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New owner of Wellington Inn sets out plans after closure controversy

Written by on October 19, 2021

The new owner of the Wellington Inn in Preston has said he hopes to give a “fresh start” to the pub after recent events presented the pub under a bad light.

Preston born Jordan Ebbs aims to use his 18 years of industry experience in food, drink and hospitality to get the Wellington Inn pub back on its feet.

On October 15, former landlord Andy MacDonald shared the news of his departure from the pub after nearly five months of noise complaints resulted in the council handing him a notice.

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Calling it quits, Andy took the decision to close the pub’s doors and bid farewell as he mentioned in his post: “My team had several meetings with the council and when they put the prohibition notice on the table after constant noise complaints saying that they will serve it if it continues.. well we thought it best we call it a day first.

“The pub has served us well and kept us nice and busy during crazy times.. but the pressure it was putting on myself and my team simply sucked all the motivation and excitement related to this great pub “

Now new owner Jordan and his experienced team hope to move forward form the previous negativity that surrounded the Wellington Inn.

For Jordan, getting the pub back to what it was as he remembered many years ago is now his top priority.

Final handover of the pub will happen tomorrow (October 20) but the team won’t be ready to open up until at least next week as Jordan says he hopes to initially welcome people back in for drinks with food to follow later in November.

Looking ahead further into the winter months and New Year, Jordan hopes his initial plans will help to move on from previous issues with the pub.

“We want to be more food focused- take it back to what the Welly used to be when I used to got there as a proper homely pub,” He said.

Despite the backlash received over the numerous noise complaints, Jordan believes with the pub fully open and functioning as a indoor restaurant, this time round will be different.

“I think a lot of the issues was that people couldn’t sit inside the restaurant (due to Covid)- the Euros were on, so there was hype of people going out and people shouting and singing,” He said.

“As we open now, it’s going to be a lot more of a chilled out vibe- I think it was worse when people were sat outside because obviously the neighbours are going to hear it.

“I think when people are sat inside, it’s a different kettle of fish really.”

To get the pub up and running as soon as possible, Jordan and his team are using the rest of the week to get plans into gear for the reopening.

Jordan said: “This is just about bringing back the basics of hospitality- it’s not just about having something to eat or drink, it’s about the experience.”

Speaking about the previous noise complaints, Councillor David Borrows, Cabinet Member for Planning and Regulations at Preston City Council said: “We cannot comment on a specific investigation and on-going noise nuisance complaint.

“However, the Council follows standard procedures when investigating noise nuisance, and when the complaint relates to a business makes every effort to work with that business to find a reasonable solution.

“This includes multiple meetings, on-site support and advice to the business as well as visits to the complainants.

“The closure of a business is never the intended, or desired outcome and we regret when business owners feel this is the best choice for them.”

No dates for when the Wellington Inn will be back up and running as a pub and restaurant have been set as of yet but with a strong team alongside him, Jordan is confident that he will be able to make the Wellington Inn a warm and welcoming place once again.

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