UNVEILED: £1m restaurant and wine bar plans for Preston’s Guild Hall

The Review Bar - artist's impression of the new bar planned for Preston Guild Hall

The Review Bar - artist's impression of the new bar planned for Preston Guild Hall

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The Visitor Information Centre in Preston is to move to a new home, to make way for a £1m transformation of the city’s Guild Hall.

The relocation will create room for the new Villa Italian restaurant and Review wine bar, and will also save the council up to £80,000 a year.

The VIC is to be moved to the Town Hall to become part of the existing customer contact centre, and work will begin next month on the new venues.

Deputy council leader Coun John Swindells said: “The £1m transformation of Preston Guild Hall under Simon Rigby’s ownership is really gathering pace.

“A new Italian restaurant and wine bar is next, which will be great additions to Preston’s growing restaurant and night time economy.

“We need to relocate the Visitor Information Centre to make way for these exciting developments.

“By moving a short distance across the road to the Town Hall we can continue to provide a visitor information service and allow the Guild Hall to blossom.

“What’s more is that we can save taxpayers up to £80,000 a year by merging the visitor information service with our contact centre.”

Simon Rigby, owner of Preston Guild Hall, said: “The Guild Hall goes from strength to strength.

“The whole team is working flat out to create an experience that Preston can be proud of.

“We’ve already made a whole host of improvements to the Guild Hall and we have some big announcements to make on our events programme for 2015.

“As part of our ambition to be Lancashire’s premier entertainment venue, we are investing over one million pounds in our new Villa Italian restaurant and Review wine bar.

“Work starts next month and when it’s finished, guests will enjoy first class food and drink in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

“When I took over ownership of the Guild Hall I promised not only to re-invigorate the venue but also to save money for the taxpayers of Preston.

“I am delighted that moving the Visitor Information Centre will not only allow the Guild Hall to flourish but will also save £80,000 a year for the taxpayer.”