Say 'Hola' to a new way of snacking in Preston

Anthony Smith has plans for a cafe bar in Preston city centre which can make people forget they are in rainy Lancashire.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 7:00 am
Anthony Smith's trendsetting Spanish eaterie will overlook Preston's Flag market

The local businessman wants to whisk customers off to sunny Spain with an authentic Pintxos dining experience - the first in the county.

Pintxos - pronounced pinchos -are small pieces of bread with tasty toppings secured with a cocktail stick and are traditionally eaten as snacks in bars in the Basque region.

Anthony, who has a passion for Spain and its food, is planning to bring the idea to a stylish new Preston eaterie overlooking the Flag Market this summer.

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Pintxos are tasty toppings on a bread base.

And he admits he is excited to be at the heart of what he feels will soon be a reinvigorated city centre despite the closure of some big stores.

“Preston will change and I think it will be an incredibly exciting place to be,” he said. “I want us to be among the first to take that leap of faith and open up there.

"Hopefully we will bring people something new, a little taste of Northern Spain in the city.”

Preston-born Anthony has a cookery background, having worked in restaurants including the Cafe Bar and Verdes in Eccleston. He even won on an episode of the TV show Come Dine With Me four years ago.

He has decided to return to the food industry after selling a successful facilities management company recently.

“One of my big passions has always been food,” he said. “I love Spain and I want to bring that informal style of eating into the city centre.

"I want he food to be phenomenal, the vibe to be great, the music to be quintessentially Spanish or Latin and the atmosphere to be brilliant.”

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