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Tuck into our page of Food Bites which brings you the latest news on our restaurants, rural country inns, chefs and local artisan producers who all make Preston and the Fylde a region of outstanding gastronomy

NEW GUILDHALL STREET WINEBAR
Wine and beer bar NIKO has opened in Preston city centre and is off to a flying start. The new bar successfully opened this summer already generating some regulars who return every week to Guildhall Street. NIKO’s aim is to bring expert knowledge and a high level of service to bring a bar experience like Preston has never seen before according to the owners.

NEW CHEF DELIVERING THE VISION
Floriana’s has a new chef at the helm. Shane Whitaker is fanatical about quality food and launched a new menu at the Glovers |Court restaurant this summer. Shane was mentored by Marco Pierre White and his passion for food and culinary excellence is contagious. The new menu combines a selection of stunning small plate options along with a la carte dishes.

FRIARGATE BETTING SHOP TO BECOME A RESTAURANT
A former betting shop on Friargate has had plans submitted to become a bar, restaurant and radio hub. The ‘Bet Sid’ betting shop and offices are currently vacant and have been since 2019. The application intends a new use of the ground floor of the property as a bar with tables served by a small kitchen area in the ground floor area, and use of the first floor as a bar lounge with two karaoke studios.

REFURB FOR POPUAR PUB
The Station Preston has changed hands and has had a major refurbishment. It was the 17th addition to Blind Tiger Inns, which had a £100,000 refurbishment earlier this year. The newly refurbished pub is next to Preston Station so is a great spot for commuters, football fans, shoppers and those on days out in Preston. The pub has live local singers every Saturday, and they are family friendly, dog friendly, and have a beer garden at the rear as well as darts and a contactless pool table.

POPULAR RESTAURANT LEAVES TOWN
Olive Tree Brasserie has closed its door in Preston city centre. After ongoing negotiations with the landlord through the difficult 18 months that have passed, the popular restaurant is having to suddenly close in Church Street. Dean Wilson, Director of Olive Tree Brasserie said in a statement: “We would like to thank all of our loyal customers, many of whom have enjoyed the brand over many years as well as our dedicated Preston team for all their hard work and passion in making the Olive Tree Brasserie Preston experience one to remember.”

NEW PIZZA AND COCKTAIL BAR
All Hopes No Promises which has opened in Guildhall Street is run by the same people as Smashed Preston in Miller Arcade. A spokesperson said: “The bar is a whole new concept in Preston, welcoming people from all backgrounds to come and try our amazing pizza and mystical cocktails developed by General Manager Andrew Ball. “The venue is designed to stand out from the norm. After going through a pandemic, we thought that Preston needed a little bit of something different to bring it back to life whilst not straying away from its heritage.”

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