is finally over, as it opened its doors to the public on 16th November. With three years in the making and over 350 years of history, this is a bar with a difference. It has been lovingly restored, with everything being recycled and reclaimed to make it look and feel authentic. It even has a 40ft Well, if you dare to stand over and peer down. Plau recently hosted a VIP preview event, where guests could enjoy a drink and find out more about its background.
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