Market Cross Pub & Brewery

Market Cross Pub & BreweryMarket Cross Pub & Brewery
Market Cross Pub & BreweryMarket Cross Pub & Brewery
Brewery, Eatery

113 North Hanover Street
Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 17013
United States

(717) 258-1234 | map

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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 63
Photo of Gavage
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Got a recommendation from local hotel registration desk to eat here, and he told me to show my room key for additional 10% discount. Drove into town, and after finding some street parking headed into this dark British styled pub. Sat at a table since the bar was packed with a bunch of locals who seemed to be enjoying themselves. Plenty of TVS and some decent rock music playing too.

There were 5 house beers and 12 guests beers on draft. The house beers were OK, as I had the Lionheart Lager, Blue Mountain Maibock, and Ole Nessie Scotch Ale. The food was surprisingly good and so was dessert. Service was really on top of things despite the large crowd.

This was a hidden gem in the area and definitely worthy for a great meal and some beers.

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Photo of tone77
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I stopped in here on a recent visit to Carlisle on a Monday evening, and was happy that it was open, as half of this town is closed on Mondays. I arrived around 8:30 and there was a pretty good crowd on hand. There seemed to be a trivia game going on. The place had a British vibe to it, a bit cluttered and somewhat high levels of noise. There were 5 house brews on tap, and a couple of dozen other craft beers, as well as many cans and bottles. Service was pretty good, the fish and chips were damn tasty, and prices not to bad. Overall, if I'm in Carlisle again, I'll likely be stopping in.

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Photo of Bonnfire
5/5  rDev +23.8%

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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Photo of Echoesofanera
5/5  rDev +23.8%

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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Photo of jhartley
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of beer2day
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of cps98
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Photo of canjeeps
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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

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Photo of DIM
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of pburland23
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Photo of slander
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Way, way, like absurdly western Maryland; damn panhandle. This, the 2nd week of 6 to 8 to surely become more weeks, months, I don't know what but I know what. A whole lot of time on the road (again), but it lets me sampler and din in as I pass through and fro and sometimes the long way around. Breaks up the ride some but I seem to lose the day...

Meanwhile in collegetown Carlisle, on the strip of look left & right again, did I pass it? Oh, no, wait, there, okay. Oooh, it's a doublewide, fancy; 2 storefronts side by side connected to the rear. Took a minute for my eyes to adjust and fell seated to the bar; wood with a black laminate top and a lip, straight, seating about 14 the length. Taps everywhere, nearly a dozen and a half in all. A tower of 10 on the bar, a pair of towers of 2 each along side, and then 3 single handles on the barback fed by ½ barrels and sixtels just sitting there below, not really so sightly. They oughts to expand the lot up front and remove the ones from behind the bar. Also, a lone handpump on my end sometimes in use.

And the barback is otherwise a hornet's nest of clutter; stacked glassware, sampling glass racks, ½ yard glasses, growlers, a tap board list, little corner shelves w/figurines, a bobby hat, glasses, flags, steins, copper mugs, signage, bar towels, and random & new arrival bottles displayed on the end for all to see. They've got beer bongs tucked in there with the ½ yard glasses; they're somewhat hidden but not well enough; someone might spot one and want to use it. Guest pint glasses line the trim above the bar. Drop spots & large white Xmas lighting, with smaller holiday lighting strung wrapped around sprawling viney bramble. Rack of glass mugs above the bar for ease of grab. TV's in the corners and a large flatscreen to the rear. White walls over wood slat lowers mirrored, brick red tile floorings, low black drop ceilings with fans o' spin. Large windows up front with the blinds drawn, this place is very low lit. Framed awards, pics of Army school, lots of brewery signage, mirrors, pieces, prints, pics, and lengths of tap handles displayed here and there.

4 step up shorty booths adjacent to the bar, 9 tables in a room to the rear. Slight space in the front of the rear for a band set up tonight, some older folks doing some older music, they were quite good. 18 tables in the side room and a banquet room to the rear there. Wandered down the hallway, turned and turned again. Heard tunes and went out the back door and found a small detached brewery in a garage space there, with a 10 barrel system. Spoke to the guy. "Often", he said, "I'll have as many as 4 beers up", just not now.

First time up, I sampled the 2 house beers on. Mid Summer Knights Wheat, an American Wheat, but served with a lemon anyway, kind of meh, and in a Weisse glass so a whole lot of meh, and the Market Cross Red, described as a mix of English & American Amber & Pale Ale, some light maltiness. A month later's return finds more beers up. The Pub Porter, some chocolatey malt presence, some roastiness; Bessie's Brown Ale, I'm going to say Englishy Brown, not the malt bomb I was hoping for. And on revisit revisited, now the addition of the cask IPA, which I'm drinking, a good citrusy hoppiness, excellent on cask. And then again, finally, the Impy Stout which was thinnish and just okay. The Porter & IPA were the best of the lot.

