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A coffee shop with snacky bits that oddly has a set of handpumps. Grossly overpriced and couldn't careless service by untrained staff.
slerpy - 14 May 2017 17:44
Smart eaterie/bar in centre of town. I have not eaten there but I heard good reviews. Sadly, this pub just doesn't seem to be getting the footfall. It is pricey and drinkers are probably being attracted to the new craft beer bar next door which serves 6 regularly changing beers.
Hugh.Jainus - 2 Feb 2017 16:37
Used to be The Royal Oak back in the day. Has seen a few landlords come and go over the years. Expensive and the landlord is unbelievably rude! Food not that much either although prices would lead you to believe it's Michelin starred!
Hugh.Jainus - 7 Jul 2016 19:04
It's pretty decent for the food here, with a menu that you can have starter and main for �12 (certain things from the menu albeit). Beer is quite expensive compared to say the Tiger Inn but the pub is spotlessly clean and well laid out.
Oakman100 - 27 May 2012 18:12
Terrible service. Food ok but over-priced...
Sally1971 - 5 May 2011 21:27
At last a reply to 'lovingitindorset.' Actually, I think I did understand what 'lolabola' was saying. Some of us on fixed incomes can't afford �25 for 2 courses, and if we did we would expect the starter to arrive rather sooner than one hour later! I can't speak from experience though, as I can't afford this pub until I win the lottery.
beerpilgrim - 5 Feb 2011 22:10
Went for Sunday carvery with the kids this weekend and it was first class. lovely staff, warm and friendly atmosphere and the food was both huge and spot on, well done.
Dave_ESB - 6 Dec 2010 18:55
just come back from the Market House again, little bit full from my carvery, which was lovely, I was joined by four old friends, once again thanks to all the nice staff.
Reading 'beerpilgrims" post, doesnt look like he can read or understand what he/she has just read? I find this amusing.... I wouldnt like to go out with a meal with that cheapskate...sorry must be the wine talking, WELL DONE MARKET HOUSE! 10/10 will be back soon
lovingitindorset - 10 Nov 2010 13:56
I just love reviews like the last one. 4 people, and they only waited one hour for the starter, and they only paid �100. Remind me not to bother!
beerpilgrim - 1 Nov 2010 16:50
Went to the Market House last Thursday thought the decor was bright,clean and modern,we just popped in and only booked an hour before our meal, the staff were friendly and helpful.
The food was superb,plenty of choice and generous portions we were all very impressed the four of us had starters and mains and one drink each and the bill was a very reasonable �100.
There was a long wait for the starter nearly an hour but we will definately go back next time we are in Dorset nice to find somewhere modern and well priced in Bridport.
lolabola - 23 Oct 2010 18:37
Went to The pub for Sunday lunch on 17th October. The first thing that we noticed was how clean and tidy the place was. All the staff were very helpfull and all had a smile on their faces. We all had the Sunday Carvery. Very,very good quality food,plenty of meat,(choice of 3)loads of veg and two choices of gravey. The drinks were reasonably priced and although busy the bar service was pretty speedy. All in all I would rate this as the best pub in Bridport. Long may their high standards continue.
slim2moro - 17 Oct 2010 21:17
Had to write up with big congrats, my sixth visit back to the Market House and all equally perfect. Food was good and its the sort of place Bridport has longed for. The beer was kept amazingly well, couldnt belive it was a Palmers beer. We will be going back here again and again.
lovingitindorset - 15 Oct 2010 15:18
Such a shame. A fortune spent on redecoration, a superb interior and a lovely patio area. It has all come to nothing for small reasons that could so easily have been put right before things came to this. The outlook must look bleak with the summer over and most of the visitors to the area having returned from whence they came. So much promise - so little delivery
TheRedBladder - 5 Oct 2010 11:43
Terrible service, terrible food, rude staff! The dessert we ordered was close to �5.00 a slice, you can buy a whole cake from Aldi for �1.90!!!!!!!!! This was an Aldi gateau. The main waitress has a an agressive attitude and is very stern and never seems to wear a smile! One of our meals were undercooked with blood coming from the chicken...not good! :( The cavery looked like it had seen better days. We as a family think the food and drink are over priced and even Weatherspoons beats this place! Stay well away if you are even thinking of going....They will just take your money and give you nothing, not a smile, service or even decent food.
booseylucie - 23 Sep 2010 22:17
Dropped in for a pint before darts. The Copper Ale was good if expensive. Landlord slagging off brewery - blames them for empty pub. Very quiet in there now. Bridport folk can't afford the prices!
johnny.sausage - 22 Sep 2010 23:17
Was taken there for lunch by a client yesterday. Thought I might get lucky as we ate at 12 noon. WRONG! Despite pub being almost empty the food took 27mins to arrive. It was cold and my chicken had blood running from it. Complained and got told that they were experiencing problems with food quality. Girl waiting told me the place was a 'wasp's nest of confusion'.
johnny.sausage - 13 Jul 2010 15:32
John Palmer is usually spotted with a glass of wine in his hand and very rarely seen in one of his family's outdated pubs. Don't try and tell me you know what a real pub is - your only interest is closing the good ones or spoiling the remainder.
johnny.sausage - 27 May 2010 22:27
Thought I would give this pub another try today. What can I say? DISGUSTING food. The so called fresh veg were sloppy - freezer methinks. As usual Palmers have installed a non-descript tenant in a pub that has been decorated in a style that reminds you of the 1990s. Carvery looked very dried out at 2pm. Pub was empty bar a few grockles. Closing down soon?
johnny.sausage - 27 May 2010 22:24
The pub has been refurbished very nicely, and the decor inside is great, with a good atmosphere. BUT the food is over priced, and not of a very good standard.
