The venue will reopen as PLAU Bar & Bistro on November 18
An award-winning gin and beer house in Preston has been taken over by the people behind the city’s Fino Tapas and fine dining restaurant 263. Plau, which is housed inside 350-year-old former pub and dram shop The Plough Inn, is now under new management and will be renamed PLAU Bar & Bistro when it relaunches on November 18.
Plau co-founders Rebecca Rowlands, Jeremy Rowlands and Nicola Heritage have spent the last four years restoring and reinventing the space, including a gin cellar and restaurant serving bistro-style dishes. The most recent addition was a roof terrace, which opened in June.
The establishment, which is located in the trendy and independent-savvy Friargate area, was named a finalist for Pub of the Year at the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2022 and was recently approved for a wedding licence by Lancashire County Council.
Speaking on behalf of the former co-owners, who successfully pulled the business through the difficulties of the pandemic, Rebecca said they had made the decision to pass over the reins in order to “rest” ahead of moving on to the “next level”.
She said: “PLAU has been an amazing experience and we loved every moment of creating this unique space for Preston. However, it is time for PLAU to move on the next level and we believe the new management team are the people to take it forward.
“After the last few years, we as a family need some rest from the day to day running of the venue. We also have a rather new exciting project that will need more of our focus and time this next year.
“We want to thank everyone that has followed us and supported us on our journey and we hope will continue to support the venue. We will continue to maintain the building and support the new operators to keep bringing the best food and drink in the most unique space Preston has to offer.”
A statement from Plau’s new owners confirmed the venue would be transformed into a gastropub, with Plau Bistro on the upper floors featuring a menu of British dishes with a focus on locally sourced ingredients and using local suppliers.
There will be starter and main options for diners, with Sunday roasts and small plates also available at the bar. The new owners said a new and extensive drinks offering will be provided at the Plau bar on the ground floor and basement. Their statement said that Preston was lacking in a “good quality British Gastro menu with reasonable prices”.
The new team at the helm said: “PLAU is such an important part of Preston’s past with a wealth of history dating back over 350 years. We’re incredibly excited to be part of its future and build on the success that Rebecca, Jeremy and Nicola have built over the years.”
- 05:30, 15 NOV 2022