The Hot Potato Tram is back open for business and will be during lockdown 2

Posted on - 3rd November, 2020 - 2:49pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, City Centre, Flag Market, Food & Drink, Health, History, Nostalgia, People, Preston News, Restaurants in Preston, Takeaways, Uncategorized
The Hot Potato Tram has reopened. Pic: Tony Worrall Flickr
The Hot Potato Tram has reopened. Pic: Tony Worrall Flickr

The Hot Potato Tram reopened Monday 2 November at Preston’s Flag Market and will remain open during the second national lockdown.


The famous tram sadly had to close due to former owner Keith Roberts passing away in September due to cancer, aged 43.

The tram was hugely popular and was a relief to Prestonians when the news it was reopening came about.

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Under new management, the tram returned ran by Keith’s close friend Tony Nelson.

Tony Nelson told Blog Preston: “We are planning to keep open over lockdown and want to try to encourage people to visit us after their walks/exercise.

“[It is an] opportunity for people to get outdoors and admire our beautiful surroundings.”

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Tony said that the tram had to shut early today (Tuesday 3 November) due to ‘teething issues’ but they will be up and running again tomorrow.

Tony is planning to add new options such as hot traditional homemade soups, breakfasts, hot and cold drinks as well as retaining those old favourites of parched peas and hot potatoes

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England is due to enter a second national lockdown Thursday 6 November.

All restaurants and pubs have to close under the new restrictions but takeaway and delivery services are still available.

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Will you be visiting the Hot Potato Tram during lockdown? Let us know in the comments below

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