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Inside what was Tiggis as A Mano restaurant opens

Posted on - 1st April, 2018 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Food & Drink, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Restaurants in Preston
Inside A Mano in Guildhall Street, Preston city centre
Inside A Mano in Guildhall Street, Preston city centre

Nestled down Guildhall Street off the city’s main shopping street is a building which was home to one of the most infamous restaurants in the city.

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Tiggis was a rite of passage for most Prestonians, be it a birthday celebration, an anniversary meal or the place you went to fuel up before a night out for many students.

Open since the 1970s it met its end during last year and has been empty until just under a month ago.

Chris Maughan, 34, who runs a number of restaurants in the city and in Blackburn, has taken it on.

Rebranded as part of his A Mano restaurant he’s spent a considerable sum giving the dated interior a facelift.

Chris Maughan inside A Mano in Preston
Chris Maughan inside A Mano in Preston

He said: “When the agent rang me to tell me about the property then I couldn’t resist. This is one of the biggest restaurants in the city.

“I remember coming here when I was a kid. The garlic bread, the Italianess of it with Leno and the team.

“But, I think it hadn’t changed with the times. We’ve given it a new look to match the A Mano in Blackburn and looked at what Preston needs.”

With the ability to seat 140 people the restaurant was already attracting a steady number of couples at lunchtime when we visited.

Birra Moretti at A Mano
Birra Moretti at A Mano

Mr Maughan, who also runs Theatre Street Bar and Grill and used to work at Moka in Fishergate, said they had already adapted their menu for Preston.

He said: “We’re off down a side-street and there’s the issue of price. Our Blackburn restaurant is right by the Cathedral as part of the new look area there.

“Preston diners are different and we needed to ensure the menu had a lot of reasonable options price wise, not skimping on quality though, as people come here for such a wide range of reasons.

“Be it a celebration or a quick lunch out, we know we need to be able to deal with all of it. Monday’s for example we’re running a lot of deals.”

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He said a team of 15 had been recruited to run the restaurant including head chef Allen Powers, who has been chef at a number of restaurants in the city over the years.

Allen Powers in the kitchen
Allen Powers in the kitchen

Mr Maughan said the revamp had seen the kitchen area opened up to allow customers a better look at what’s going on.

A view inside the A Mano kitchen - much of the kit has been refurbished since Tiggis days
A view inside the A Mano kitchen – much of the kit has been refurbished since Tiggis days

There’s also been work done to the bar downstairs to add extra seating to it.

Bar seating downstairs at A Mano
Bar seating downstairs at A Mano
Downstairs bar
Downstairs bar

Three weeks in since opening and Mr Maughan said he’s happy with progress.

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He said: “It was quiet for the first fortnight as it’s taken a while for people to be confident we are open, as the restaurant had been shut for a while.

“Preston’s restaurant scene is in a good place I think.

“And with all the new flats opening down the road and in Winckley Square then we’re hoping to see more people down here too in the coming months and years.”

Have you been into A Mano? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below

Clarification: An earlier version of this story stated Chris Maughan had a stake in Moka in Fishergate. This is incorrect. Mr Maughan used to work at Moka. We apologise for any confusion caused and the article has been amended.

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