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The John O'Gaunt, Lancaster - pub details

John O'Gaunt
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Address: 53, Market St, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1JG [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 6743) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Lancaster (0.2 miles), Bare Lane (2.4 miles), Morecambe (3.4 miles)

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How are the mighty fallen ! A few years ago (when my friend lived nearby) this was definitely the best pub in Lancaster. Now it has gone decidedly downhill. Judging by the photos on the wall, it’s main purpose seems to be a live music venue – the dominant to the exclusion of virtually everything else. The decor is a bit shabby, and the clientele slightly dubious.

The beer range used to consist of 7 or 8 real ales from a range of breweries (I distinctly remember drinking Blackpool Bitter here), but nowadays there are only 4 national ales available of which the only one vaguely interesting was Hobgoblin Piledriver. This was served much too cold.

There used to be an interesting range of food – last time I ate there I had kangaroo burger ! This time I could see no reference to food at all – though it may still be available.

5/10 – go there for live jazz – but not for beer !

Martinsh - 14 Feb 2015 22:10
Visited the John o Gaunt on Saturday 15th June 2013 7pm before the cinema. A few years since I visited and won't be going back in a hurry. There were 4 cask beers and my partner and I went for Doombar which was in good condition. 1st impression when walking in was why was music pumping out in the porch as we entered? We were greeted by two very noisy barmaids and then we sought a quieter part of the pub which proved difficult what with Dire Straights and the Stones pumping out at excessive level. There were very few people in the place but it was so noisy. We were then amazed when the two rowdy barmaids burst into a very loud attempt to sing something completely different to what was playing (for the benefit of the three locals at the bar). To be honest I would have expected the barmaids to be asked to leave had they been customers. What a shame that an historic pub famed for its jazz in the past has gravitated to such depths. Definately a no go area for me in the future. The drink that we had after the cinema was in the Three Mariners near the quay which proved much more calming and the beer was great.
alefanuk - 16 Jun 2013 12:59
Fairly busy and characterful town centre pub that has a small drinking area at the front and opens up to a slightly larger space at the rear. Music was playing slightly too loud for my liking and they seemed to be preparing for a live session later in the evening. The beer range was not as good as the Sun, just down the road - Moorhouses Pride of Pendle, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Robinsons Dizzy Blonde, Copper Dragon Golden Pippin & Jennings Cumberland Ale. Nevertheless this represents a better than average range and the John O'Gaunt is worth a try.
blue_scrumpy - 15 Jul 2012 17:27
If the previous reviewer thought his beer was "vile" he should have taken it back and asked for it to be changed - this would have been done without quibble. When the Black Sheep ran out last Monday night and I had to have Copper Dragon instead I was only charged half-price because the barman was on his own and didn't have time to change the barrel. Its a proper pub with proper people and proper beer as well.
dorothygoodbody - 5 Dec 2011 23:20
nice old city centre pub,unfortunately the pint of Jennings was vile,5/10
fat_beer_badger - 6 Sep 2011 19:38

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