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published 19/04/2017 | ravingreviewer
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"A horse race to leave!"

When family were visiting recently and they wanted to find a pub somewhere in town to watch some sport and have a drink or two, someone had mentioned that they had heard of the Newmarket Tavern - well, any self respecting person in Plymouth who has heard of it would keep well away. Being well known as having more visits from the local police in a month than most other pubs would have in a decade, I was very reluctant to pay this particular pub a visit - I had been in there a few times before on occasions, but would never rush to go back there.

But as those visiting wanted to go in there for a slightly different experience (if you could call it that!), it is about average in terms of price - and you know that they will have any number of sporting games and so on being shown, you can be guaranteed that you will of course have an experience!

Being open from seven o'clock in the morning seven days a week until eleven o'clock during the week; midnight on a Saturday and half past ten on a Sunday, we went in there late morning and boy was it busy (it was a Saturday). OK so there were a few people who had already been in there by the looks of it since opening and were already three sheets gone, but we found a table in the corner and were served fairly quickly at the bar. A round of four alcoholic drinks and three soft drinks came to about £19, which is what I would roughly expect to pay in most other pubs also.

Although we were there pretty much over the lunchtime period we didn't eat anything, although they do have a fairly decent menu - they serve food from when they open until about nine o'clock in the evening, and the food they serve ranges from breakfasts and snacks; through sandwiches and jacket potatoes, to firm pub favourites including fish and chips and bangers and mash. Looking through the menu, they do also where available provide vegetarian options to the best of their abilities. All food is cooked to order, and on seeing some orders of food coming out they do give generous portions - and pricewise, it is again pretty much average compared to other similar pubs.

Although claiming to be a 'family friendly' pub, I would have to say that people with children who wish to go in would have to throw caution to the wind - as already pointed out the pub opens really early in the morning, and so therefore some people can be rather gone by mid to late morning. And so therefore I would say that it is up to the parents or other such people who have children with them to just be a little careful, if you have children that are easily upset.

but with this said there are thinsg for children to do or to watch whilst you are visiting the pub, these are pool and darts - although of course there can be some people who may wish to play a more serious game, and can get rather annoyed if there are children playing about! There is also a poker table, but this is more for games that are laid on at set times (and quite often in conjunction with other pubs in the area who compete in a poker league).

Overall, the standard of service can vary according to who is working behind the bar - some of the staff cater more to their regular drinkers and those who interrupt them can be given rather a stern look, whereas some of the other staff can be more on the friendlier side. Thus the atmosphere can change from time to time, but I find that you do tend to get that in many pubs.

The pub is situated towards the lower end of Plymouth city centre - the main bus station has just moved to behind the pub, and a lot of buses also stop on the main road just around the corner from here. There is the railway station about five minutes away, and there is also plenty of car parking nearby meaning that it is of course fairly easy to get to.

However I would only reall recommend this to you to use if you ahve checked out all other resources in the city centre, and are happy to almost rough it for an hour or two of your lives. Almost cheap and cheerful it may well be if you are in to that sort of thing, but if not then I would strongly suggest that you look elsewhere.

The contact details are as follows:

The Newmarket Tavern
2 Market Way

07805 173171

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