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Title: Preston Away
Post by: preston28 on September 28, 2016, 11:47:59 AM
This is  alocal game for me - firt time since I was 18!

Anyway 5600 are coming up - I assume some on here will be so i thought Id give you a beer guide for central Preston for those coming by train!

(There are few pubs around Deepdale which is a sh**hole area but I think there in one called the Sumners whuich I assume will be for home supporters)

Anyway the rail station is bang in the middle of Preston.  Deepedale is abvout a 15 minute walk or youy can walk up to the Bus station and get a number 6 or 9 bus (stand 16,17 and 21) that will take you to the ground in 10 minutes (1.60 single).

Anyway pubs (not exclusive):

Fishergate:

Old Vic (right opposite the station) - some decent local ales
12 Tellers (old Bank) - lots of standard beers plus guest ales and lager.
Yates -usual cheap fizzy stuff
 If you want cocktails!!! - Forum off Fishergate
Fishers - standard beers ands lagers plus food.
Friargate:

The Old Black Bull - excellent for small brewery beers
The Black Horse - again some good guest beers
Greyfriars - opposite the Old Black Bull. Chepa fizzy stuff and cheap food.

For food - usual Greggs up Fishergate, Pizza Express near Forum, MacDonalds on Friargate and of cours emost pubs will do some grub!!

I'll be in the 12 tellers from midday with my son (and a PNE supporting friend) supping Erdinger.

Enjoy and UTV!!

Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: amfy on September 28, 2016, 11:55:04 AM
Thanks - Have been to Deepdale many times but it is usually a straight drive there and back so we have very little local knowledge these days despite it being the other half's team. We are doing this one by train as a Villa away day with just Mr Amf in The Alan Kelly with his own kind so it'll be a very different trip.

Went to see Preston last night at Blues and I have to say the game was low on quality but high in effort. Neither side gave up until the final whistle blew, which could be very bad news for us in both of these upcoming games.
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: preston28 on September 28, 2016, 12:00:20 PM
Thanks - Have been to Deepdale many times but it is usually a straight drive there and back so we have very little local knowledge these days despite it being the other half's team. We are doing this one by train as a Villa away day with just Mr Amf in The Alan Kelly with his own kind so it'll be a very different trip.

Went to see Preston last night at Blues and I have to say the game was low on quality but high in effort. Neither side gave up until the final whistle blew, which could be very bad news for us in both of these upcoming games.

Excelllent. Just remember to leave the station and turn right not left!  Then you'll be on Fishergate!
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: Laurence on September 28, 2016, 12:47:13 PM
It's my local game too and I'm looking forward to it.  Will try to pop into the 12 Tellers to say hello after picking up Brummie friends from the station.

Re pubs, a couple to add for real ale fans:
Guild Ale House - 56 Lancaster Rd, Preston PR1 1DD.   Recently opened shop conversion with great real ale.  Decor a little bit loud.

Continental - South Meadow Lane, Preston PR1 8JP.   Great, albeit busy pub with a fine selection of real ale and nice food.  A little out from the center, but a nice walk from the centre of town via Chapel Street/Winckley square takes you down through Avenham Park (bear right).  The park walk is pleasant, overlooking the Ribble.  You may choose to walk the other way, left from the main station entrance but that's a little grotty. 
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: ASHTONVILLA on September 28, 2016, 12:47:32 PM
I live near Preston (just across the Ribble in Penwortham), and my in-laws and other half are PNE fans.

I was looking forwards to us drubbing them, and am taking two of my kids to their first Villa game on that basis.

Can't say I am feeling very confident at the moment, and will never hear the end of it if we get beaten.
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: preston28 on September 28, 2016, 12:55:45 PM
Blimey - Villa fans who live round the corner from me. I'm in new Longton!!
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: OzVilla on September 28, 2016, 01:00:11 PM
I live near Preston (just across the Ribble in Penwortham), and my in-laws and other half are PNE fans.

I was looking forwards to us drubbing them, and am taking two of my kids to their first Villa game on that basis.

Can't say I am feeling very confident at the moment, and will never hear the end of it if we get beaten.

I had my right toe smashed in once from a Yorker off their opening bowler at Penwortham. Needed an operation and everything. Not happy memories.
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: Risso on September 28, 2016, 01:18:28 PM
I used to work in Lostock Hall so know Preston very well.

Oh and if anybody hears of a spare for the game let me know as I'm minded to get the boat over for the day.
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: wittonwarrior on September 28, 2016, 01:41:09 PM
I only live in Bootle ha ha
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: Laurence on September 28, 2016, 01:55:29 PM
Ashton, I was considering taking my eldest son, who's just turned seven, but he's a little shy and I thought Villa away might be a bit too much! He's been to Villa Park once.  Hope your kids enjoy it.

