I’ve featured a couple of pubs recently in the Preston in the Picture series of photographs so it was interesting to see that the Lancashire Evening Post was making the point I’d raised a few weeks back on a previous pub photo about the number of pubs closing or changing their purpose altogether. In last week’s LEP article they reported that more than a third of city pubs have closed. The tough economic times seem to be having an effect on many traditional boozers, however one type of pub seems to be doing better than most in the recession and this week’s photograph is of one of the popular restaurant type pubs that are still doing well.
The Marston’s chain of food pubs are apparently going from strength to strength and the Company has refurbished a number of pubs in the area recently including the Bell & Bottle at Kirkham and the Ribble Pilot on Preston docks. Given that they now operate around 500 pubs in the UK the group are obviously doing something right.
The Guild Merchant opened its doors to the public at the end of August.
Photo: Fuji x100 5.3secs ISO400 f8
Paul Melling [paulmellingphotography]