Lancaster Potato Man gets brand new jacket

The new tram-style potato van at Horseshoe Corner.
The new tram-style potato van at Horseshoe Corner.

Lancaster’s jacket potato stall is harking back to the good old days when trams ran through the centre of the city.

Ruby’s hot spud outlet and its famous black steel oven will move into a brand new tram-style trailer at Horseshoe Corner on September 1.

Owner Reuben Davenport, known as ‘The Potato Man’, said: “This is a major investment for the stall, reflecting the confidence we have in Lancaster and enhancing the recent development of the pedestrian precinct.

“The new trailer will allow us to expand our menu and offer a wider range of dishes for vegetarians and meat eaters alike.”

Mr Davenport said the new trailer will include a salad bar, and ‘finger food’ such as potato wedges and hot dogs.

The Pickwick Fayre jacket potato stall was set up in Lancaster more than 20 years ago.

It has long been a popular lunchtime choice for shoppers and workers. Reuben ran the stall alongside his wife Susan until her death in 2012.

Lancaster Corporation Tramways operated a tramway service in Lancaster between 1903 and 1930 with a base on King Street.