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Market Cross Pub & Brewery

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Market Cross Pub & BreweryMarket Cross Pub & Brewery
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Place Score: 91
Ratings: 55
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.05
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113 North Hanover Street
Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 17013
United States
phone: (717) 258-1234

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Market Cross is an enchanting english style pub in historic downtown Carlisle, Pa. The first thing you notice when you enter is the strategically placed beercooler filled with enough imports, micros and craft beers to get you drooling. There are food pairing and beer recommendations as well as style descriptions in the menu. The staff is friendly, knowlegable and offers prompt service even when the bar is full. The food is splendid and fits any mood or budget.

The interior is very well decorated and possesses great character. Suits of arms and old-style handpainted beer signs and tins adorn the walls as well as many large brewery mirrors and tap handles. The bar is comfortable with booths located directly behind it. There is a whole separate section of seating for parties and groups as well as non-smoking.

The menu has a good deal of variety with enough selection for any imagination or appetite. You can choose from traditional english fare like Bangers and mash or Fish and chips or choose from one of many daily specials or freshly made soups. The Mussels steamed in beer are a personal favorite, although the English style Buffalo burgers are phenomenal with roasted onions and English stilton.

The beer menu is the main attraction with hundreds of selections in bottles and about a dozen drafts including English style ales brewed on premises. The selection is great covering most of the world with everything from Argentina to Vietnam available to taste. The option of mixing beers is available like Black n Berry which is a mixture of Framboise and Guiness or the house made IPA -Old Yeller mixed with Guiness called a Yellow Jacket. You can join the world tour tasting club by getting a Passport to keep track of your beer travels. The idea is to taste a variety of ales and lagers while experiencing differences in style and quality from around the globe. American Micros and Craft ales and and ciders are all well represented on the beer menu. The draft and bottle selection is regularly updated with seasonals so you won't get bored if you decide to become a regular.

They have darts, large screen tv's, cask ales, video gaming and a nice digital jukebox for other pub distractions. It is consistently a quality pub to relax and forget the days worries, enjoy quality food and beverage and meet new friends.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Full disclosure, this pub is in my hometown. But I'm greatful this jem is here. Laid back atmosphere, about twenty rotating beers on tap, including decent home made brews, plus huge bottle selection from all over the world. Annual round the world booklet. I would recommend for drinks or casual dinner. Traditional pub food, my favorite is Duke of Devonshire (sliced turkey with brie on french baguette). Several TVs with sports, live music, trivia night, there is always something going on. Can get crowded at times. Check out this Carlisle landmark.

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Was at the classic car show over the weekend and decided to eat lunch at this place, it was very good and had a huge list of great beers to choose from, my chicken cheese steak and fries was delicious!

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jhartley
4/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went here for a belated birthday late lunch/early dinner with the family and a good friend. They have a huge selection of beers on tap, ciders, quite a few of their own and a rotating cask beer every month. I had their Dublin Your Luck Irish Dry Stout on cask which was very well made.
There was only one waitress on duty and she was pretty busy.
The food was good and once we placed our orders it didn't take too long for it to come out. My friend and I wanted to hang out at the bar and have a few more of the brewpubs own beers, but time did not allow for that.
Typical bar food and decent prices; a lot of sandwiches and a fairly large entree menu as well.
Definitely going back when we have more time. Carlisle is also a great town to walk around and check out the stores and shops.

Photo of beer2day
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Located on the main drag down the middle of Carlisle. Pretty easy to find and on-street parking was plentiful on our Friday night visit.

Multi-room setup with decent sized bar area. Disappointed in the number of house beers (2), but had quite a few guest taps going.

Food was a little lower in quality than anticipated. Good soup, but my wife's salad was disappointing. In all fairness, though, probably not the place to worry about a salad. Food came out quick and was appropriate for the price.

Service was attentive and cheerful. Can't ask for too much more.

Overall, glad we stopped and would probably go again if in the area.

Photo of cps98
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great place to grab a bite and brew. Really good bottle list. They used to have pint night every other tuesday where you bought the pint and kept the glass. If you plan on visiting more than once start a beer passport. You have to drink a set amount of beers usually around 100 over the course of the year. They break up their whole bottle list by country and you try to drink one per country. Great place to try a bunch of different stuff. The food was always really good normal pub fare. The crab dip is to die for! The prices always seem very reasonable. I would suggest this place to anyone traveling through the area.

