Tapas restaurant plan submitted for Preston Guild Hall arcade

Posted on - 21st October, 2014 - 8:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Food & Drink, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Restaurants in Preston
Architect drawing showing inside the new restaurant

Architect drawing showing inside the new restaurant

A new tapas restaurant could be opening in the Guild Hall’s shopping arcade.


What was Cassandra’s and a former shop unit have a planning application lodged by the Rigby group to create Mundo Tapas.

The 155 square metres restaurant would be located inside the Guild Hall ground floor entrance way.

Work is already underway on the new restaurant

Work is already underway on the new restaurant

Cassandra’s was a bit of a Preston institution but went into liquidation in January this year.

Drawings from architects Frank Whittle Partnership show the interior layout of the restaurant.


Mundo Tapas would create 15 full-time jobs and five part-time jobs.

Proposed opening hours are from 10am to 2am on weekdays and Saturdays. It would be closed on a Sunday.

Richard Simkin, who is managing the Guild Hall complex, said it would not just be traditional tapas.

He said: “We will have Spanish tapas but also tapas from Italy, Japan and further afield. It’s a mixture of foods but in a tapas style.

“It’s all about creating a different offering within the Guild Hall. We ultimately want to have five different places for people to eat before or after a show.”

Simkin said Mundos Tapas would be open from early December and will eventually be able to seat around 200 diners.

A first phase of development has already begun with opening pending the change of use application being confirmed.

The restaurant is part of a £1 million investment in the Guild Hall since Simon Rigby formally took over the venue on Monday.

Proposals for an Italian restaurant on the ground floor in the current tourist information offices has been approved by the city council’s planning committee, including major changes to the entranceway of the building.

The full plans are available to view on the Preston City Council website.

Anyone wishing to comment can do so via the website or email quoting reference 06/2014/0774 by Sunday 2 November.

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