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There will be a cafe in Moor Park – and you could run it

Posted on - 5th April, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Food & Drink, Moor Park, News, Parks, Preston Council
This will become a cafe serving Moor Park
This will become a cafe serving Moor Park

A former bowls pavilion has been refurbished in Preston’s biggest park – and the council now wants someone to run it as a cafe.

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The grade-II listed Moor Park is undergoing a £2million face-lift and having somewhere to eat and drink is high on the agenda for Preston City Council.

A lick of paint and repairs to the pavilion have been completed and is the ‘perfect location’ for a cafe according to the council, as it overlooks the bowling greens and is near the children’s play area and outdoor gym.

Cabinet member for community and environment councillor Robert Boswell said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for a new or established family business.

“We’ve had the idea for a café in the park for a very long time and as part of the Heritage Lottery funded restoration, we are now in a position to make it happen.

“Many visitors to the park have asked for a café and the former bowls pavilion is an ideal location.”

Side view of the new cafe building
Side view of the new cafe building

The council is offering a five year lease on the building, with the first year being rent free.

Read more: Restoration project sees grotto at Moor Park back in use

Heritage Lottery money is being used to restore the park to its Victorian glory, with major work being done on the drainage and layout of the park – which is the largest in Preston.

How can I run the cafe?

Expressions of interest can be made via the city council’s online procurement tool The Chest.

Applications must be made by 5pm on Tuesday 18 April.

What do you think about a cafe opening? What would you like to see? Let us know in the comments below

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