The last meal we had i ordered the mackerel from the specials board, the two fish arrived in a dish with a little salad and the fish with a little melted parmesan cheese on it. On trying to eat the fish i found blood running from them ( not cooked properly ) but worst was to come, i found they had not been gutted. On telling the waitress she removed them, but came back a little later to say the chef said this is how they should be as they are only small fish.
The main was not much better, moroccon lamb shank on a bed of cous cous which was soggy with no taste, what was moroccon about the lamb ? perhaps it came from there frozen because it had no spice and no taste.
Will i eat there again NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
babboonman - 4 May 2010 15:49
NOTE TO JOHNPALMER: you must know that a pint of Heineken is going to taste the same in Bridport as it does in Inverness - bland, fizzy & cold.
johnny.sausage - 20 Apr 2010 16:13
As usual for a Palmers pub this place is very over-priced. How a small brewery can charge �3 a pint for beer brewed down the road I will never know. Greed perhaps. Ate in there last week - food OK but very pricy. Won't be going back. I see the initial interest has worn off - dead on Saturday - dread to think what Palmers are charging tenant in rent... Plus side - decent pint of beer - the new head brewer knows what he is doing.
johnny.sausage - 20 Apr 2010 16:10
My friends and me were very excited to eat at the markethouse seeing as we really enjoy the place for a couple quiet drinks after work - with a really nice atmosphere and outside area, but we were bitterly dissapointed when we came to eat there last wednesday. It took the waitresses ages to take our order, not offering us drinks at any point throughout our meal. We then had to wait 40 minutes for our starters when there were no more than 15 people in the resurant (including us) and after our starts another 30 minutes for our main courses, which is where it all went wrong...
The waitress started handing out our plates - not warning us thay were extremly hot before passing them over. Three of the seven meals were advertised to come out with homemade potatoe wedges - yet they came out with undercooked crinkle chips. A steak ordered rare came out medium and when sent back came out once everyone had finished there meals and then it was still overcooked and too chewy to eat. The waitresses did a good job of dealing with the problems - but could have walked further away from the table before they started to talk about us...
We left extremely dissapointed and when one of the group went back in to grab a coat left behind - he found the waitresses F-ing and swearing about us.
I will not be eating there again - but will still be popping in for a drink - aslong as I am not served by the same rude waitresses I was at the meal.
gnomes - 16 Apr 2010 22:35
The food is very over priced. The lady on the front desk was very rude...granted they were bust but I still did not deserve the rolled eyes look and menu slammed down infront of me. The food is nothing special and the carvery was looking like it had seen better days when we went in at 2.30pm. I feel, for places like The Olive Tree who will no doubt suffer because of this pub/restaurant. The Olive Tree always give a good first class service! We went in a couple of days ago for a coffee which was lovely I must say however the staff were just grim with no smile whilst the female member of staff was just moaning that they had 66 tables booked last night and 12 walk ins and tonight was going to be the same....blah blah blah
boosey - 13 Apr 2010 18:00
Glad to hear this pub is finally open again. Sounds as if it will be worth a visit on one of my visits to Bridport in the future. And for the record I like Palmers beer.
beerpilgrim - 12 Apr 2010 12:58
'Not that bad?!' Palmers beer is great. Just to set the record straight, Cleeves and I did have a glass of lager because we were testing the first ever Heineken tap installed in a Palmers pub. It would have been a little churlish not to - but I'm usually spotted with a pint of Copper Ale in my hand
Johnpalmer - 12 Apr 2010 12:41
Newly refurbed and formally the Royal Oak. Nice atmosphere and beer in exceptional nic. �2.80 a pint, so not cheap, but who cares if its excellent.
Dazzer1968 - 22 Mar 2010 12:43
This used to be the Royal Oak and was shut for a long period of time. Just reopened under new name. Lots of light oak panelling and stainless steel. Prices are absolutely daft! 24 hour carvery was looking tired at 3pm and the landlord only talks to the suits! Not too sure how long before novelty wears off. The average Bridport resident cannot afford �3.50 for a pint of beer and �10 for a lunchtime snack. On opening day, John & Cleeves Palmer of Palmers Brewery were in drinking lager. Come on lads - the beers not that bad!!!
anonymous - 16 Mar 2010 18:19

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