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There’s a French bistro opening in this Preston church

Posted on - 23rd September, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Food & Drink, News, Preston City Centre, Restaurants
Steak and frites anyone?
Steak and frites anyone?

A French-themed bistro is preparing to open in Preston city centre.

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Bistrot Pierre has secured permission to open within the former Fishergate Baptist Church.

An extensive refurbishment of the church is due to create space for more than 200 diners.

Co-owner of the bistro chain Rob Beacham said they were hoping to be open by Spring next eyar.

He said: “We’re very excited to be opening in such an incredible space.

“It’s a prime location – opposite the popular Fishergate Shopping Centre, adjacent to the busy train station and within walking distance of Preston Guild Hall; we couldn’t have asked for a better site.

“No two bistrots in France are the same and this is an ethos we endeavour to encapsulate when designing our own bistrots. We ensure that each of our restaurants have their own local character and reflect their surroundings.

“We’ve never opened a bistrot in a church before so I thoroughly look forward to supporting its restoration and breathing a new lease of life into such a fabulous old building.

“The beautiful high ceilings and intricate window details are features I’m particularly excited about – it’s going to be a breath-taking space.”

How Fishergate Baptist Church could look
How Fishergate Baptist Church could look

The restaurant opening is hoped to bring around 50 jobs to the city centre and the dining arrangement will include space for 50 diners to be seated outside.

Bistrot Pierre was founded in Nottingham 23 years ago and has 21 bistrots across the UK. They operate in Southport and Altrincham.

Inside one of the Bistrot Pierre restaurants - showing what we can expect
Inside one of the Bistrot Pierre restaurants – showing what we can expect

Director at Jenics Neil Bowler who has helped the firm secure the baptist church said: “We worked with Le Bistrot Pierre in Altrincham and Southport and knew Preston would also work well. The search for the right site took some time but this is a fantastic building in a great location and we look forward to seeing them trading.”

Proposals for a restaurant in the church were lodged back in October last year for a change of use by Rowland Homes.

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