In the light of the recent wellbeing survey casting South Ribble residents as some of the most unhappy in the country.  The Venn diagram of South Ribble based, Middle aged (certainly I am), Male and Villa supporting must give us three special dispensation for 24 hour suicide watch grants. 
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: preston28 on September 28, 2016, 02:25:31 PM
ha Ha . I saw that on the BBC website - we are the unhappiest peopel in the country. How many Villa fnas loiving here have skewed the data!

if you want my mobile number PM if your egoing to the 12 Tellers.

Risso - I can get you a ticket in the Preston stands or my sons friend works the gates at Deepdale - he may get you in for free??
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: Risso on September 28, 2016, 03:30:24 PM
ha Ha . I saw that on the BBC website - we are the unhappiest peopel in the country. How many Villa fnas loiving here have skewed the data!

if you want my mobile number PM if your egoing to the 12 Tellers.

Risso - I can get you a ticket in the Preston stands or my sons friend works the gates at Deepdale - he may get you in for free??

Cheers, ideally I'd have liked to be in with our lot if possible. Might try the ticket office for returns.
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: old man villa fan on September 28, 2016, 03:41:19 PM
The last time I went to Preston Willie Anderson scored.
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: Risso on September 28, 2016, 03:56:02 PM
Last time I went was Preston v Carlisle in the early 90s, which Carlisle fans considered to be a local derby, despite being 90 miles away. A Carlisle player got sent off, but then ran back onto the pitch a few minutes later to chin the player who'd got him sent off.
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: amfy on September 28, 2016, 04:07:21 PM
Carlisle still hate Preston, which amuses/bemuses Preston fans in a similar way to Coventry and Leicester's hatred of us.

Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: Mister E on September 28, 2016, 04:52:02 PM
I'm coming across from the Bright Side - Yorkshire - on my own so may get to one of these. Thx.
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: CT on September 28, 2016, 05:24:39 PM
I used to have a girlfriend from Preston - great days!

The nights out would involve a visit to the "Blue Moon" and then onto a club called "The Place". They're probably not there anymore. I loved the area and the people - always got a soft spot for PNE.

Not Saturday though obviously.
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: Meanwood Villa on September 28, 2016, 05:34:35 PM
Do any of the Preston locals know anywhere I can store luggage in the town centre?
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: preston28 on September 28, 2016, 07:39:21 PM
Do any of the Preston locals know anywhere I can store luggage in the town centre?

Sadly no. There is none at the rail station and i think they removed them at the bus station. There are none in the shopping centres either.

There is a premier inn - you could conatct them and ask if you can drop a bag there but I doubt they would without a reservation
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: SoccerHQ on September 28, 2016, 11:11:19 PM
It's a nice ground....I went with Walsall a few years back as they played on a Sunday for some reason so should make a racket with 5k as it's a steep stand from memory.

There's a few pubs up past the Wetherspoons, student area with the UCL so will meet a mate in Wigan and then get the train up for Midday and probably go there and then walk to the ground at 2.
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: Pnefan on September 29, 2016, 11:00:03 PM
Evening Villains,

Well it's been a while since we met in the league, or at all tbh so I'm extending my blue and white hand to any Villa fans in need of a good pint of ale and/or food before Saturday's game.

The Moorbrook on North Road (PR1 1NR) is by far Preston's finest pub and 10-15mins walk from the railway station and the same again to Deepdale (a good halfway point). A taxi from the station will cost you 5 and for those in a car/coach/minibus there is a huge car park to the rear courtesy of a recently closed B&Q at 1 for 12hrs.

With 7 cask pumps and 5 keg taps there is a wide and varied selection of real and craft ales from all over the UK and beyond including a house pale brewed by Blackjack Brewery. For non ale drinkers there is a specially brewed Belgium house pilsner, bottled German pilsners and wheat beers, Thatcher's Cider, Stella 4 and a range of wine and spirits. Think of it as Preston's version of The Craven Arms near New Street.

The current lineup includes ale from Hardknott, Blackjack, Wiper & True, Tiny Rebel, First Chop, Burton Bridge and Windswept breweries.

Food wise the landlord has recently installed a wood fired oven and from there serves homemade pizzas cooked to order before your very eyes. Pizzas are 5 or 7 with a pint of cask/pilsner. There are also crisps, nuts, scratchings and other snacks available from the bar.

If you want to check the place out yourselves go to @themoorbrook on Twitter or The Moorbrook on Facebook.

See you on Saturday.

