Plau Bar and Restaurant 263 selected as the best in Lancashire

Fish dish from 263

The Lancashire tourist board, Marketing Lancashire, has announced the finalists for the annual Lancashire Tourism Awards.


Around 50 businesses across 17 categories are taking the next step, including the Preston Plau pub and 263 restaurant.

Marketing Lancashire chief executive Rachel McQueen said: ‘It would always take time for the sector to recover from the last two years, but if there was ever a good sign that Lancashire tourism is rebounding, it’s is in the caliber and creativity of this year’s finalists at the Lancashire Tourism Awards.

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“They represent the very best of accommodation, attractions and hospitality businesses in the county and in this first stage of the competition have demonstrated healthy bookings, improvements in their visitor offerings and truly ambitious plans for the future – all of which are very exciting.

“Lancashire’s tourism and hospitality businesses are nothing short of remarkable in their resilience and innovation and we look forward to celebrating with all the finalists and our supporters at the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2022 event in the New Year. .”

PLAU exterior after renovation
PLAU exterior after renovation

The finalists will now move on to the next stages of the competition which will in some cases include mystery shopping, followed by a presentation and an interview with a jury for all.

The judges are experts drawn from the tourism and hospitality industry and drawn from a wide range of successful business backgrounds, including sponsors of the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2022: DFC, Harrison Drury, insight6, Lancashire Business View, Links Signs & Graphics, Northern Print Distribution Ltd, Total Foodservice.

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Three categories, the Small and Big Event of the Year and the Taste Lancashire Producer Award remain open for entries until Sunday September 18, and the finalists in these categories will be announced the week of September 26. For more information and how to apply, go to

The finalists for the Unsung Hero Award, recognizing an individual working for a tourism company who excels in their role and deserves applause for their hard work and commitment to the industry, will be announced shortly.

All finalists will meet and be interviewed by the judges in early November, with the awards ceremony expected to take place in early 2023.

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