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Guild Ale House prepares to open in Preston city centre

Posted on - 22nd February, 2016 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Food & Drink, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Pubs
Gary Quinn behind the bar and how the front of the Ale House is shaping up

Gary Quinn behind the bar and how the front of the Ale House is shaping up

Ale fans are set for a treat when a new pub opens in Preston city centre.

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Final stages of building work at the Guild Ale House in Lancaster Road are being completed.

Gary Quinn, from Lostock Hall, is the man behind the new pub.

He said: “It’s been tough work to get this listed building to where we need it to be. Me and a friend have done the bulk of the work ourselves.

“I want to make sure we have a good range of locally-sourced ales on tap.

“There’s also going to be a big focus on craft ale. I think this is something Preston is only just getting into, and it’s big in London, Manchester and Liverpool so why not here?

“We’ll be very much led by our drinkers. If there’s something they want to see on the pumps we’ll try and get it in. We’re a free house so we can do what we want.”

This will be the bar

This will be the bar

The former St Catherine’s Hospice shop is taking shape as a bar, with period features being maintained in the grade II listed building opposite the Town Hall.

Gary, who has run a number of other pubs and clubs before, thinks the side of the city centre towards the Guild Hall is on the up.

The 37-year-old said: “For me when Wetherspoons opened the Twelve Tellers that was a real show of intent.

“That’s really made pubs on this side of town up their game. With the Guild Hall changes, Ham and Jam opening and the Markets plan there’s a sense this side of town may be changing.”

Seven real ales on pump, six craft beers and wide selection of bottled foreign beers too

Seven real ales on pump, six craft beers and wide selection of bottled foreign beers too

The Ale House is due to open on Monday 29 February to the public.

Initially it will be a bar downstairs but Gary has plans for the rest of the building.

He said: “I want to restore the upstairs too and get more seating in there. But first things first I just want to get open and get those pints being pulled.”

Will you be paying a visit? What do you think of the Ale House? Let us know in the comments below

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