Plau bar and 263 restaurant shortlisted as Lancashire’s best

Posted on - 25th July, 2022 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Food & Drink, Friargate, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Proud Preston, Pubs, Restaurants in Preston
263 North Sea cod, mussel cream, dill oil, and smoked cabbage
263’s fish dish

Lancashire’s tourist board, Marketing Lancashire, has announced the finalists in the annual Lancashire Tourism Awards.

Around 50 businesses over 17 categories are progressing to the next stage, including Preston pub Plau and the 263 restaurant.

Chief executive of Marketing Lancashire, Rachel McQueen said: “It was always going to take time for the sector to recover from the last couple of years, but if there was ever a good sign that Lancashire tourism is bouncing back, it is in the calibre and creativity of this year’s finalists in the Lancashire Tourism Awards. 

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“They represent the very best of the county’s accommodation, attractions and hospitality businesses and, in this first stage of the competition, have demonstrated healthy bookings, improvements to their visitor offer and some truly ambitious plans for the future – which are all very exciting. 

“Lancashire’s tourism and hospitality businesses are nothing short of remarkable in their resilience and innovation and we look forward to celebrating with all the finalists and our supporters at the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2022 event in the new year.” 

PLAU exterior after the renovation
PLAU exterior after the renovation

The finalists will now go through to the next stages of the competition which include mystery shopping in some cases, followed by a presentation and interview with a panel of judges for all. 

The judges are experts drawn from the tourism and hospitality sector and from a wide range of successful business backgrounds including the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2022 sponsors: DFC, Harrison Drury, insight6, Lancashire Business View, Links Signs & Graphics, Northern Print Distribution Ltd, Total Foodservice. 

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Three categories, the Small and Large Event of the Year, and Taste Lancashire Producer award remain open for applications until Sunday 18 September, and the finalists in these categories will be announced the week beginning 26 September. For more information and how to apply go to  

The finalists in the Unsung Hero award, recognising an individual working for a tourism business who excels in their role and deserves to be applauded for their work and commitment to the industry, will be announced shortly. 

All finalists will meet and be interviewed by the judges in early November, with the awards ceremony due to take place at the start of 2023. 

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