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Preston, Take 2

Yesterday, I posted unconvincing praise of Preston. Today, in compensation, I'll give you more compelling reasons to visit.

  • Preston is the home base for Paul Heathcote and his restaurant collection, including the Winckley Square Chophouse and the Longridge Restaurant (in which chickenfeet2003 tells me he had one of his best-ever meals).

  • Preston's Harris Museum and Art Gallery has a lovely and worthwhile collection with rotating exhibits.

  • Preston was Lancashire's main port city during the later Middle Ages, thanks to its position on the River Ribble, leading to a recent wealth of intriguing archeological excavations.*

  • Nick Park (of Wallace and Gromit fame**) and Richard Arkwright (of water frame fame, one of the enablers of the industrial revolution) were both born and raised in Preston. As was C.

More neutrally: It's still England's newest city! Also, Karl Marx called it the next St. Petersberg, which is a nice accolade for any town if you don't think about its context too closely.

* Many of these excavations are not unrelated to the massive city regeneration project, the Titheburn Project.
** A Matter of Loaf and Death on Dec 25th! Hurray!



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Dec. 23rd, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
I suspect my impression of Preston would have been better had everything not been closed! It was lovely to be there with you, however, dark and abandoned though the city itself might have been :)
Dec. 23rd, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
Today, in compensation, I'll give you more compelling reasons to visit.
Abi and I are in Chorley for the next week and a bit - it'd be splendid to see you and C if you're around.
Dec. 23rd, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
Actually I ate at the Longridge (twice).
Dec. 23rd, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
I have edited to correct it - how encouraging! That ups my hopes of getting to eat there sometime soon. (Due to why we're in Preston on a regular basis, I almost never get to eat out around here. I must make a point of it sometime.)
Dec. 24th, 2008 12:07 pm (UTC)
I must say that, looking at the menu, Heathcote's seem to be rather less ambitious than I remember. They used to have a seven course menu de degustation with rather more ambitious dishes than the current offerings. They are doing fish and chips now which is either very anbitious or a joke for a resto that used to have a Michelin star.
Dec. 23rd, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
I am still unconvinced by the joys of Preston, as it seems to be uniformly miserable and grey whenever I go. At least if I go to Bolton it has some nice architecture to look at.
Dec. 24th, 2008 12:08 pm (UTC)
True! I prefer Clitheroe to Preston. It has an excellent wine merchants and very good sausages.
Dec. 24th, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC)
C.'s mother prefers Clitheroe for shopping too - and you're right about those sausages.
Jan. 3rd, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
I have a prejudice against Preston since our rental car was broken into in UCL's car park, only for us to be a) told by the campus security "Your car's been broken into", b) told by the police "Your car's been broken into" and c) told by the AA "Your car's been broken into". Nothing was taken but the window, and most of that was left behind, and we were towed to Manchester airport, not that the tow truck knew where that was. (Shelley, at dispatch, helpfully suggest that she might go and find a map.) At the airport we were told to leave the car on the eleventh floor (with a tow truck??) and then we got stung a) by the excess and b) for not refilling the petrol tank.

Edited at 2009-01-03 06:34 pm (UTC)
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