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3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

This a nice spot for Carlisle. You walk in and it is dark with lots old world style charm. Lots dark wood and long bar on the right. It is kinda tight inside. They brew some of there own beer which is cool and decent. The bottles list is very good. They have a large variety and showcase lots of pa beers . I did not try any food, so I can not comment on that. One thing I did not like was the cramped factor. This came into play when folks came in for sixers. All of the bottles are stored up front and behind the bar. There is a large window right by the bottles. I would hate to see all those nice bottles be sun burned. Overall cool place

Photo of DIM
4.05/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place is much bigger inside than I would have guessed from the outside. Low lighting and lots of "clutter" on the walls make for a homey atmosphere. It was crowded for a thursday and it seemed like a very happy bunch of laocals. if I lived nearby I believe I would be here often.

The menu was a lot of standard pub offerings with other entree options. I was craving a burger though and the fried onion and Stilton burger hit the spot. They only had two of their own beers on, but the maibock I had was very good. They supplement their own brew with a few local offering plus BMC on-tap and a very extensive bottle selection. I only glanced at the bottle list, but the prices struck me as being lower than I've seen elsewhere. Our server was friendly and attentive. Overall I really don't have anything bad to say about this place. I'm very much looking forward to a return visit.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place is nestled among the shop fronts on a picturesque street in Carlisle, & is unassuming enough that you might pass it by (as I almost did). Once inside, I was hit immediately with the the dim, brown, cozy Anglo atmosphere that just feels so homey inside, despite it being a bright, clear afternoon outside. Not a big place, & close enough that you can overhear others' conversations. Nice, neighborly vibe - the only minus here was the TV, which I'd like to see eliminated from pubs.

I was a little bummed to hear that they only had one house beer on tap - apparently it was a busy weekend - but the porter was good stuff, with a very British character to it, toffee, a little mineral, & nice & roasty. They've got a solid tap line-up, if not necessarily huge. Plenty of tasty bottles to be found, as well. And the imperial pint is a welcome sight, to be sure.

Nice menu, with plenty of British pub & dinner fare. Loved seeing several dishes with crab, which I can't resist. The tomato basil bisque was great. There were a few other entrees I'd be interested to try over future visits. The side of chips (by which I mean American potato chips) was a little lacking, but whatever - he open-faced crab & swiss sandwich more than made up for it.

Our server was nice enough. Prices are decent, the non-house beer was maybe a little on the pricy side, but I had to remember I was paying for a little more volume, too, so no big deal.

Definitely a place I'd stop again, as I'd love to try more of the house selection. I've heard it gets pretty crowded on weekend nights, which sounds both fun & maddening. The goal here reminds me of The Old Toad in Rochester - a pub with an old world character that's all about beer & community.

Photo of pburland23
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I spent much of my undergraduate career at the Market Cross Pub located in downtown Carlisle, PA. The Pub features typical pub food and the largest beer selection in the area.

There are about a dozen taps and they usually reserved for pretty basic brews (Yuengling, Guinness, Harp). There is usually one beer on cask as well. Market Cross also brews a few of their own house brewed beers on tap.

The strength of the Market Cross's beer selection is their extensive bottle list which features around 170 different selections. The beer menus is broken down in sections. The international section features beers from Argentina to Vietnam and many stops in between (with Belgium, the UK, and Germany comprimising the largest group). The Pub also features many Pennsylvania breweries (Sly Fox, Troegs, Victory, Weyerbacher and the nearby Appalachian Brewing Company). The rest of the beer menu isn't going to blow anyone away (Bell's, Dogfish Head, Stone, Ommegang, etc.) but it is definitely the best selection in town.

The food is standard but good. Sandwiches and pub favorites such as shephard's pie and fish and chips dominate the menu.

Service is also friendly, but often hurried particulary during big weekend at the nearby college.

All in all, the Market Cross pub is a solid beer lovers destination in central Pennsylvania. I stop in for a meal and a pint every time through Carlisle. You should too.

Photo of THECPJ
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Our love affair with this place began a long time ago. And now that we live in DE we always make it a point to stop in anytime we are back in town. My husband did the world beer tour in 2004 and we had our wedding rehersal dinner in King Arthur's Court in 2005. The atmosphere is typical of a pub with dim lights and the normal pub decor. we find this a great place to go relax and put back a few pints, either just the 2 of us, or with a group of friends. The food has always been good, a mix of pub-grub and english fare. There is always something good to eat and drink at this place. The wait staff and bartenders are kind and attentive. Even though we are from "out of town" they don't forget where we came from and treat us like locals.

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Market Cross Pub & Brewery in Carlisle, PA
91 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.