Preston’s old Corn Exchange opens a new gin bar

Posted on - 1st May, 2017 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Food & Drink, Nightlife, Preston City Centre, Preston News
What is now 1842, the old Corn Exchange Pic: Tony Worrall
What is now 1842, the old Corn Exchange Pic: Tony Worrall

The old Corn Exchange, situated at 32 Lune Street, has recently opened a gin bar.


The ‘Rabbit Hole Gin Bar’ opened at the 1842 Restaurant and Bar on Easter Weekend, and has already been a huge success.

The unique gin bar has been designed with an Alice and Wonderland theme, and is located at the back of the venue.

The bar opened with a fun and creative launch ceremony which took place during the Easter weekend.

A spokesperson for the 1842 Restaurant and Bar said: “We have made some pretty big changes to the bar as a whole.

“Its only the back garden area that has changed into our gin garden!”

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The 1842 Restaurant and Bar was the former Preston Public Hall, in which many famous acts came to perform including The Beatles and Led Zeppelin.

The Public Hall was partly demolished in 1986, however prior to this, it was Preston’s Corn Exchange, which was a busy marketplace.

In 1842, the significant date of the Plug Plot Riots saw Prestonians stand defiant at unfair wage reductions, and this is honoured by the Preston Martyrs statue outside of the building.

The significant date was remembered with the name of the new building, which is now called the ‘1842 Restaurant and Bar’ and specialises in delivering tasty food, cocktails and live music.

You can visit the latest addition to the building of the ‘Rabbit Hole Gin Bar’ by visiting the 1842 Restaurant and Bar at its opening times from 10am until 2am.

Have you visited the old Corn Exchange recently? What do you think about the opening of a new gin bar? Let us know in the comments below

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