Preston pub shuts for major investment

Preston pub shuts for major investment

The work is expected to take four weeks, with the pub scheduled to reopen in late October.

Graham, who has run pubs in the Preston area for 30 years, says taking on the Market Tavern with his wife Angela is a “dream come true. It’s a beautiful pub, in a great location. I’ve had my eye on it for twenty years so I jumped at the chance to become its landlord when I heard it was available.”

Outside, the Market Tavern will be carefully restored and redecorated repairing damage from a recent fire to make it an attractive feature of the regenerated marketplace. A license has been obtained to have a café area outside, complete with tables, chairs, heaters and planting.

Inside, the pub will be refurbished throughout in keeping with the building’s traditional character. Work will also include installing a new kitchen to enable the pub to introduce homemade food and putting in a barista quality coffee machine as well as Wi-Fi and BT Sport. Permission has been secured to extend the pub’s opening hours while coffees and breakfast will be served from 9am.

Graham is determined that his reputation for award winning cask ales will follow him to the Market Tavern. Six cask ales will be offered and the cellar is receiving a complete makeover, including the addition of state of the art SmartDispense equipment. A glass porthole will be put in the floor of the pub, allowing customers to see into the cellar below and watch Graham caring for the beers they are drinking. So confident is Graham in the quality of the Market Tavern’s beer that he will offer a money back guarantee on any pint that is below par.

Says Graham, “The Market Tavern has got loads of potential but is in a sad state. We want to add to the ambience being created by the City Council in their restoration of the market place by making it a flagship pub and a great place for residents and visitors to Preston to eat, drink and meet up.”

Lawson Mountstevens, Star Pubs & Bars Managing Director said: “Graham’s track record as a licensee and cellar master is outstanding with awards to his name for everything from training to charity work. Heineken is a passionate supporter of the Great British pub and it’s fantastic that such a committed and experienced couple is taking on the Market Tavern and working with us to revive its fortunes.”