Reviewed by Kim Bickerdike
As a Prestonian who loves eating out and discovering new places to eat in my hometown, I was really excited when I heard about a new Spanish themed bar serving Pintxos arriving in Preston located on Cheapside, facing the Flag Market, in early September.
Local entrepreneur, Anthony Smith, who I recognised from his successful stint on Come Dine With Me was bubbling with excitement whilst telling us about how much he has loved bringing this building back to life and offering something unique and fun to the people of his beloved Preston.
My friend and I were welcomed to Bar Pintxos by a sea of friendly faces from the bar and serving staff, and the interior has been decorated in a stylish and simplistic way, with touches of Spain peppered throughout. There is also a really intimate and cosy atmosphere and I can’t wait for a night here with friends. Downstairs there are a number of smaller tables and to seat 2 people and features a DJ whilst upstairs is filled with booths and areas for larger groups featuring sliding doors which provides a great view of the Flag Market and Harris Museum. Bar Pintxos is also situated opposite the soon to be open Shankly Hotel and this little corner of Preston could soon become an interesting piazza and great place to eat, socialise and spend an evening.
Shortly after we arrived the friendly serving staff started bringing round platters of various and delicious pintxos. Pintxos pronounced pin-chos and translated means ‘a small snack, typically eaten in bars’, are designed to eat while standing and socialising. Traditional in northern Spain and especially popular in the San Sebastian Basque region’ this is a whole new concept for me but I loved it! After speaking with Anthony he was keen to point out that this wasn’t just another tapas bar but a Spanish themed bar serving small Spanish plates.
Each pintxos came on a small piece of skewered toasted bread and was loaded with toppings such as stuffed mushrooms with brandy, smoked salmon with cream cheese and capers, grilled fig on goats cheese drizzled with balsamic vinegar, manchego cheese and serrano ham, and garlic king prawns. When the bar is officially open, these small plates will be in glass cabinets placed on the bar and will be priced between £2 – £3. You can order a selection of pintxos from the bar and then stand, socialise and enjoy these delicious dishes. We were surprisingly full by the end of the night and had really enjoyed getting to see what this little gem in the heart of Preston had to offer.
As well as a varied selection of hot and cold pinxtos, Bar Pintxos serves a selection of Spanish beer and wines and will be a great place to pop into at lunchtime, after work or somewhere you could spend the whole evening.
The official opening is the first week of September and I look forward to this fun, quirky and unique bar become a permanent fixture in Preston.
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