Soap star will dine in the city

Kym Marsh arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 19, 2013. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Kym Marsh arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 19, 2013. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
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A dinner date with a soap star and two TV chefs will whet the appetite of visitors to Preston city centre next month.

Preston Business Improvement District (BID) is hosting Dining with the Stars as part of its month-long Love Food, Love Preston drive to support local eateries.

Coronation Street actress Kym Marsh and celebrity chefs Aldo Zilli and Ed Baines will be sampling some of the city’s restaurants for themselves on August 22. Earlier that day, a large number of stalls will trade in the city centre during the Lancashire Market, which is now a firm fixture in the foodie calendar.

Throughout August, diners will be able to take advantage of £10 and £15 offers at all the participating eateries, advertised through a dedicated website.

BID manager Mark Whittle said: “This campaign is to profile the city’s eateries and showcase the great food, service and welcome that Preston offers.

“We want to bring new people into the city to see what there is, but also encourage those people who already dine her to try some of the restaurants they haven’t been to before.

“Preston is the only place in Lancashire to hold Purple Flag accreditation, which rewards excellence in managing the evening and night-time economy, and during assessment the judges told us they were very impressed with the city’s restaurant offer.”

Fran Toal, manager of Turtle Bay in Birley Street, said: “We have only been in the city a short while and so far it has been an incredible journey.

“There is a tremendous amount going on in Preston and there are lots of great places to eat and drink.”

See www.lovefoodlovepreston.co.uk for the participating restaurants.