And always more than a dozen guest taps, a mix of good micros and mostly blah imports. And did I mention the bottled selections housed in a 3 door glass cooler up front? 6 dozen+ micros, roughly ½ of them from PA; another 90 imports, more than ½ of which are Belgian (including a $10 lovely Orval), UK & German, leaving the other 3 dozen or so to beers of the world (I feel well traveled just looking at the list); and a dozen and a half macros, maltos, ciders and N/A's. Probs upwards of 200 bottled selections in all. We seem to find ourselves drinking the bottled selections and not the house beers; Dan having found the Speed Racer 5 IPA, Werfel fixin' in on the DogFishHead Indian Brown and me, well, I jump around a bit.

Ordered a chicken & sausage tortilla soup and a grilled chicken sandwich done Cajun, sans the cheese (did the Provolone leave alone) and with fries, please. Soup was good and the sandwich solid. Over the last 3 months, I've 'etten here 3 or 4 more times. Usually I revisit that Cajun chicky but I've also had the chicken pot pie, big flaky puff pastry madness, and the carib jerk wings = good. Sometimes a salad, sometimes not. Food has been good every time.

English pubby, I'd say. Service was a bit harried but not bad. Food was good but the beers were mostly just adequate. There ain't a hell of a range, and there are a lot of people drinking things that aren't them, but with so many guest taps and the big bottled list, it's no wonder. Still a comfortable enough place for a bite and a beer when through to wherever elsewhere.

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Photo of 86sportster883
4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I stopped in the Market Cross Pub and Brewery for dinner and drinks on a Friday evening after a long work day. Two house made beers were listed on their website as currently pouring:

Tell Me Rye Golden Ale (5.0%) - American Rye / Blonde Ale. Hops (according to the menu): Perle, Liberty, & Hallertau. Grain bill: Pilsner & Crystal malts, flaked rye and red wheat. Sounded good but I was sorely disappointed that they had run out.

Market Cross Red (5.2%) - An American / English pale ale with a thick creamy head on a bright copper base. Medium bodied, smooth and incredibly drinkable. This beer just evaporated from my glass and was the only beer I drank that evening despite the enticing selection of drafts and bottles:

On draught: Bass, Newcastle, Troeg's Sunshine Pilsner, Guinness, Harp, Boddingtons, Belhaven, Yuengling Lager & Bock, Lindeman's Frambois, Victory Festbier, SN Harvest, Stoudt's Hefeweizen, DFH 60 Minute, Young's Double Chocolate Stout, Sly Fox Pikeland Pils and Blue Moon.

I liked that the bottle selection had a good selection of PA micros to include selections from Allegheny Brewing, Lancaster, Sly Fox, Stoudts, Troegs, Victory and Weyerbacher. Other American micros included Stone, Rogue, Brooklyn, Boulder, Bear Republic, DFH, Bell's and a few others.

Classic 60's & 70's rock radio played prominently at the comfortable bar seating and a small band started setting up just before I left. This is a moderately sized Carlisle establishment with booth seating across from the bar and plentiful seating for dining in the back and adjoining room. On the surface, there's little to indicate that this a brewpub other than the line of tap handles and single hand pump. This American version of an English pub was quite busy on a Friday night and is probably THE beer destination in Carlisle.

The food menu offers all the standard fare (soup, salad, sandwiches, apps. and entrees) along with a few English pub favorites. I ordered the seared sea bass off the weekend specials menu, which was good, but not all that flavorful.

Brew System (10 BBL) - English system with hot liquor back, gas-fired kettle, hop percolator, open fermentors and closed "Grundy" tanks.

The Market Cross Pub and Brewery is certainly worth a stop if staying in the area or visiting nearby Hershey park.

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Photo of drtth
3.88/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

For about 3 years this was a regular place to stop at least once or twice a year. Now that that has changed I realized on a recent visit that I'd not reviewed it and figured I'd better file this one as I don't know when I'll make it back.

The atmosphere is a mixture of pub and restaurant and brew pub. Its a nice place to visit and I found that it is also very popular with some faculty and students from Dickinson college. But its not one of those places where students go get wasted. They go there for socializing and the good beer and food.

The bottled beer selection is acceptably large and offers the craft beer drinker many choices. There is also fresh beer brewed on the premises and over several visits I never tried one I didn't like. (For a current list, see their web site.)

While the service has occasionally been spotty there was also usually a very large crowd when we had long waits.

