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Market Tavern, Preston

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A really nice pub with some original features and a half decent selection of ales on. Well worth a visit.
JonNgog - 27 Aug 2019 20:27
I was fairly impressed by this pub. But there is still room for improvement. It's a traditional and friendly boozer opposite Preston's market. It was busy, but not crowded on my Saturday evening visit. But I still managed to find a seat. Ales were Wylam Hickey The Rake, Tiny Rebel Fugg Life, Theakston Lightfoot & Double Cross IPA & Adnams Fat Sprat. I was a little disappointed that there were no dark beers or a real cider. But I did note in the local CAMRA magazine that they are thinking of introducing cider. Decent pub.
blue_scrumpy - 4 Mar 2018 15:35
Recently refurbished and now run by the chap who had the Black Horse just down the road. Traditional atmosphere. A warm welcome. Choice of cask ales. Samples offered. Well worth a visit.
reverenddavid - 1 Feb 2017 21:43
Inside - what looks like a historic boozer. Only two ales on, the XB was almost neat vinegar, the other was fine though. Barmaid was friendly & helpful
Wilson_MacDonald - 6 Apr 2016 18:18
Straight after football at Deepdale I made the 15 minute brisk walk to the Market Tavern.

Through the market and this attractive pub is in front of me, I get here at 2.15pm and the pub looks good from the outside, this is until I see the signs on the doors that say 'Under new management'! This is always off putting and so it proved on this occasion.

A lovely tiled floor leads onto a wooden floor, there’s an original tiled fire place, original mirrors, marble top bar however the leather seating is ripped and the tables are very worn, this isn't good.

3 ales on which are Robinsons Dizzy Blonde, St Austell Tribute and my choice which is Theakstons Old Peculiar. Its a decently kept and poured pint.

Lots of old photos on the walls, a few locals in, pop music playing on the jukebox, the Market is pleasant and the pint I had was decent but it's not the pub I was expecting and I will be surprised if this makes the 2016 GBG.

It's been ticked
lezford - 2 Sep 2015 17:06
This pub used to be a little gem in Preston but over the last couple of years it has gone down hill rapidly. Yes it has Erdinger on draft and a great selection of bottled beers to choose from. The cask ale choice has gone down it used to have a wide selection to pick from now it seems to have 2 generic ales that I can get from any local bar and maybe 1 that is of decent standard. I am led to believe the pub has changed hands in the last couple of years and talking to the lady behind the bar who has been there as long as the pub itself it seems Its the former landladys daughter who has took over the running of this pub and The Stanley Arms in the words of the Lady behind the bar she never works behind the bar unlike her mother used to. Another thing to note the only time I noticed her smile was when what seemed to be a regular brought her in some food which she ate behind the bar. The place still has the local charm but unfortunately when i visited there was no one in apart from a couple of people. Such a shame as like I said at the start this USED to be a Gem of a pub
caskdrinkernwest - 21 Apr 2015 08:50
First time I went here there was a sign outside saying “a selection of real ales available including Fosters, John Smiths, Tiger & Kronenbourg” !! I think that just about sums this place up. On that occasion there was only actually one proper real ale available (I walked out), but last time there were three. None of them were in the least bit exciting – I had Belhaven Grand Slam, and I normally avoid rugby related beers like the plague.

The overriding impression I got was of the rather loud music which varied between techno-crap and 10CC (Dreadlock Holiday). There were also some quite interesting genuinely old prints on the walls. Large screen TV was showing the racing, and someone getting overexcited about the result – then I realised it was one of the bar staff !!

Martinsh - 18 Mar 2015 22:57
I used to love this place, and have had it on my city centre real ale crawl for around a decade since moving to Preston. The beer is good (cask, bottled selection and Erdinger wheat beer on draft, lovely!), the location excellent, as is the internal feel of the pub. The problem? The woman who is normally behind the bar who has been there as a long as I can remember has got progressively more miserable as the years have gone by. What is worse if you are not one of the daily regulars don't expect to get served any time soon as she will deliberate ignore you for as long as possible. So if she is behind the bar my advice is to just walk past and go to the far more welcoming and friendly Black Horse around the corner!
delacroix - 2 May 2014 13:18
A well worn town centre pub with a few reasonable ales on.
anonymous - 29 Apr 2013 22:35
First class service with a smile and good beer. The place was very busy but plenty of seating and bags of charm. A little too well lit with lights blarring everywhere you look, but this did not spoil the visit. Give it a try!
reverenddavid - 2 Apr 2011 15:26
another sruffy Preston pub with a right miserable lass behing the bar when I was in, didn't think the beer was all that either. Only been in once so might have been a bad day.
Henners - 21 Mar 2011 20:15
Very attractive old pub with a treasure trove of miscellaney, though beers were average - doubted real ale turnover that high.
mtaylor40 - 1 Mar 2011 19:50
a very nice selection of real ale and very well kept
Gandalf - 12 Jul 2010 14:31
3 good real ales, all well served. Nice interior, very friendly staff and customers. No food, but you can take your own as long as you clear up. Loved it, a very good choice of pre-match pub.
Dylanwing - 9 Aug 2009 21:47
My favourite pub in Preston. 4 beers to choose from all well sourced and well kept. Good range of foreign beers including my favourite Maisels weisse. Snug atmosphere, beautiful interior. Opens early. Leave the wife to shop n sink a few in here while she spends the money! Thats my usual trick anyway.
bloomfieldjpm - 18 Nov 2007 23:17
Brilliant, Great choice of Guest Beers, Friendly and a great way to break up the chore of shopping.
itswetinourshed - 20 Oct 2007 14:04
A lovely pub with a stunning Victorian interior and a good range of beers
GaryReggae - 12 Sep 2007 12:27
This is a real gem and a tribute to Victorian pub design. A substantial marble-topped servery counter, two lovely fireplaces, superb decorative screens and loads of etched glass. When you�ve admired all of this, look up at the interesting ceiling (yes, they can be!). Even the toilets are attractive. Four good guest ales.
Alerover - 12 Jun 2007 15:52
This place can be a little crowded during the day as it is small and has the market on its doorstep. However, it's a great place for a quiet evening drink and usually has 3 or 4 guest ales on tap. Nice to find a town centre pub that has not fallen prey to the corporate makeover treatment. I've heard it can be a little expensive but can't say I found this to be the case and I've not met any Preston locals with a bad word to say about it.
brucknerspen - 2 Apr 2007 15:18
Small but comfortable pub,has a regular changing selection of at least 4 guest beers (changes somtimes 3 times a week + loads of bottled beers,last year about 400 different beers appeared,I know it had got to over 370,only trouble is it's to small.
Popular with shoppers and market traders
Freindly staff and clean,bandit,a little on the expensive side
bagheas - 4 Apr 2006 16:35
Great selection of ales, and Erdinger on tap. Cosy atmosphere, friendly staff on the occasions that I've been in. Splendid little place.
woodyptom - 25 Mar 2006 12:35
The warmest and most welcoming pub I have been in for a long time. The beer is exceptional too.
J300gto - 26 Nov 2005 11:35

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