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Harrington's Bar and Restaurant Prescot

Harrington’s Bar opens in Prescot

by Lisa Bennett

Prescot’s food and drink offer continues to thrive as another new bar and restaurant opens its doors.

Harrington’s Bar and Eatery, based on Eccleston Street, celebrated its grand opening on Friday 18 October.

The new bar will service breakfast, lunch and snacks and will offer a selection of drinks and cocktails and the upstairs space will be available to book for private functions.

Prescot is a special place for husband and wife owners, Lisa and John, as it is where the couple first met and their family spend a lot of time in the town.

Lisa said:

“As a family we enjoy spending time together, eating out in places with live music, where we feel comfortable and we wanted to create that feeling with Harrington’s and make it a place where people want to come and enjoy socialising with friends and family.

It’s a really exciting time for Prescot, with so many great things happening, including the Shakespeare North Playhouse and all of the other new bars and restaurant which are adding to the fantastic atmosphere in the town.”

Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said:

“It’s great to see another new independent bar open in Prescot and wonderful that Lisa and John are local residents who have a real passion for their local town centre and want to be involved in contributing towards its success. The council’s ambition was to create a vibrant evening economy in Prescot town centre and I think we can confidently say that we have achieved this through our hard work and the investment of private developers and independent businesses. Prescot has really captured people’s attention and there is now a great selection of places where people can enjoy a night out with friends and family.”

Historical inspiration

The inspiration for the name ‘Harrington’s’ dates back to the 1500’s when the original Prescot Playhouse, which was located very close to the new bar, was built and owned by Richard Harrington, sometime between 1593 and 1595. The Prescot Playhouse had the backing of the Earl of Derby as a purpose built venue for their actors, known as Lord Strange’s Men, who fled London during the outbreak of the plague. Lord Strange’s Men are known to have performed some of Shakespeare’s plays and the Prescot Playhouse was the only purpose-built free standing Elizabethan theatre outside London.

This amazing historic connection is the inspiration for the new Shakespeare North Playhouse that is being built in the town today.

Harrington’s bar will be open Wednesday – Sunday and will serve a selection of food and drinks in the form of small plates, elegant cocktails, crisp draught beers and a broad selection of bottled spirits and wines.

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