Preston’s newest pub banks on its new interior

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Here’s a sneak peak at Preston’s newest pub – and the new owners are banking on it being a success.

The Twelve Tellers has opened on the site of the former TSB in Church Street.

Pub company JD Wetherspoon has spent £2.54m developing the outlet, creating of 65 jobs in the process.

The former TSB manager Alan Lafferty, Steve Hartley the man who locked the bank doors for the final time, as well as Preston-born 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning boxer Scott Fitzgerald will officially open the pub tomorrow at 9am.

The Lloyd’s pub will be managed by Darran Jacklin. He said: “My team and I are looking forward to welcoming customers into the pub and we are confident that it will be a great addition to the Preston community.”

The imposing Grade II-listed building stood empty for several years since it was last occupied by the TSB, which moved into the premises in the early 1990s.

Until then, it had been home to the Preston Savings Bank and the Baroque-style building was purpose-built for that purpose, opening with much pomp and ceremony in July 1907.

A photograph taken around that time shows the grand banking hall, with its 65ft-long counter with 12 tellers in place – hence the pub’s name.

The Twelve Tellers will be open from 8am until midnight Sunday to Tuesday, 8am until 1am Wednesday and Thursday and 8am until 2am on Friday and Saturday.

A DJ will perform on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, starting at 9pm, and there is also a dance floor.

Food will be served throughout the day, from opening until 11pm, every day.

The pub will feature two bars, including one in the beer garden, as well as two function rooms on the first floor. The beer garden to the rear will allow smoking in a designated area.

Historical photos, details of local history, artwork by local artists, information relating to events, historical buildings and characters of the area, are displayed in the pub.