Preston bar PLAU wins national award

Posted on - 9th May, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Food & Drink, Friargate, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Pubs, Restaurants in Preston
PLAU bar after the renovation Pic: Rose Peploe
PLAU bar after the renovation Pic: Rose Peploe

PLAU Gin and Beer House has won the Best Conversion to Pub Use award by CAMRA and Historic England.


The building, which is situated at 115 Friargate, dates back to 1668 and was transformed during a three-year renovation project, which uncovered secret rooms and hidden histories.

Setting out to create a real feeling of a 300-year-old inn, the PLAU team added elegant fittings and fixtures while preserving original brickwork, wood panelling and reed ceilings.

Director Jeremy Rowlands said: “The idea of recreating and reimagining a long-lost inn was an immediate attraction with this project.

“From the onset we let the building itself and the history we uncovered lead the design, rather than imposing a scheme. It was a hugely challenging project – the building being so narrow, with so many level changes – there are 10 sets of steps in total!

“The restoration took three years and nearly broke us several times. Fortunately we had such an amazing and passionate team.

“We wanted to create a selection of timeless and elegant spaces crammed into this historic house and, through the vision of Rose Peploe and Rebecca Rowlands, I think we achieved this.”

Rose, from The Artistry House, said “I am incredibly proud to be able to put my name to PLAU. It was a challenge and a pleasure to work in depth on this design scheme from start to finish.

“Jeremy and the team had a clear vision and story to tell, not only as a narrative for the business direction but also a voice for the heritage of the building and site. The collaboration and passion that was injected from all members involved contributed to the genuine depth and substance that was achieved within the final design scheme.”

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The development of PLAU is set to continue as they open up and convert more hidden spaces. To read more about PLAU’s history and their journey of restoration, visit the PLAU website.

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