PS try and avoid any police escorts or recommendations, you'll end up in some crappy chain and/or student pub.
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: oldhill_avfc on September 30, 2016, 08:04:18 AM
Thanks Mr Landlord! lol

To be fair it sounds very good.  See you Saturday.
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: PeterWithe on September 30, 2016, 08:13:37 AM
Evening Villains,

Well it's been a while since we met in the league, or at all tbh so I'm extending my blue and white hand to any Villa fans in need of a good pint of ale and/or food before Saturday's game.

The Moorbrook on North Road (PR1 1NR) is by far Preston's finest pub and 10-15mins walk from the railway station and the same again to Deepdale (a good halfway point). A taxi from the station will cost you 5 and for those in a car/coach/minibus there is a huge car park to the rear courtesy of a recently closed B&Q at 1 for 12hrs.

With 7 cask pumps and 5 keg taps there is a wide and varied selection of real and craft ales from all over the UK and beyond including a house pale brewed by Blackjack Brewery. For non ale drinkers there is a specially brewed Belgium house pilsner, bottled German pilsners and wheat beers, Thatcher's Cider, Stella 4 and a range of wine and spirits. Think of it as Preston's version of The Craven Arms near New Street.

The current lineup includes ale from Hardknott, Blackjack, Wiper & True, Tiny Rebel, First Chop, Burton Bridge and Windswept breweries.

Food wise the landlord has recently installed a wood fired oven and from there serves homemade pizzas cooked to order before your very eyes. Pizzas are 5 or 7 with a pint of cask/pilsner. There are also crisps, nuts, scratchings and other snacks available from the bar.

If you want to check the place out yourselves go to @themoorbrook on Twitter or The Moorbrook on Facebook.

See you on Saturday.

PS try and avoid any police escorts or recommendations, you'll end up in some crappy chain and/or student pub.

Ta, that's just the ticket is that.
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: Pnefan on September 30, 2016, 08:31:01 AM
Thanks Mr Landlord! lol

To be fair it sounds very good.  See you Saturday.

Ha ha! Now THAT would be dangerous if I was the landlord. 'Sir, you don't seemed to have made any money this month and you always seem a tad inebriated'!

I love the place (as you can guess) and it's a great atmosphere before and after the game when fans are mixing and disucssing footy, history, ale etc.

Hope to see you there.
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: Pnefan on September 30, 2016, 09:05:59 AM

Ta, that's just the ticket is that.

No problem. Hope to see you in there. Will be proping up the bar wearing a 'BAXI' sponsored North End shirt.
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: Laurence on September 30, 2016, 09:21:07 AM
Thanks PNEfan, I live in Longton and didn't know about the Moorbrook. Enjoy the game!
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: preston28 on September 30, 2016, 09:29:44 AM
Thanks PNEfan, I live in Longton and didn't know about the Moorbrook. Enjoy the game!

Me neither and I live in new Longton!  I think I will pop in on the way to the ground!
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: Pnefan on September 30, 2016, 09:58:27 AM
Thanks PNEfan, I live in Longton and didn't know about the Moorbrook. Enjoy the game!

Me neither and I live in new Longton!  I think I will pop in on the way to the ground!

I'm a Longtonian originally but now live in Deepdale. In the 15 'drinking' years I lived in Longton I never really called any of the village's 5 pubs my 'local' but within a week of The Moorbrook reopening (it's been there for years but fell apart under the prev landlord and was rescued from becoming flats by The Conti/Ferret family) I felt right at home there.

My dad meets his fellow retired colleagues in the Black Bull every week. After visiting the Moorbrook he started pestering the Black Bull landlord about serving more than one ale :D (he's yet to be successful)
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: adamski villa on September 30, 2016, 11:48:41 AM
I used to work in Lostock Hall so know Preston very well.

Oh and if anybody hears of a spare for the game let me know as I'm minded to get the boat over for the day.

someone has a spare on facebook
Christopher Baker‎
to
 Avfc : Live From The Stands
8 mins

Spare ticket for Preston tomorrow 20 if anybody is interested inbox me UTV, a closed group but they take new members
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: Laurence on September 30, 2016, 03:24:56 PM
PNE Fan, as you might imagine me being a Villa fan, I'm originally from the Midlands (Solihull), I've lived in Longton for three years, but have been up north for twenty years, living around north Bolton.  Anyhow, the pubs in Longton are utter gash, there is not one single redeeming feature.  Nothing fills me with dread more than a night out in Longton, not that is not perfectly pleasant, but they pubs are so soulless.  The Moorbrook sounds great, read some online reviews too, I will make a point of checking it out, whether I can drag my brummie mates there or not tomorrow is another story (-:   Thanks again.
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: SoccerHQ on September 30, 2016, 03:31:09 PM
Everytime you boys mention Longton I keep thinking you're on about the one in Stoke on Trent!

