These are the top real ale pubs in Preston as rated by CAMRA

Posted on - 13th September, 2018 - 11:33am | Author - | Posted in - Food & Drink, Penwortham, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Pubs, What's On in Preston
The festival will be held at the arts space at the Continental Pic: Paul Melling
The New Continental Pic: Paul Melling

A number of Preston pubs will be raising a pint above the bar in celebration during Thursday evening.


The Campaign for Real Ale’s Good Beer Guide has listed the city, and South Ribble’s top pubs for getting a pint in.

Haighton Manor, which has a strong gastropub reputation, retains its place for the Brunning and Price chain.

There’s six changing ales on there and it has been voted the local CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year for its selection.

A staple of the city’s ale scene for decades, The Black Horse is no surprise to see it back in the list.

Grade-II listed, famous for its three different exits onto different streets, and four beers on.

The Continental also keeps its place, as it marks 10 years in the city, and has six changing beers in South Meadow Lane.

Read more: The Market Tavern to become the Market Tap

A fast-growing reputation since launching in 2016 the Guild Ale House in Lancaster Road has seven regularly changing beers.

Now called Mad Hatters in Fylde Road, formerly Bittersuite and then Ale Emporium, has ten guest beers and retains its place too.

The Moorbrook Pic: Man With Red Eyes
The Moorbrook Pic: Man With Red Eyes

The Moorbrook has a strong reputation and is where the West Lancs CAMRA branch was formed in 1973.

The Old Vic, near the railway station, is also back in and in Fishergate. There’s six changing beers while waiting for your train and then doing a quick dash.

Plungington Hotel, which is part of the Meat and Drink group who run the Conti and others, has been growing its reputation for ales and makes the list.

And tucked away in the Plungington area is also the Princess Alice in Cambridge Walk is in the list.

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Wetherspoons also makes the list with the Twelve Tellers, the former TSB, having an extensive and ever-changing ale selection. It’s in Church Street.

The Wellington, down Glovers Court, is a pre-night out in the city institution and has recently had a refurb.

Over in Ashton and the Wheatsheaf at the corner of Water Lane is on the list, with five guest ales on normally.

Just one Penwortham pub makes the list, Black Bull Inn on Pope Lane. Dating back to the 1800s it has a top beer garden and atmosphere.

Down in Walton-le-Dale and the White Bull in Victoria Road has bagged a place, listed as a place for a ‘cosy’ pint.

Further afield

In Garstang, the Crown has made the list. Based in the High Street they had a revamp in 2017 and have Thwaites original and Wainwright on.

For Leyland, there’s the Gables in Hough Lane with three change ales on and the Golden Tap Ale House in Chapel Brow has a growing reputation since opening in 2016.

The Leyland Lion makes the list and the converted post office is a Wetherspoons. The Market Ale House, run by the same people as Plug and Taps, it has six ales on changed regularly and normally locally sourced.

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For Longridge you’ve got two choices, Hoppy Days in Derby Road has fice changing beers on and a ‘warm and friendly welcome’. Tap and Vent also makes the list, opened in 2016 it was the first micro pub in Longridge.

Everyone knows it for the massive burgers, but the Dolphin at Longton in Marsh Lane has also made the list. An ‘isolated’ pub according to the guide, but worth a trip for four pints of the changing ales.

Lostock Hall’s The Anchor gets into the list, and its roast dinner gets a mention as well.

You can browse the whole selection of top ale pubs in this year’s Good Beer Guide available to buy from the CAMRA website.

Any of these your favourite for a pint? Where did they miss? Let us know in the comments below

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