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Our pubs & clubs

With over130 real ale pubs and clubs in our branch area, we have a pub for everyone.

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Alternatively,check them out our detailed and informative 'Pubs Database'.


The list of LocAle pubs (28)and breweries (60)has been revised and updated as of 29th January 2015.

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FREE TRIP on Friday, 24th April

There is a free trip, on a preserved bus, visiting 5 real ale pubs in the outer regions of our branch area. The bus leaves Docs Symposium in Wigan at 7pm on Friday 24th April and will return back in Wigan town centre in time for last buses and trains home.

The purpose of the trip is to survey/review pubs which are more difficult to get to using public transport. As such, we cannot tell you which pubs will be visited as we don't want publicans to be prewarned of our visit.

All CAMRA members are welcomed. No need to reserve your place .... just turn up.

For more information, please contact our Pubs Officer - Donald Appleton at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Pub of the Season (Spring 2015) : WIGAN CENTRAL

Congratulations to Wigan Central Real Ale and Cider Bar upon being voted Wigan CAMRA Pub of the Season for Spring 2015.

The presentation of the award will take place on 29th April at 8pm. All are welcomed.

North Wales social trip on 9th May

Our social trip to North Wales on Saturday 9th May is now over-subscribed and we are currently operating a waiting list with 9 people on it. However, if we get just a few more people it may well be viable to upgrade to a larger coach.

If you are interested in coming on this trip, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  as soon as possible.


The trip will be visiting a community brewing company – Cwrw Ial brewery in North Wales, the only social enterprise brewery in the UK. The brewery is more than just a community project and collaborates with other local business, artists and social enterprises. Doug, the head brewer, will be providing a couple of casks for our consumption at the brewery – which, in his words, a big shed on a mountainside.

In keeping with the community theme, we’ll then visit a nearby pub which is owned and run by the local community – the Raven Inn at Llanarmon yn Ial. As well as serving real ales the pub it is also renowned for its real ciders.

We’ll also be visiting the Blue Bell Inn at Halkyn – another pub at the hub of the community which incorporates the local post office. It is also just happens to be the CAMRA Vale of Clwyd Branch Pub of the Year 2015 and a previous winner of North Wales Cider Pub of the Year.

As May is also CAMRA’s Cider Month, we may even get the chance to stop off at the farm shop of one of North Wales’ few cider producers – Rosies in Llandegla.

Costings have yet to be finalised but will be around £15 per person which will cover the cost of the coach and brewery tour, including beer sampling, but no food. There be opportunities to purchase food at The Raven.

The coach leaves Wigan at 11am and arrives back around 9.30pm.  

Next Branch Meetings

Our next Branch Meeting will take place on Wednesday, 13th May 2015 starting at 8pm. The venue is the The Swinley in Wigan, our reigning Club of the Year. Nominations for the Pub of the Season (Summer 2015) will take place at the meeting. All branch members are welcomed.

Dates for the remaining meetings in 2015 have also been set but the venues have not yet been confirmed for all of them. The meetings are :- 

  • Wednesday, June 17th (voting for Pub of the Season - Summer) (at Standish Unity Club.
  • Tuesday, July 14 at The Raven, Wigan.
  • Wednesday, August 19th (nominations for Pub of the Season)
  • Thursday, September 17th (voting for Pub of the Season - Autumn)
  • Tuesday, October 13th
  • Thursday, November 19th (nominations for Pub of the Season)
  • Tuesday, December 8th (voting for Pub of the Season - Winter)

Branch Awards

At the AGM on January 14th 2015, voting took place for our annual pub/club awards. The winners are as follows :-

Congratulations to all concerned.

New kids on the block

Real ale in the Wigan area continues to thrive which has resulted in two new local breweries commencing operations within the past six months.

Martland Mill Brewery commenced operationson 11th July 2014. For more information check out their website at Martland Mill Brewery.

Hophurst Brewery in Hindley commenced operations in October 2014. For more information check out their website at Hophurst Brewery.

There is also a trend of smaller independent bars opening within the past few months, both locally and across the Greater Manchester region.Some local examples of these include :-

  • Docs Symposium in Mesnes Street, Wigan -more info
  • Blundells Cafe Bar in Swinley
  • Albion Ale House in Standish - more info
  • Wigan Central, in the railway arch at Wigan North Western station -visit website

All Gates and Prospect prosper again at regional beer competition

Congratulations to two of our local breweries, All Gates and Prospect, upon winning awards at the SIBA North-West Beer Competition held at Bolton Beer Festival on 15th October 2014.

Allgates won a silver award in the Best Bitter category with 'Dry Bones' (4.0%) whilst Prospect won a bronze award in the Bottled Speciality Beers category with 'Clementine' (5.0%).

Other local-ish breweries winning awards were Bank Top (Bolton) and Blackedge (Horwich).

Wigan CAMRA visit the Swan with Two Necks at Pendleton on 30th May, 2014

Swan with Two Necks

For more photos of the social trip to the Swan with Two Necks, Skipton and Saltaire Beer Club on May 30th, click here

In the local papers .....

Click on links below to view recent beer-related stories in the local newspapers :-

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