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    Bar Censsa [Website] [Photograph] [Map 13]
    Unit 1 Friargate || Preston Telephone 01772 201362 || HQ Telephone 01604 612 161
    Brewery Chain: Scotish & Newcastle || Date opened: 2002 || Date visited: Summer 2005
    • Alcohol
      1. Lager
      2. - Kronnenberg, Fosters
      3. Bitter
      4. -
      5. Stout
      6. -
      7. Cider
      8. -
      9. Mild
      10. -
      11. Bottles
      12. -
      13. Cocktails
      14. - Yes
      15. Wine List
      16. - Yes
    Comments:

    • Entertainment
      1. Live Acts
      2. - No
      3. Karaoke
      4. - No
      5. DJ
      6. - No
      7. Juke Box
      8. - No
      9. Quiz Nights
      10. -
      11. Pool Table
      12. - No
      13. Darts
      14. - No
    Comments:
    The only entertainment here is people-watching and the background tape that plays over and over most weeknights. There is a DJ at weekends.
    • Food
      1. Quality
      2. - Excellent
      3. Price Range
      4. - Main Meal - 5
      5. Prestentation
      6. - Very Good
      7. Serving Times
      8. - Until 7pm.
    Comments:
    New menu April 2003. The menu is exstensive and too large to list here - check their website.
    • Toilets

    • Gents
      1. Cleanliness
      2. - Good
      3. Maintenance
      4. - Good
      5. Aroma
      6. - Good

      Ladies

      1. Cleanliness
      2. -
      3. Maintenance
      4. -
      5. Aroma
      6. -
    Comments:
    One concern about the toliets are that the gents are on the 3rd floor and the Ladies on the second - accident waiting to happen I fear. There are toilets for the disabled and are on the ground floor (Radar Key System). A lift accesses all floors, but isn't for general use.
    • Staff
      1. Friendliness
      2. - Average
      3. Attitude
      4. - Average
      5. Appearance
      6. - Good (uniform)

    Comments:
    Most staff are young and probably students. There seems to be a large turnover of staff here as I don't recollect seeing the same face more than a few times on subsequently weekly visits. Consequently, staff regularly seem to be being trained on the spot by other staff, and often walk away from their job in hand (serving a customer) if another member of staff calls them. This is usually done without an apology or explaination to the customer. This is not what many would consider a professional attitude and does a diservice to customer-focused staff.

    Of course these comments are a generalisation about approximately 50% of the staff. The other members of staff being exemplorary.


    • Customers
      1. Locals
      2. - Yes
      3. Students
      4. - Yes

    Comments:
    Locals to student ratio 50% to 50% respectively.
    • Decor [ Traditional / Modern / Other
    • ]
      1. Traditional
      2. -
      3. Modern
      4. - Yes
      5. Other Style
      6. -
      7. Condition
      8. - Very Good

    Comments:
    Bar Censsa was opened in 2001. It forms a part of the then newly-extended St George's Centre, and provides this part of the city centre with its first ultra-modern pub experience. It was soon followed by Mood, and The Assembly Rooms.

    This 3-floor open-plan bar has lots to offer - not least the food. The bar is popular with locals and students alike and has ergononic speakers stratigically positioned to compliment the brightly-coloured geometric artworks on the walls.

    The door security are polite to customers, and polite yet firm at detering others when neccessary. Whether that be through inaproriate dress or rowdyness.

    The 3rd floor of Bar Censsa is currently (2002) only available for private functions. Perhaps not enough people could face the 50-step climb - making this second bar a realistic viability. There's a great view through the large expanse of wall/window from the top floor though. Pity it's only of the Ringroad.

    Here's an interesting observation about the Ringroad. Why does it cut through the middle of the city? By description it should be on the outter part of the city rather cut through it, otherwise surely it's just another road.