One of the city’s most popular pubs is to launch a new venture within Preston Market.Advertisement
The Orchard will be a craft ale bar within the new £4million covered market.
Owner of the Guild Ale House, Gary Quinn, and his partner Jane Briscoe, have decided to take on one of the new units within the market hall.
It will have ten keg lines and aims to build on the success of the Lancaster Road based pub which has attracted a cult following with its focus on local and small breweries.
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Gary said: “We wanted to open something which would compliment the Ale House rather than compete with it.
“It retains our ethos of dealing with small micro-breweries and we’ll also use it as a chance to expand the types of drinks we do.
“Gin is still a big thing and I think rum is going to expand in the next 12 to 18 months.”
Gary and Jane have applied for an alcohol licence for The Orchard.
If granted it would allow the bar to operate from 11am to 1am each day.
Gary said: “We picked the name The Orchard as the area used to be an orchard, and so it retains an identify with the markets area.
“The bar will be the first glass-fronted corner unit you see as you walk down Earl Street from the Ale House.
“This means we have our own door so can trade even after the main market has closed for the day.”
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The Orchard is expected to have space for around 30 drinkers at a time.
Preston’s new market hall, which is under the main covered market, will be opening on Monday 12 February.
It replaces the current Indoor Market which is due to be demolished and replaced with a £50million cinema and restaurant complex.
Gary said: “I think the new market is looking fantastic and we’re really pleased to be a part of it.
“I just hope the people of Preston embrace it and it is a success.”
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