The four very exciting openings for Preston to look forward to in November

Posted on - 4th November, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Food & Drink, Restaurants in Preston
Work is ongoing to get the Otter’s Pocket ready

Preston has already come on leaps and bounds over the last twelve months – and that’s now been made official.


The city still has a long way to go, but it’s great to see people speak with pride about the place.

One of the aspects that has improved across the city is both the dining and drinking options.

The city has seen openings such as Bistrot Pierre and Finos in recent months, while the new market has given the city a new complexion.

That’s set to get even better in November, with four significant openings hoping to to further bolster what choice we have each evening.


We’ve had a little look at them all below.

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Plau Gin & Beer House

It’s happening!

After years of delays, Plau Gin & Beer House is set to open in Friargate this month.

Nick Elsby, general manager of Plau Gin and Beer House, said: “Plau has been our most ambitious project to date and we’re aware some people thought it would never happen.

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“We’re now in the process of adding all those finishing touches. Collecting all the small finds we’ve made over the years and placing them in their new home.

Rebecca Scott, Jeremy Rowlands and Nicola Heritage in the entrance to Plau bar Pic: Blog Preston
Rebecca Scott, Jeremy Rowlands and Nicola Heritage in the entrance to Plau bar Pic: Blog Preston

“It’s incredibly exciting to see the chandeliers, marble table tops, pictures and frames finally finding their place in the building.

“It’s been a long time coming, but we hope you find the end has been worth the wait.”

Plau will finally be with us from November 16.

Otter’s Pocket

The Otter’s Pocket will be brought to you by the same team that gave us We Don’t Give a Fork and Finos Tapas.

And yes, they will be serving butter pies along with their posher options.

The eatery will open in mid-November and will be located on Winckley Street in the building previously occupied by How The Other Half Live.

Brownie at Finos – there’s no pie pictures yet so look at this 

Mark O’Rourke, co-owner of The Otter’s Pocket, said: “There will be ten lines for ale and freshly made pies that will blow your mind.

“I think serving a butter pie in Preston is a must. There will be lamb, venison, rabbit, steak and chicken.

“There will also be vegan pies and we can do gluten-free if given enough notice.”

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Ginger Bistro

The Ginger Bistro is in the final stages of a refurbishment which is set to launch the former Slice of Sicily site into a new era.

With seating for up to 60 diners and drinkers, The Ginger Bistro aims to bring gastropub style food to Garstang Road.

And manager Simon Noble says plans are coming together nicely.

“We have taken it back to the bones, through three layers of tiles to completely start again.

What was Slice of Sicily in Garstang Road in Fulwood Pic: Blog Preston

“From the finishes we have seen so far it is set to be a stylish new place for locals to meet for a drink or a meal.”

They are also hoping to open in mid-November.

Kim Ji

KimJi has taken on 12 Winckley Street just off Fishergate.

Around 10 jobs are being created by the restaurant which is due to open in the first week of November.

Manager Shen Chen said: “We’re working hard on the decoration of the restaurant and we want to open in the first week of November.

“It will be a casual dining experience and the food will all be home-cooked traditional Korean dishes.”

One of the dishes the team plan to serve up

Dishes on the menu include homemade Kimchi the national dish of Korea.

Kimchi is made from salted and fermented vegetables.

Shen and team also claim they have made the world’s hottest Kimchi, by using the Carolina Reaper which is rated as the world’s hottest chilli.

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