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Poco Loco Prescot

Prescot revival shows no sign of slowing

by Lisa Bennett

The latest new addition to the night time offer in Prescot town centre has now opened its doors to the public. Poco Loco is owned and managed by the team behind Poco Coffee, which is located in the same building and has been trading in Prescot since 2013.

Richard Sutton and his business partner Cliff Regan are behind this new venture. Richard commented:

“Our opening night surpassed all our expectations. The bar was absolutely packed out all evening and it was so encouraging to see the local support for us.

“We opened Poco Coffee almost seven years ago now and in that time we have seen a lot of changes in Prescot and I have to say that they have been overwhelmingly positive – something which is unusual on many high streets.

“What is also rare is just how supportive the community in Prescot is. The people are great, there is genuine encouragement from other independent businesses and the Council have a real vision for the town which they are driving forward with major investment.

“The night time economy in particular is really coming to life with lots of bars and restaurants – many buoyed by the prospect of The Shakespeare North Playhouse which is being built in the town. When the Playhouse opens I can only imagine the potential impact it will have in terms of visitors so for me, opening Poco Loco made perfect sense. There’s no reason why Eccleston Street can’t be the next Lark Lane!”

Poco Loco Prescot
Poco Loco Prescot

Alongside Poco Loco, Prescot has seen a variety of new bars and restaurants open over the last 12 months. This includes Urbano Chiringuito, The Lord Strange, The Oven and Pinion – part of renowned chef Gary Usher’s Elite Bistro portfolio.

To complement these new arrivals Knowsley Council has also invested significantly in the town and secured additional funding from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, central government and Heritage Lottery to make other improvements. This includes improving accessibility to and from Prescot train station, upgrading paving and pathways and also the restoration of historic buildings and shop fronts. All these changes combined with The Shakespeare North Playhouse development are making a huge difference to Prescot and capturing a lot of attention.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration & Economic Development commented:

“It is great to see such positive change happening in Prescot and to see our vision for the town centre coming to life. As a Council we spent a great deal of time looking into how we could help to breathe life into our town centres. From the outset we saw an opportunity for Prescot to establish a strong night time economy. I don’t think any of us knew exactly how this would develop but we had a vision and we committed to support it.

It has been wonderful to work with, and support, people like Richard who have been so keen to get involved in the town and help others to do just the same. We will continue to work with the entire community in Prescot to ensure these new developments, investment and businesses have a permanent and very promising future here. Best of luck Richard!”

Poco Loco serves a variety of specialist gins and vodkas plus bottled beers, prosecco and cocktails. Alongside this, customers can also enjoy charcuterie boards crammed with meat, cheeses, olives and nuts. The bar is open Friday and Saturday evenings (7pm to 11.30pm) and Richard plans to extend this to other days of the week once the business is more established.