We sent our photographer to have a look round four floors of gin, ale and food lovelyness..
The Plough Inn is on Friargate, which formed part of the mediaeval town of Preston. Its proximity is adjacent to the ancient and formally important junction of Friargate and Fryars Lane (which later became Bridge Street, then Marsh Lane which it is called currently).
Serving quality craft and cask beers, gins, cocktails along with locally sourced, freshly prepared food.
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The building was constructed by John Chorley in or around 1668
Gin is a specialty
There's even a 40ft well, mind where you stand!
The was changed to the Hotel National in the 1890s and then finally closed as a pub in 1923. Since 1923, the portion of the ground floor which fronts Friargate has been used as a shop.
The bar is able to seat 200 people
The Plough Inn continued to trade throughout the 19th Century and had a varied and colourful history, gaining a reputation as an unruly house. Part of this reputation came from the attached Dram Shop or Spirit Vault the curse of 18th and 19th century life
The front part of the cellar has been identified by a specialised historian as containing the remains of a small Gin Distillery. There is a mash pit for pulping the grain and horse-shoe shaped shelving, with water run offs, which held Gin Stills.
The large, stone well is of exceptional build quality for such a structure, being constructed of uniform Ashlar Sandstone blocks for the full depth of the well, which suggests it was built by a an individual or organisation of high status.