Preston’s fine-dining hidden gem celebrates six-month milestone

2 April 2024

This April, the team at Aven, Preston’s only three AA Rosette and Michelin-listed fine dining restaurant, is celebrating their incredible first six months in business.

LtoR : Samantha Haig, Manager; Sean Wrest, Head Chef; Oli Martin, Chef Director; Alex Blamire, Managing Director. Outside Aven, Preston, Lancashire.

Aven is a true hidden gem, delightfully intimate, relaxed and unpretentious, located at 10 Camden Place; nestled between two Preston grandees, the stylish Georgian Winckley Square and Avenham Park, which inspired its name.

Business partners Oli Martin, Chef Director and Alex Blamire, Managing Director are delighted with the support and industry recognition that their 24-cover restaurant has already achieved.  However, they are not resting on their laurels and have a packed summer ahead, with more exceptional dining experiences and a few surprises planned before their first anniversary. 

“It’s been an amazing start” says Chef Director, Oli Martin adding “Our aim to bring a unique dining experience to the city, one that celebrates British heritage foods and the abundance of quality produce that surrounds us, has really struck a chord with diners.”

With over 17 years of experience in Michelin-starred and AA Rosette restaurants, Oli   looked for a chef whose background and ambition matched his own, and appointed Sean Wrest to the role of Head Chef at Aven. Sean led his former team at Roots in York, to their first Michelin star. Now, he and Oli work together to create unique tasting menus unlike anything on offer in Preston.

Oli continues “Our guests trust us to deliver seasonal plates that not only challenge and delight their palates, but also satisfy their desire for sustainability. They appreciate the imagination that goes into our menus and the exceptional service provided by our skilled front-of-house team. The intimacy and relaxed dining experience offered at Aven is very special, but I promise you, this is just the start!”

The bijou 24-cover dining room at Aven, Preston, Lancashire.

Over the coming months Aven will host a lunch for fellow chefs and industry colleagues, to showcase their skills and innovation.  And, on August 7th, Lancashire-born Oli and Yorkshire-born Sean will go head-to-head, in a culinary ‘War of the Roses’. On the night diners will score a variety of dishes and only when the scores are added together, will the winning chef be revealed and Lancashire or Yorkshire crowned champion. This friendly face-off and battle of wills in the kitchen, will be delicious entertainment for the lucky diners. Booking opens soon.

Aven is open from Wednesday evening until Saturday evening, and lunch is served Thursday to Saturday. On special Sundays throughout the year, Aven also opens to make Sundays even more memorable.

This year, guests can book Aven on May Bank Holiday weekend Sunday 5th May and Preston Caribbean Carnival weekend Sunday 26th May, on Father’s Day Sunday 16th June, and on August Bank Holiday weekend Sunday 25th August.

Managing Director, Alex Blamire believes that “Aven is one of those places that people love to discover. It is a hideaway for those who choose the extraordinary, a place for the gourmet as well as the adventurer, but more than anything, it’s a place to relax and enjoy the best and only fine-dining experience in Preston.”

To keep up to date with what’s happening at Aven and to be the first to know when booking opens for the War of Roses  – follow on Instagram and Facebook @Aven_restaurant  Bookings on 


To mark this landmark Aven invites you to join their celebrations with this exclusive Visit Lancashire Offer. Book during April and be welcomed with a celebratory Champagne Cocktail – See offer here

booking made during April

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