Dated a girl from round there a while ago you see...the Preston version sounds just as depressing.
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: adamski villa on September 30, 2016, 03:49:16 PM
PNE Fan, as you might imagine me being a Villa fan, I'm originally from the Midlands (Solihull), I've lived in Longton for three years, but have been up north for twenty years, living around north Bolton.  Anyhow, the pubs in Longton are utter gash, there is not one single redeeming feature.  Nothing fills me with dread more than a night out in Longton, not that is not perfectly pleasant, but they pubs are so soulless.  The Moorbrook sounds great, read some online reviews too, I will make a point of checking it out, whether I can drag my brummie mates there or not tomorrow is another story (-:   Thanks again.
Really surprised by that, but then again i have the pubs in Penwortham to live with. Have always liked the Rams Head and the Red Lion in Longton on a friday/saturday night
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: Laurence on September 30, 2016, 04:50:48 PM
Bloody hell Soccer HQ, Longton in Preston is quite nice, it must be I live there (-:   

Adamski,  I'm just a grumpy old git, My standards are too high! (-; 
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: preston28 on September 30, 2016, 08:16:36 PM
It seems there are a few Villans in the Preston area. I see a beery session being organised?!!
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: Gregorys Boy on September 30, 2016, 11:59:44 PM
And I live in Morecambe right now so I'm another northen Villain going to the game tomorrow.  It should be a great atmosphere and its the first time me and my Mum have been to a game together since Palace away in December 2014 so am hopeing for a decent performance and the required win :)
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: Pnefan on October 01, 2016, 10:31:43 AM
PNE Fan, as you might imagine me being a Villa fan, I'm originally from the Midlands (Solihull), I've lived in Longton for three years, but have been up north for twenty years, living around north Bolton.  Anyhow, the pubs in Longton are utter gash, there is not one single redeeming feature.  Nothing fills me with dread more than a night out in Longton, not that is not perfectly pleasant, but they pubs are so soulless.  The Moorbrook sounds great, read some online reviews too, I will make a point of checking it out, whether I can drag my brummie mates there or not tomorrow is another story (-:   Thanks again.

Unfortunately Laurence all I can do is agree.

I've never been massively taken by any of the Longton pubs with maybe the exception of The Dolphin but that is hardly a place you can just pop too for a pint. The food in The Rams, like the Dolphin, is good and the portions humungus but as a result it is 90% food focused and the ale is bland. The Golden Ball, which I've always considered very expensive (even when my sister worked there) and souless has now been bought by the Rams/Dolphin family and so is likely to go the same way (only with a rumoured Tapas angle). The Red Lion is very 'local' and can be a bit edgy at times but do have some good bands on at time whilst The Black Bull, well there really isn't anything I can say that is good or bad about it, bar maybe the interesting photos of Longton/Preston past on the walls. It has recently gone through a massive refurb but dad says the only thing that has changed is the decor.

I have said on numerous times that if someone could turn one of the pubs into a cask/craft focused establishment, or open a microbar in one of the shop units opp the church, they would make a fortune because the ale scene in Longton is dull at best and there are a lot of people living there with money to spend. There is good reason why only The Dolphin made it into Camra's 2017 Good Beer Guide as the four other pubs have served the same 7 ales (RH - Wainwrights/Bombardier, BB - Copper Dragon Best, RL - Greene King IPA/Theakstons Best, GB - Doombar/Dizzy Blonde) for the last two/three years. :(

Penwortham unfortunately suffers from the same afflication though I'm told Wetherspoon's are looking at the old Booths/Natwest Bank buildings as a possible site for their second South Ribble venture.

Anyhow, see you all in The Moorbrook. Gone for a 1996/8 'BAXI' home shirt with blue sleeves and collar. Not particularly gifted when it comes to a good set of hair!  ::)
Title: Re: Preston Away
Post by: Laurence on October 02, 2016, 07:42:43 PM
Hi PNEfan, sounds like we are of the same mind!  Interesting about the Wetherspoons news, I hadn't heard that. Sorry I didn't see this message yesterday, as I would heva said hello.  I was in the Moorbank though, in the first alcove on the left.   Great recommendation, we all enjoyed the atmosphere, food and beer.   Actually, while on the pitch we are beyond crap I actually had a really good day out, catching up with old friends.  Thanks again and good luck to PNE for the rest of the season.  Now of to convince my young lads to support the Villa, cough.