Fulwood man plans foodie haven after taking ownership of The Wellington

Posted on - 30th October, 2021 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, City Centre, Food & Drink, Fulwood, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Pubs, What's On in Preston
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The Wellington Inn’s new owner is planning to open the pub as a daytime restaurant this November.


Former restaurant manager Jordan Ebbs, 32, originally from Fulwood, began his career in Preston before moving to Manchester for eight years.

Jordan has experience working in the food and hospitality sectors, having worked for DoubleTree by Hilton, Turtle Bay and Marco Pierre White.

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Jordan has fond memories of the Wellington, located on Glovers Court in Preston city centre, from back when he was 18 and has high hopes for the future of the business.

He said: “I think the Wellington was pretty central to Preston, with one of the main nightclubs across the road.

“Obviously, we don’t have that anymore, what with it being apartments now. But I think there is an opportunity with the likes of Mowgli and the new brasserie restaurant that’s opening at the old Olive Tree. This whole area will be quite a foodie area, so that’s the way we’re hopefully going with the Wellington.”

Former landlord Andy MacDonald left the pub in Jordan’s hands following a recent controversy involving a series of noise complaints, forcing Preston City Council to intervene.

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Jordan plans to turn the pub into a restaurant during the day, with a November opening date to be confirmed. He then hopes to capitalise on the nighttime trade by drawing in drinkers, who he expects will carry on to other Preston nightspots.

Speaking about the noise complaints that led to his predecessor’s departure, Jordan said: “I think there were quite a few events on at the business.

“The likes of the Euros and outside dining probably didn’t help with the concentration of people outside. We will speak to the licensing department and the Department of Health to see what the actual issues were and what dates the issues were on.

“Hopefully, we can build our relationship with the local neighbours.”

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