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Guild Ale House (Free House)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Deeply Vale - DV8Exceptional1
Bridgehouse - Pale BanditExcellent1
Doghouse (Lancs) - UPAExcellent1
Fell - Robust PorterExcellent1
Otley - O1 OriginalExcellent1
Pomona Island - DDH Pale MosaicExcellent1
Bingley - Goldy Locks BlondeExcellent1
Great Heck - CitraExcellent1
Stamps - AhtanumExcellent1
Three Friends - Bad Uncle BarryGood1
Rivington - Sunset StripGood1
Three B's - Bobbin's BitterGood1
Black Storm - IPAGood1
Borough (Lancaster) - IPAAcceptable1
Lancaster - BlackNot Tried0
Mallinsons - EllaNot Tried0
Malvern Hills - Black PearNot Tried0
York (now brewed by and at Black Sheep) - Freja's TippleNot Tried0
Three B's - DoffcockerNot Tried0
Phoenix - Pale MoonlightNot Tried0
Three B's - Knocker Up PorterNot Tried0
Salcombe (formerly Quercus Devon) - GoldNot Tried0
Adnams - LighthouseNot Tried0
Small World Beers - Harvest MuseNot Tried0
Malvern Hills - TrevorNot Tried0
Great Heck - NEPANot Tried0
Dark Star - Espresso StoutNot Tried0
Great Heck - ChopperNot Tried0
Pennine Brewing (Bedale) - Pennine Way JubileeNot Tried0
Milestone - Pekko Cask BeerNot Tried0
Wishbone - CitrabractNot Tried0
Saltaire - Decennium PaleNot Tried0
Bank Top - Lions Double GoldNot Tried0
Elland - Summer BreezeNot Tried0
Distant Hills (was Howard Town) - Mill TownNot Tried0
Picture 1. Guild Ale House, Preston, Lancashire
Picture 2. Guild Ale House, Preston, Lancashire
Picture 3. Guild Ale House, Preston, Lancashire
Jason Jones

Visits Details

10 Oct 2019 (ChrisE)
Thursday afternoon, I asked for directions to any Chinese Restaurant. That got the regulars confused and flummoxed (if that is a word), basically there is an acute shortage of them in this town. Top up given when requested.
Deeply Vale - DV84.80ExceptionalVery moreish.
Phoenix - Pale Moonlight4.20Not Tried
Salcombe (formerly Quercus Devon) - Gold4.20Not Tried
Small World Beers - Harvest Muse4.00Not Tried
Great Heck - NEPA4.50Not TriedDescribed as unfined and hazy on the pump clip.
05 Nov 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Late afternoon into early evening. I have the back room to myself, whilst overhearing a succession of communal conversations from the front bar. My conclusion is that the regulars, present and absent, seem to suffer from a wide variety of ailments and medical conditions.
Great Heck - Citra4.50ExcellentCould justifiably be called Great Citra for short.
Doghouse (Lancs) - UPA4.00ExcellentVery pale. A crisp and hoppy APA.
Black Storm - IPA5.50GoodGolden and clear. A smooth and mellow IPA.
Three Friends - Bad Uncle Barry4.20GoodGolden and served with a very creamy head. It is a well-hopped IPA with a very bitter finish.
Distant Hills (was Howard Town) - Mill Town3.50Not Tried
Lancaster - Black4.50Not Tried
Mallinsons - Ella3.90Not Tried
03 Nov 2018 (Stephen Harris)
A brief lunchtime visit, where we caught up with more friends before setting off to AFC Fylde to watch football. It was not my round and I did not approach the bar, so have no beer list.
Pomona Island - DDH Pale Mosaic4.20ExcellentA first class, fruity Pale Ale.
York (now brewed by and at Black Sheep) - Freja's Tipple4.00Not Tried
03 Jun 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Mid to late-evening. Quite a crowd of beer-seekers gathered here – the local CAMRA Branch I half suspect. I retreat into the back room.
Bridgehouse - Pale Bandit4.20ExcellentAccording to the pumpclip, this beer has a ‘light pallet’. Far from woody, it was in fact a pale gold beer with good body for its strength and a subtle citrus character.
Fell - Robust Porter4.80ExcellentA rich, dark brown porter with roasted malt character.
Rivington - Sunset Strip4.20GoodCloudy (unfined) gold. A bit yeasty. Peaches.
Borough (Lancaster) - IPA4.50AcceptableGolden and clear. Very bitter malt and bitter hops too.
Saltaire - Decennium Pale4.60Not Tried
Bank Top - Lions Double Gold4.00Not Tried
Elland - Summer Breeze4.60Not Tried
07 May 2017 (Stephen Harris)
A very pleasant little pub located in a former charity shop in the town centre. An oasis of calm, surrounded by pubs that seem to specialise in Sunday night karaoke. I stayed almost until closing time.
Bingley - Goldy Locks Blonde4.00ExcellentHighly drinkable Golden Ale.
Stamps - Ahtanum3.80ExcellentGolden in colour. A very decent single-hop beer.
Dark Star - Espresso Stout4.20Not Tried
Great Heck - Chopper3.80Not Tried
Pennine Brewing (Bedale) - Pennine Way Jubilee3.90Not Tried
Milestone - Pekko Cask Beer3.90Not Tried
Wishbone - Citrabract4.50Not Tried
09 Dec 2016 (ChrisE)
Described elsewhere as a micropub, I would describe it as an ale house but definitely not a micropub. There are no spirits sold here but it has considerable number of keg fonts, two separate drinking areas downstairs and a fair sized room upstairs, it also has a fruit machine which is something I do not associate with micropubs. It is however a very good pub located in premises that were previously used for some other purpose. A good place to enjoy a pint, I took some time to look at pictures on the walls and browse through a book of old Preston. I have not listed all the beers on offer as Jason has already done this.
Otley - O1 Original4.00Excellent
09 Dec 2016 (Magnus Greel)
Lunchtime visit we were the only customers until a couple of pub tickers arrived soon after. Spacious open feel with a small pub sized bar.
Three B's - Bobbin's Bitter3.80GoodBittersweet with a hint of honey
Malvern Hills - Black Pear4.40Not Tried
Three B's - Doffcocker4.50Not Tried
Three B's - Knocker Up Porter4.80Not Tried
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Not Tried
Otley - O1 Original4.00Not Tried
Malvern Hills - Trevor4.60Not Tried

About the Guild Ale House

The pub sign. Guild Ale House, Preston, Lancashire

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Preston, Lancashire, PR1 1DD.

In Lancaster Road a pub fashioned on the micropub style which opened on 29th February 2016. Rather large for the genre and has 7 handpumps. There are small front and rear rooms plus an upstairs lounge.

We have visited this pub 7 times, seen 34 different beers and tried 13 of them.

Map location

Postcode: PR1 1DD