The food is modeled at least in part after English pub food and if memory serves is reasonably authentic. More than once I've had the Shepherd's pie and enjoyed the flavors I'd grown used to from trips to the UK. It is definitely *not* standard brewpub fare. Going there for the food would be just fine even if there were no beer available.

The range of menu items offers a reasonably wide selection so that diners with different tastes will usually find something they care to eat.

I like visiting Market Cross and am looking forward to another chance for dinner and beer there.

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Photo of dnrobert24
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I thought I would add a review of Market Cross to point out that this is the only place in town (that I know of) where a person can purchase singles. Normally, you have to buy cases. If you build your own six-pack, you get a 35% (or so) discount off the regular prices per bottle. They are normally priced for in-house consumption, thus, it is overal "a bit pricey" if you are purchasing to go.

A smorgasboard of some things that impressed me follows: Heavyweight Perkuno's Hammer Imperial Porter, Victory's Hop Devil and Storm King Stout, Three Floyd's Alpha King, Weyerbacher's Decadence (not on the menu), Tupper's Hop Pocket Pils, Rogue's Shakespeare Stout, and Dogfish Head's 90-minute IPA. Of course there were others by each of these brewers, especially the PA brewers. There is a very large selection of local brews and a nice selection of other top-notch American micro-brews.

Update from visit in 12/08

Obviously, the specific beers listed have changed, but my review has not. Everything is top notch here, from the service to the selection to the quality of the brews. I got a SN Celebration Ale on tap that was top notch.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in here twice

Atmosphere, was pretty good, old pub feeling. There was a live band in on Saturday night. Pretty mixed crowd, a little on the older side.
Service, was fair nothing spectacular

Sierra Celebration Ale one time, Harvest another. Bells Two Hearted Ale, Lind. Fram., Guiness, Macros, Cider. Pretty good bottle selection 60+ I'd say, a few from Bells, Magic Hat, Victory, Brooklyn, Germans, Belgians to name a few

Valve, for draft beers they were around $4-5...bottles were around the same depending on what you ordered. I picked up a 6 of Bells Two Hearted Ale $15

Overall it seems like the only place in downtown Carlisle to get your craft beer fix. It convient if you are going out to dinner somewhere downtown and want to pick up a few for a BYOB place

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Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Small English-style pub - a long bar with small tables on the side - additional seating in back.

There were 16 guest taps - inc. some imports - Alexander Keith Lager, Guinness and Bass, etc. - and some PA brews (Victory and Appalachian). They have a decent-sized bottle selection, mainly imports. There were only 2 of there own - bartender said usually three or four - There's a hand-pump, but nothing was on it.

Make sure you ask for an un-chilled glass, as glasses are overchilled (unless you don't mind that).

Food okay - sandwiches, soups, "pub grub", done okay - nothing particularly special.

Service was acceptable, friendly enough.

The Red Ale was very nice the Lager was decent. Both were American style.
Interesting to note that brewer is only part-time.

Worth stopping in if you're in the area.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.08/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I work in Carlisle but live in Harrisburg. We head over to Market Cross every now and then for lunch. The menu has a lot of variety on there. There is something for everyone.

A great place to sit and relax. the atmosphere is that of a medieval knights and the dark ages. Paintings and collectibles surround the area. They have a room you can book for parties of 10 or more.

Service was decent and very friendly. they didnt forget about you and kept in touch with you throughout your meal.

The food was a 7 out of 10 in quality. i had one bad meal and 2 good meals. The king fish and chips didnt taste all that great. The salads and chicken aer phenomenal.

They do brew their own beer but have not had any of it. I do my mix and match six packs here every other week. they have an around the world club with beers from around the world Duh!

Overall a good experience. I would like to try their home brews.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited during a business trip to Carlisle. Glad I did!

This is a small place in downtown. Small, as in maybe nine tiny tables, about six boots, and maybe twelve bar stools. Not a lot of room to sit in here. But, coming in on a Wednesday at 5 PM, I had no trouble finding a seat at the bar. Be aware that parking requires coins for a meter. No biggie, but if you're witohut cash or coins that can be a hardship.

The atmosphere in the place is nice. It's kind of a combination of staid English pub and lively American beer bar. Weird mix, yet that may it work. The worn wood that is everywhere here adds to the English pub feel, and having various and assorted glasswore stuck in every available nook and cranny adds to the ambiance.

The staff was friendly and attentive at 5 on a Wednesday. In fact, while they only had three taps of their own beer at the time I visited, and their "flight" calls for four, the vartender offered to pour me all three then double me up on whichever I liked best. That worked well for me!

I saw approximately twelve taps to go along with their numerous bottles. A few of the kegs on tap were setting in the open behind the bar, and apparently running through cold plates. While probably not ideal, it is a good use of limited space. If there's a demand, meet it, and they do.

