Miller & Carter scrap plans for Preston steakhouse restaurant at Fulwood's Eastway Retail Park

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Plans for a long-awaited Miller & Carter steakhouse in Preston have been scrapped.

The steakhouse chain had set its sights on opening a new restaurant on the Eastway Hub retail development, which opened near Broughton roundabout in Fulwood in 2020.

In 2019, UK restaurant goup Mitchells & Butlers confirmed that an application had been submitted for a Miller & Carter steakhouse on a vacant plot of land next to the retail park’s entrance in Eastway.

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UPDATE: Mitchells & Butlers have now revealed they DO still have plans for a Preston restaurant – but it could ‘switch brands’. Click here for our latest update.

Miller & Carter appears to have withdrawn plans to open a new steakhouse restaurant on the Eastway Hub retail development near the Broughton roundabout in FulwoodMiller & Carter appears to have withdrawn plans to open a new steakhouse restaurant on the Eastway Hub retail development near the Broughton roundabout in Fulwood
Miller & Carter appears to have withdrawn plans to open a new steakhouse restaurant on the Eastway Hub retail development near the Broughton roundabout in Fulwood

A spokesman for Miller & Carter said: "We have submitted an application to open a new Miller & Carter restaurant at the Eastway Hub development in Preston.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for Miller & Carter and we look forward to providing Preston with the best steak experience they’re renowned for across the UK."

It was to be Preston’s first Miller & Carter with the chain among the first brands to be named by developers as proposed tenants for the retail park, along with Aldi and Costa Coffee.

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In 2018, the restaurant chain had also announced that the city was one of its "priority locations" going forward, with the Eastway restaurant expected to open in 2020.

The new Miller & Carter restaurant was to be built on land next at Eastway Retail Hub in Fulwood. The plot of land remains fenced off after plans for the steakhouse were withdrawn by the restaurant chainThe new Miller & Carter restaurant was to be built on land next at Eastway Retail Hub in Fulwood. The plot of land remains fenced off after plans for the steakhouse were withdrawn by the restaurant chain
The new Miller & Carter restaurant was to be built on land next at Eastway Retail Hub in Fulwood. The plot of land remains fenced off after plans for the steakhouse were withdrawn by the restaurant chain

But work on the site failed to commence and the Lancashire Post can now confirm plans for the restaurant have been withdrawn indefinitely.

A spokesperson for Miller & Carter told the Post there were “no plans” for a branch at the Fulwood site or elsewhere in the Preston area.

The nearest Miller & Carter restaurants are in St Annes, Poulton and Parbold.

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What will open instead of Miller & Carter?

What the new Miller & Carter restaurant might have looked like at the Eastway Retail Hub, FulwoodWhat the new Miller & Carter restaurant might have looked like at the Eastway Retail Hub, Fulwood
What the new Miller & Carter restaurant might have looked like at the Eastway Retail Hub, Fulwood

It is not known at this stage whether other restaurant chains are considering a move onto the Eastway Hub retail park.

We’d love to hear what restaurant/pub chain you would like to see open at the retail park. Share your thoughts in the Facebook comments section.

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