Stonegate reopens Yates in Preston after £300,000 investment


yates's preston Ben Harvey

Stonegate Pub Company has relaunched its Yates’s bar in Preston in Lancashire with a new look after a £300,000 investment.

The refurbishment of the Church Street site has included the addition of a dedicated cocktail bar which will support cocktail master classes as well as an extended range of cocktails.

The new list ranges from classic Mojitos and Margaritas to new jam jar serves made by combining real jam with a shot of liqueur, Smirnoff Red vodka and lemonade. They are available at two for the price of one all day every day.

Stonegate has also installed extra handpull pumps at the bar to offer a greater selection of nationally and locally sourced cask beers, including two for innovative craft beers.

The bar, which officially opens with a launch party on Friday (February 27), will initially offer a range of Lancashire brews including Flat Cap from Bolton’s Bank Top Brewery, Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery’s Radical, Lancaster Brewery’s Amber Ale and Ice Maiden from Preston’s Hart Brewery.

Now called Yates instead of Yates’s, it has been on the site for over 100 years and was one of the earliest pubs opened by Yates’s Wine Lodges which was founded by Preston-born Peter Yates.

The bar will open daily from 8am, serving breakfast dishes from a full English breakfast to blueberry pancakes with apple and maple syrup.

The new menu features a chargrill barbecue section with dishes such as Rooster Booster, which is half a barbecue chicken, southern-fried chicken strips and sticky wings.

These join the selection of classic pub dishes, burgers and sharing platters and four fresh salad bowl dishes – all less than 500 calories and topped with a choice of chicken breast, flat-iron steak or salmon.

The new entertainment programme includes student night on Wednesdays, vodka night on Thursdays when customers can enjoy a special list of vodka-based cocktails, cocktail master classes on Fridays, and DJ-led music, games and giveaways on Fridays and Saturdays. The week ends with a day of sports viewing on Super Sport Sunday.

General manager Ben Harvey (pictured) said: “We’ve got some exciting changes afoot at the pub such as the introduction of BT Sport and Sky Sports alongside eight brand new television screens, which means we can offer some of the best sports viewing facilities in town.

“We have spent the time whilst the pub has been closed for refurbishment refreshing training for the team and as we want our new look to be reflected in the excellent service expected at Yates’s.

“I am delighted that the refurbishment means we can create 20 new jobs at the pub, giving local people the opportunity to start or develop an existing career within licensed hospitality.”

Friday’s launch party will feature X Factor finalist Jake Quickenden, fire-eaters, stilt-walkers, giveaways and free cocktail master classes throughout the evening as well as the return of popular resident DJ Scott Ashworth.

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