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Old Market House, Brixham

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Blackthorn _ left this review about Old Market House

Located in a prime position overlooking the harbour, this occupies a very prominent spot and looks quite contemporary with it’s glass edged balcony although it does appear to be an old building that has been repurposed rather than a new build. Further outdoor seating is available on the quayside and this was full to capacity on our recent bank holiday weekend visit.

Internally it’s quite rustic in appearance with sanded wooden boards on the floor, rough white painted stonework on the walls and old wooden beams on the ceiling, although these have been supplemented with some much more modern steel joists. Elsewhere was slate style tiling on the floor and wooden cladding on the walls. Seating was a mixture of regular tables and chairs along with several Chesterfield sofas, lighting was industrial in style and there were a number of old black and white photographs dotted around the walls. A free-standing wood burning stove was off to one side. There was also an upstairs room which I believe may be used more as a restaurant, although we did not investigate this.

Beers on tap were all from St Austell’s, with their Tribute, Anthem and Proper Job. Ciders meanwhile were Thatcher’s Gold and Cornish Rattler. Overall, whilst the outside seating and location is the main draw here, the pub itself seemed decent enough even if it was a bit more barn like as opposed to the small and cosy ones that I would normally choose.

On 11th April 2023 - rating: 7
[User has posted 1936 recommendations about 1850 pubs]

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Ale Monster left this review about Old Market House

This pub is an old stone building which was used for sorting and storing fish caught by the Brixham trawler fleet, it was built in 1799, is grade II listed and was converted and opened by St Austell brewery a couple of years ago. The interior is one long, narrow room, there is a small dark wood and riveted iron counter with a white tiled bar back opposite the main entrance, between the door and the bar counter the floor is stone and there are high tables and chairs. The left of the room is a seating area that has a bare wood floor with two dark brown leather sofas either side of a real log burning cast iron stove in the middle of the front wall. There is a lower level down a couple of steps at the far left end of the room which has two light brown leather booths which flank double doors in the far left external wall. The walls are mainly rough stone painted white, but the right hand side of the room has log cabin style walls where the toilets have been located. There are a couple of RSJ's and some reclaimed timber beams across the ceiling and in the middle of the back wall is a wood frame stair case which leads up to a restaurant area with the open kitchen servery at the far right of the building and a long balcony with glass panels across the entire front of the building with modern steel tables and chairs providing an interesting view out over the replica of Drakes Golden Hind in the harbour.

Regular ales are currently St Austell Tribute and Dartmoor Best. I tried both and found them to be in good condition. Bit daft that you can get a better selection of St Austell beers in other
pubs that are not owned by the brewery, it’s almost as if they don’t think much of their own beers!

A decent mix of drinking areas on the ground floor and a dedicated eating area on the first floor. The public bar area is fairly pleasant with some interesting features and tasteful modern furnishings. It hasn’t got much genuine character but it’s clean, tidy and conveniently placed for tourists. Beer selection is a bit run of the mill but tasted good, I would pop in for one if in the area again.

On 22nd June 2013 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Blackthorn _
Torquay, 5.69 miles, 44 min walk (show)
Torre, 6.3 miles, 56 min walk (show)
Paignton, 4.37 miles, 1 hr 23 min walk (show)
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11th Apr 2023, 13:25
Review submitted by Blackthorn _
8th Apr 2023, 17:01
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 11 April 2023 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Patio. - last updated 11 April 2023 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 11 April 2023 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 11 April 2023 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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