PLAU in Friargate closes ahead of relaunch with new management

Nicola, Jeremy and Rebecca pass the baton Pic: Preston Blog

PLAU House of gin and beer has temporarily closed its doors.


The Friargate site will reopen under new operators as PLAU Bar and Bistro on Friday 18 November.

Co-founders Rebecca Rowlands, Jeremy Rowlands and Nicola Heritage pass the baton to the team behind Fine Tapas and 263.

The team will launch a new gastropub menu at the bistro on the upper floors, and a range of refreshed drinks at the bar on the ground floor and in the basement.

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The menu will be British with an emphasis on local foods and local suppliers.

While the bistro will focus on a typical starter and main course, the bar will offer a selection of small plates with an emphasis on Sunday roasts.

The Plau Bar organizes tours and shows its heritage, one of the places taking part Photo: Tony Worrall
PLAU Photo: Tony Worrall

Explaining the decision to hand over management of the venue, Rebecca said: “PLAU has been an amazing experience and we have loved every moment of creating this unique space for Preston. However, it is time for PLAU to take things to the next level and we believe the new management team is the person to move forward.

“After the past few years, we as a family need a break from the day-to-day running of the site. We also have an exciting new project that will require more focus and time next year.

“We would like to thank everyone who has followed and supported us on our journey and who we hope will continue to support the site.

“We will continue to maintain the building and help new operators continue to bring the best food and drink to the most unique space Preston has to offer.”

Read more: Plau Bar and Restaurant 263 selected as the best in Lancashire

A Fino Tapas spokesperson said: “PLAU is such an important part of Preston’s past with a rich history dating back over 350 years.

“We are incredibly excited to be a part of its future and to build on the success that Rebecca, Jeremy and Nicola have built over the years.”

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