These Preston pubs made the CAMRA Good Beer Guide

Posted on - 25th September, 2017 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Bamber Bridge, Broadgate, Food & Drink, Grimsargh, Lostock Hall, Penwortham, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Pubs, Walton-le-Dale
The Continental in South Meadow Lane Pic: Paul Melling
The Continental in South Meadow Lane Pic: Paul Melling

There’s a number of Preston and surrounding area pubs which have made this year’s Good Beer Guide.


CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) has released its annual guide book and there’s some familiar names for Preston pubgoers.

Six Preston pubs make the guide starting with the Continental in South Meadow Lane.

Praised by CAMRA for the house ale Marble and on the banks of the River Ribble it has one of the best beer gardens in Preston.

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It’s twice won the CAMRA pub of the year for Lancashire.

Guild Ale House is also top-rated, having opened in February last year it’s already got a strong reputation.

View of the bar from above
View of the bar from above

In Lancaster Road, just down from the Guild Hall, it has a constantly revolving cast of seven guest ales.

The Moorbrook, in North Road, reopened a few years ago under new ownership and has a place in CAMRA history. More than 40 years ago the West Lancs branch of CAMRA was formed here.

12 guests beers on tap plus a house ale. It’s a popular spot when Preston North End are playing at home. And does top pizzas!

Old Vic in Fishergate is down near the railway station and is always busy with passing fare.

Seven ales are on tap and you can get real ale carry-outs and third-of-a-pint taster paddles.

Tucked away in the Plungington area is the Princess Alice.

In Cambridge Walk the pub, a Victorian street-corner local, had a cooler installed to serve the real ale at the correct temperature. Three changing guest ales on tap.

The Wheatsheaf pub in Ashton Pic: Brian Young
The Wheatsheaf pub in Ashton Pic: Brian Young

The Wheatsheaf in Ashton-on-Ribble is the sixth Preston pub on the list.

In Water Lane the pub has five changing ales on along with the house ale from Moorhouse’s.

In recent years the pub has been hosting two beer festivals a year.

Heading out of Preston and into South Ribble and the Withy Arms in Bamber Bridge makes the list.

Two house beers are brewed under contract at the pub in Station Road.

It has three changing beers and a Ribble WA Bitter on as a house ale.

Out into the countryside and Haighton Manor is a new-comer to the list in Haighton Green Lane.

Interior Haighton Manor

The large former wedding venue has a big bar and four changing ales on. Walkers and dogs are welcome.

One that many Prestonians know for a good pint and some food is the Dolphin Inn.

At the end of Marsh Lane it feels like a road to nowhere but four changing ales await you. Also home to the enormous dolphin burger.

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Lostock Hall has a pub on the list, the Anchor in Croston Road.

Five beers are constantly changing and its a short walk from the Tardy Gate shopping area.

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Penwortham’s Black Bull Inn makes the list and is one of the oldest pubs in the area – dating back to the early 1800s.

The Black Bull in Penwortham
The Black Bull in Penwortham

The attractive-cottage style inn has three changing beers on and does a CAMRA discount.

Walton-le-Dale has a pub on the list too, the Whitle Bull in Victoria Road.

CAMRA rate it as a ‘true community local’ with a multi-room layout.

There’s three changing beers on rotation and regularly has Wainwright.

The CAMRA guide for 2018 is available now and more details are on the CAMRA website.

Where is your favourite place for a pint in Preston and the surrounding area? Let us know in the comments below

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