TikTok sensations the Spud Brothers take over Preston Hot Potato Tram and gain nearly 600,000 followers

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The Hot Potato Tram has been serving up hot potatoes and parched peas to customers in Preston since 1955.

Move over Mr Potato Head, there's two new spuds in Preston town serving up a medley of lunches and TikTok videos.

Jake Nelson, 28, and Harley Nelson, 21, aka The Spud Brothers, have taken over The Hot Potato Tram on Flag Market and launched a TikTok account to boot.

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The brothers’ TikTok page is also growing fast, they film videos about working on the van, how to keep happy customers and even give away free food sometimes – one of their most popular videos has almost 20 million views.

Jake said: "We took over the Hot Potato Tram from Tony 12 weeks ago and rebranded it to the Spud Brothers.

The Spud Brothers with Tony.The Spud Brothers with Tony.
The Spud Brothers with Tony. | Emma Downey

"As social media is such a big thing we decided to also put out a Spud Brothers TikTok to get more of a word out there.

"We we started doing it we got a few videos that went viral and we have currently reached 16,500 in 12 weeks but in total across all out social media platforms we are now up to 900,000."

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Gaining even more notoriety, popular TikTok duo Ollie Ball and Jacob Pasquill, from Bolton, who have over three million followers combined, visited The Spud Brothers' hot potato tram.

They became social media stars in 2021, after making a comedy series on the app, named ‘chuck it or scran it’ where they reviewed food and drinks.

Ollie both dug into a cheese and bean potato with garlic butter, whilst Jacob tried the chilli and cheese. In one of the videos they both try the food, describing it as “unbelievable” and “a scran it.”

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Jake added: "Our most popular spud is cheese and beans with garlic butter, but a new contender which seems to be taking over is Tony's Tram Chilli which is made by Tony. " The Spud Brothers are open Monday – Saturday, on the Flag Market where they livestream on TikTok from their hot potato tram.

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