The intentions to demolish the historic bar against his wishes have enraged the landlord.
A PRESTON bar owner has expressed his displeasure with the city council’s plans to demolish his business.
The Saddle Inn Pub in Sidgreaves Lane, Lea, is set to be demolished by Preston City Council to make way for a roadside service station. Daniel Hall, 33, is a tenant of the tavern that will be demolished, and he has expressed his dissatisfaction with the proposed replacement.
On August 24, the EG Group, a Blackburn-based corporation run by billionaire brothers Zuber and Mohsin Issa, presented an application to Preston City Council to demolish the bar.
A petrol station, store, and drive-thru coffee shop will replace the pub as part of a service station area for the £200 million Preston Western Distributor Road, which connects the M55 and the A583.
The Saddle Inn was a “quite low performing outlet,” according to papers submitted to the city council by the pub’s owners, Thwaites Brewery.
The decrease in beer volumes, according to the group, “suggests that the facility has become less desirable and utilised by the local community.”
Mr. Hall told Lancashire Live that “the pub is doing exceptionally well.”
“Everyone who frequents the tavern is enraged,” he added.
“I found out two months ago and thought nothing of it – they stated the pubs weren’t doing well at all, that they hadn’t done well in ten years and that they’d had ten different landlords, which is true, but the pubs have turned around a lot of money since I’ve had it for two and a half years.
“Just for the bar, the brewery takes roughly £6,000 a week from me.
“On a Sunday, we serve about a hundred roast dinners, so they can’t say the pub isn’t doing well.”
Mr Hall took over the bar in May 2019 with the intention of staying for at least five years.
Despite the coronavirus outbreak, he saw that the pub was crowded, particularly during the Euro 2020 event.
Daniel said, “I had a big screen and sometimes we were taking £4,000 in one day just on beers.”
“I’m furious, very furious, because I’ve just had the bar for two and a half years and have spent a lot of money updating it.
“I had to pay for all of the chairs to be restored, as well as all of the photos and paintings, so everything that had been invested in had to be demolished.”Brinkwire Summary News”.