The bottle selection is really good for the area, with a large number of imports (many English, obviously), and a pretty decent selection of available micro brews, including many Pennsylvania brews.

Overall, if you can find a parking spot and a seat, this is well worth visiting. I was impressed and happy I came. Nice little pub, and worth seeking out.

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Photo of akorsak
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A post-Christmas visit to one of the few area brewpubs that I have yet to hit (Market Cross Shippensburg and ABC Gettysburg, you are in my crosshairs).

Atmosphere: The place feels like an English pub with a nice long bar and plenty of taps as you enter. In the back of the bar two separate dining areas exist. Breweriana adorns the walls.

Quality: The intimate feel of the pub almost requires a bit of dinginess, so don't expect the sparkling prestige of an Iron Hill. The bathroom was a bit unpleasant but not terribly so.

Service: Service was prompt and frequently visited the table. I ordered an Excalibur and was told that they were trying to tap it at that moment. With no further prompting, she had one on my table within five minutes. On entering, we were even greeted with a caveat about the smoking section in the bar.

Selection: They were down to three in-house brews, the porter, impy stout and red. That was supported by an awesome bottle and guest tap list that included Mad Elf, Circus Boy and Corsendonk Chrismas on tap anda huge cooler of bottles for in-house or take-out enjoyment. We had all three of the house beers and they were enjoyable.

Food: English pub grub, lots of fried plates, head a pretty good menu. I went with chicken strips and scampi which were nicely done. The chips accompanying the meal were crisp and hot.

This place looks like a great joint to while away a few hours at the bar. I'll be back.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

One of my favorite places to stop whenever I'm heading up the I-81 corridor. Nestled in downtown Carlisle, PA this a great English pub with a fantastic atmosphere even though we often visit in the early evening when it's not crowded and very little is going on. The bar is the best place to sit, even though they do allow smoking, it's never been too much of an issue on our visits. Lots of English pub decor around the restaurant area the bar is decorated with a multitude of bottles and glasses around it.

Beer selection can be average sometimes. Mostly macro imports (Guiness, Bass, Smitwicks) with a few craft beers mingled in (usually something local like Troegs) and usually there is a Lindemans lambic on. The real treat here though are the craft beers they brew in the back. Usually there are at least two on at any given time with one on the hand pump. On our most recent visit, I had a Bessie's Best Brown Ale and their Red Ale on the handpump. Both were very solid. There is also a take out cooler for both six-packs and mix-6s at the end of the bar nearest the entrance that appeared to have a pretty good selection, including a lot of local micros.

The menu is fairly extensive and not only includes your normal burgers and salads but also a nice selection of English pub inspired fare like fish & chips and various English pies. We've always sat at the bar during our visits, so service as always been attentive and friendly. In fact the whole establishment (between the good food and beer and friendly service) gives off a warm, inviting feeling that would make any old world pub proud. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of ndolover
4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

I was driving through on business and called for directions. It was easy to find off the highway, and placed off the main drag. It was the middle of the afternoon, so there were very few people there. It has a English Pub feel, with a decidely PA small village vibe. I was promptly greeted and had a beer in hand within 2 minutes of arriving. I was glad to see they had a double cooler full of exotic beers that could keep a man busy if he lived in town. However, my trip could only afford a couple of beers before I needed to be on my way.

First, I had the IPA which was more floral then bitter...but was a good example of the style and I would reccomend it. I was also impressed that they had a beer engine that was currently pouring a Brown Ale. While pouring the beer the bartender told me the story of why they called in Bessie Brown. Apparently, she was the local prostitute that was in business for decades just a stones throw away from the establishment. She also took the time to pour about 20 oz down the drain as she noted I was the first of the day to order from the beer engine. I appreciated the extra effort! I was happy to hear the history, loved the extra effort, and REALLY enjoyed the brown ale. It was a great session beer!

I could not stay for food, but the menu looked good judging from the good mix of Engligh Pub fare and "normal" pub fare. I would reccomend anyone hitting this place up if they are in the area. It had a great vibe and I could see myself making it a regular spot if I lived in the area.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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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3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

February 2007: Stopped by here for a late lunch on a frigid February afternoon. The brewpub is along a central street in Carlisle, a typical little village for this part of Pennsylvania. The interior is low-ceilinged but does a respectable job at imitating an English pub. While the service was a tad bit slow, it was efficient enough to keep us happy. Our food was very good, and also rivaled a decent British tavern. Most importantly, the house beers were very good (and they had a decent list of guest taps), which means I’ll be back if in the area again.

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Market Cross Pub & Brewery in Carlisle, PA
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