New ale house coming to Preston city centre

Posted on - 18th February, 2022 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Pubs, What's On in Preston
Hopwoods Tap House (Facebook pic: Hopwoods Tap House)
The venue is getting ready to launch Pic: Hopwoods Tap House

Preston city centre will see the opening of a new ale house located in Church Street in the next month.


The former Woods tobacco factory and shop is currently being transformed into Hopwoods Tap House.

The opening on Saturday 5 March will display 30 different beers on tap and customers are going to have over 100 different beers to choose from. 

There will also be cans and bottles from Preston’s local breweries and a range of classic alcoholic drinks provided from behind the bar.

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The directors have found artefacts such as machinery and factory related equipment in the building, with some dating back to 100 years which will be put on display in the ale house for its historical context.

The team is now reaching out to historical societies or anyone who might have pictures of old tobacco shops in their personal collection, as they need more original pictures for the indoor area.

Formerly Woods tobacco building (Facebook pic)
Formerly Woods tobacco building (Facebook pic)

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Nick Carter is one of the seven people involved in the project.

Nick said: “We are hoping to bring something brand new to Preston city centre that’s not been seen around here before.

“One of my friends from school was having a conversation with me during lockdown, him and a group of friends were also looking to open a small venue. We all got together over a beer and its ended up with seven of us involved in this, we are all just beer lovers and think that there’s nowhere that offers the choice that we would like to see.

“I know about the industry along with my other colleagues, we are building the place and we’re making sure that it properly runs and operates going forward selling the right drinks.”

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