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Ale Emporium, Preston - pub details

Previously called: Bitter Suite

Address: 53A Fylde Road, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2XQ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 33715) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Preston (0.6 miles), Lostock Hall (3.3 miles), Bamber Bridge (3.5 miles)

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> Current user rating: 7.7/10 (rated by 13 users)
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Now called the Speakeasy and easy to overlook, as it's hidden away at the rear of the Ferret. But, this was best of the 3 pubs we visited in Preston yesterday lunchtime. Neither the Vinyl Tap nor the Plug & Taps (the other 2 we tried) are listed on BITE. But, they were decent too. The Speakeasy felt quite dark inside. There were 3 other customers at the bar and the Rugby World Cup was on the TV. The ale range was good - Donkeystone Ferris Miler, Rivington Downdays, Escape Virgil Hilts, Hophurst Wolf & Porteresque, Crankshaft Tiger Club & Speakeasy House Pale (not sure who the brewer was). They also had a cider - Lilley's Cherries & Berries.
blue_scrumpy - 6 Oct 2019 11:28
Off the beaten track for us but glad the wife and I called in. Wide selection of ales and interesting food menu. The place had a 1980s feel but none the worse for this. Not too busy for a Friday but is was a cold early February evening. The staff were friendly and there was a convivial atmosphere among our fellow clientele. If you enjoy real ale you will like the Ale Emporium. We will return.
reverenddavid - 3 Feb 2018 17:26
An unscheduled stop for me as I was disappointed in the ale quality at the Dog & Partridge and wanted a decent pint before I got back to pub ticking in the Friargate area.

After checking the location I made my way here briskly, I’d only read about the pub in a magazine the day before. This used to be a pub (the name escapes me) and is in the same building as The Ferret pub but is completely unconnected and from what I saw is very different.

10 hand pumps offering a cracking selection. I had ales from Rat Brewery in Huddersfield and Fernandes in Wakefield, there were also 2 additional ales on keg.

10pm Saturday night when I visited & it was half full but there was still plenty of good humoured Northern banter.

Neural decoration there’s wallpaper on the ceiling & old fashioned carpet on the floor. The back room where the pool table is located has a couple of comfy leather sofa’s and a television.

Superb place that is well worth the walk from town.
lezford - 1 Sep 2015 13:35
An interesting little place that can easily be missed, as it seems to be in the same building as the much larger Ferret pub.

This was the place where I finally managed to find a dark beer available. There were 6 or 7 real ales available, but 4 were from the Rat brewery, as apparently they had just had a “meet the brewer” evening. Small sample jars showed the colour of the ales, and thus I was able to have Queen Rat. This was said to be a stout, but didn’t taste much like one to me.

They were also doing tastings of malt and hops. Very interesting, but I made the mistake of having the latter first !

This place is big on music, with many gigs advertised, and pictures of musicians on the walls. [ Having said that, I can’t remember if piped music was actually being played – probably not. Likewise I don’t think food was available.

7/10 – I will be back – if I ever visit Preston again.

Martinsh - 18 Mar 2015 22:52
Now named Ale Emporium. Now 8 real ales and extended opening times.

Still well worth the effort.
vicpark - 9 Jan 2015 19:01

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