Preston’s former China House put up for auction

The former China House, Aqueduct Street, Preston

The former China House, Aqueduct Street, Preston

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A building, once home to a notorious restaurant branded a “death trap”, has been put up for auction.

The former China House restaurant in Aqueduct Street, Preston, slammed as the “most problematic” of all the city’s licensed premises, has been listed for auction with a starting bid of £200,000.

The venue was put up for sale last year for almost £400,000, and has now been listed with a different agent.

It had its licence revoked after a council licensing committee last year heard it became a ticking time bomb in 2013, after safety experts found leaking bottled gas and botched electrical wiring in its cellar.

The former owner was this year given the toughest sentence handed out to a city food business for health and safety breaches.

Wen Qaing Cai, of Preston Road, Chorley, was given a suspended jail sentence, ordered to pay more than £4,700, and complete 200 hours’ community service after pleading guilty to four offences under health and safety legislation.

The building is now up for auction, and a notice on UK Online Agents said it had a starting bid of £200,000, due to close tomorrow night. Yesterday, the bid was £230,000.

It said: “The property is currently a restaurant on the ground floor with a bar, large kitchen, large dining room, store room and ladies and gents toilets. The first floor is set out as karaoke booths; there are 5 booths in total, one w.c plus ladies and gents toilets and a small storage room.

“There is external access to this floor as well as the internal staircase throughout.

“To the second floor which is an attic conversion there are 3 bedrooms and a bathroom.”

The Lancashire Evening Post was unable to contact a representative from the agents.