Preston’s China House building is still empty

New sign: China House in Aqueduct Street in Ashton, Preston
New sign: China House in Aqueduct Street in Ashton, Preston
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A building that was once home to the city’s most notorious restaurant is still empty - months after going up for sale.

China House in Aqueduct Street, Preston, hit the headlines last year after fire experts revealed an explosive cocktail of leaking gas and botched electrical wiring turned the restaurant into a ticking timebomb, capable of flattening a residential neighbourhood.

The restaurant was branded a ‘death trap’ and had its licence revoked at the end of a marathon nine-hour hearing at the Town Hall.

But despite being ordered to close its doors, bosses at the venue refused to – with police, fire and council chiefs powerless to intervene.

The venue, which was branded the “most problematic” of all the city’s 450 licensed premises, eventually closed its doors and was put up for sale.

In August we reported that an online advert on an agency website said the building was up for sale for £399,999.

Now new signs have appeared saying it is for sale or let, but there’s no sign of a new occupier.

The Evening Post called the number on the sale/let sign but was simply told “there’s not much to say at the moment.”

A previous advert for the premises last summer read: “The property in brief consists of a 72 diner restaurant area with split seating arrangements including a partitioned area for large groups , bay seating around the edges and a mixture of two seater, four seater and eight plus seater positions.

“The restaurant has a contemporary decor with east Asian designs aspects and features a lit up bar in front of the kitchen area.

“The first and second floors house a karaoke bar and residential space that currently accommodates many of the China House staff.