Preston non-essential shops and hospitality ready for their 12 April reopening date

Posted on - 25th March, 2021 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, City Centre, Food & Drink, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Uncategorized, What's On in Preston
Spring flowers in Preston city centre in March Pic: Tony Worrall
Spring flowers in Preston city centre in March Pic: Tony Worrall

Non-essential retail is set to open across Preston and the rest of England on 12 April.


Hospitality services will also be able to open, serving punters outside.

The city has been in some form of localised restrictions since August 2020, so the re-opening date is highly anticipated by all.

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Business owners and their teams have been gearing up to re-secure their premises ahead of warmly welcoming members of the public back.

Businesses have all necessary procedures in place for a safe and enjoyable return.

Booking slots have already been snapped up in quick time by regular and new customers, who are eager to return to a sense of ‘normality.’

Serena Baxter, Chair of BID’s Pubwatch Group said: “After a very tough year, the hospitality industry in Preston cannot wait to get their doors open, come rain or shine, and welcome their customers back-they’ve missed them.”

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Over recent weeks, venues across the city have gone the extra mile to come up with innovative and safe ideas to provide outdoor space ahead of customers returning.

Plau have a brand-new outside space, the team at Baluga will be making the most of their central spot too with outdoor undercover seating and day party vibes.

Favourites on Winckley Street have a strong ‘Al Fresco’ drinks and dining offering, with Lonely People, Forum & Winckley Ale House all poised to reopen.

The popular 1842 and ‘Rabbit Hole’ will be open for business too.

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The Stanley Arms will be utilising their outside space, as will the Market Tavern, plus Harry’s Bar, The Bull and Royal, The Wellington, Ships & Giggles, Smashed, and brand-new bar All Hopes No promises, are of which all ready to get underway.

Plus, there is an outdoor setup on offer from The Orchard, Twelve Tellers, The Adelphi, and Turtle Bay too.

Specific venue details and opening times can be found here.

Rules around hospitality operations will be relaxed further from 17 May, subject to the government’s road map conditions being met.

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