Market Tavern has new landlords – and they are familiar faces

Posted on - 22nd January, 2018 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Food & Drink, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Pubs
The Market Tavern is opposite to Covered Market which is having extensive restoration work
The Market Tavern is opposite to where the new Preston Market will be

The Market Tavern has a new team behind the bar – and it’ll be a familiar one.


Meat and Drink Co, run by Jeremy Rowlands and Rebecca Scott, have taken on the lease for the pub in Preston city centre.

In early January this year the former landlord Graham Rowson announced the pub would be closing its doors.

The firm behind the Plungington Hotel and the forthcoming Plau Gin and Beer House in Friargate have stepped in to keep the Market Tavern open.

Mr Rowson, who took on running the pub after a major refurbishment by Star Pubs in September 2016, said trading had been struggling since the Market scheme building work.

He said takings had fallen by more than £5,000-per-week.

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The team behind the Market Tavern, including Jeremy Rowlands, far left, and Rebecca Scott, far right
The team behind the Market Tavern, from far-left managing director Jeremy Rowlands, current manager of the Tavern Nathan Whitaker, operations manager Bill Murray, director Nicola Heritage and creative director Rebecca Scott

Ms Scott said: “The Market Tavern really is a lovely old pub. We don’t intent to change it too much. However as The Market itself has evolved and is about to enter an exciting new phase, then so the Market Tavern is going to evolve with it.

“Drinks will include a greater emphasis on small craft producers, a new range of quality wines and spirits, a small cocktail menu and a range of freshly squeezed juices.

“We really are excited about what the new Market Quarter is going to give to Preston and look forward to getting involved and trying to play our part in the rebirth of this part of Preston City Centre.”

The Market Tavern is expected to see a new menu

The Market Tavern is expected to see a new menu

Meat and Drink Co have confirmed they will be introducing a new menu with breakfast being served as well as a revamped lunch and evening menu.

They are also proposing a new outside seating area for the summer months linking up with the new Starch House Square the city council wants to create in front of the glazed market hall.

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Mr Rowlands has previously been involved in the Continental, The Ferret and The Moorbrook.

The pair have been working on restoring the Plau Inn in Friargate since summer 2014 but no opening date for the gin bar has been announced as work continues.

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