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The Market Cross, Dunstable - pub details

Address: 14 Luton Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU5 4JN [map] [gmap]

Nearest train stations Leagrave (2.5 miles), Luton (4.2 miles), Luton Airport Parkway (5.2 miles)

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user reviews of the Market Cross, Dunstable

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Now the initial hype has settled down after the opening of this pub it's perhaps time to look at the real pro's and con's of this pub. It has been built in a relatively industrial area with several big name companies nearby and more developing so no doubt the weekday lunchtime trade is something that has been at the forefront of those responsible for it's building on this site. There is a couple of other pubs relatively close but neither I would say tick all the boxes sought after by the 'out of office' lunchtime eater.

Getting into the car park is a little confusing as it's on a one-way system but once in there it is easy to access the pub with a fair number of disabled parking bays out the front (the 'grey' customer is another customer type this pub has been built for). The interior is an uncomfortable mix of styles and looks like it has been furnished with the leftovers of several other pub builds with a vast collection of different chairs, carpets, flooring, partitions and light fittings. Although some may say it is 'contemporary' I would suggest it is more 'confused'. I could not fault the bar staff on their enthusiasm and helpfulness and the beer quality was very good - I hope this is something that does not fall over time. The menu has some different dishes on it, some that work and some that don't. The carvery is the main focus and although it was enjoyable and reasonably priced overall I have eaten better carveries in the local area.

I have no doubt that this pub will be successful - with the Woodside Industrial Estate so close by, and new developments in the area it will make it's money through office and family eaters. However if you are looking for a proper 'pub' then this is not it.
manx_888 - 7 May 2014 13:00
New pub opened in April 2014. I understand it is similar to many other pubs across the country - built to an identical pattern.

Despite the name it is over half a mile from the market (town centre) and its sign depicts not an ancient market cross but a millennium one from 2000. The pub is in fact in an old industrial area on the site of a former scrapyard.

I visited on its official opening night. It was busy for a Monday night (probably with curious people like me). There were 4 real ales from the Marston range available, the one I tried was perfectly acceptable.

The pub is clearly aimed at the food market (at the cheaper end of the market)- it describes itself as a restaurant bar I think. I was met by several greeters who almost implied that I needed to book a table to enter (I blagged past that). I have spoken to other people who were actually refused entry on the basis that they were not eating. I understand that even gastro-pubs usually make provision for drinkers.

Being generous I might say that this was over-reaction on the opening night, but maybe not.

There are better pubs in Dunstable for food (at whatever price), beer, or both.

I doubt if I will visit the Market Cross again.
boblarkin - 13 Apr 2014 22:29

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