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Local Pub News (2011) | Print |


  • The Crooke Hall in Crooke Village has been undergoing refurbishment for some time. This is now complete and they will be serving food in 2 weeks time.
  • The Victoria in Aspull was a managed premises but is now becoming a tenancy.
  • The Edington in Hindley is now under new management.
  • The Swan & Railway is shortly to have a new manager – still a Marstons outlet.
  • The Old Dog in Upholland is now closed following the departure of Lynn, the licensee
  • The Robin Hood in Orrell is under new management and are aiming to improve real ale sales so that they can increase their range on offer.
  • The Old Springs in Orrell recently reopened following a well received refurb but is currently only selling cask beer at weekends.
  • The Bird I’th Hand in Gathurst has been bought as a private residence
  • The Latham House and the Miners Lamp, both in Orrell, have both recently been demolished
  • The Old Engine was demolished a few months ago and new houses are being built upon the land.
  • TBird I’th Hand in Gidlow Lane, Wigan is rumoured to be being converted into flats.
  • The Tippings Arms in Poolstock appears to have lost its only handpump.
  • The Honeysuckle in Poolstock now serves real ale – Black Sheep was recently on offer there.
  • The Eckersley Arms in Poolstock is now under new management – not selling real ale at present though.
  • The Stocks Tavern in Parbold is planning a December beer festival sponsored partly by the Burscough brewery.
  • The Cross Keys in Stubshaw Cross - Pat & Jim Shard, licensees of former GBG nominated pub, are due to retire from this Marstons pub on 7th November. It is not known what will happen to it when they go.
  • The Simms Road Inn in Garswood has been undergoing a refurb and is due to re-open on 18th October. This pub occasionally sold real ale prior to the closure.
  • Just out of our area :- the Olde England in St Helens no longer sells Marble Ginger but still regularly offers Thornbridge Jaipur IPA amongst its range of 8 beers.


  • The Orwell in Wigan is reported to stock 3 cask beers – all Prospect at the time of visit but apparently often have a JW Lees brew.
  • The Bowling Green in Newtown is currently “under offer”  


  • The Red Lion in Ashton-in-Makerfiled re-opens on 26th August and will be offering a choice of Tetley Bitter or Charles Wells Bombardier on cask in their new sport bar extension.
  • The Sir Thomas Gerard in Ashton-in-Makerfield is holding a mini beer festival to coincide with the Ashton Festival. They will be offering 15+ “national winner” beers over the event, including Thornbridge Jaipur IPA. The festival runs from 12th to 16th September.
  • The Red Lion in Hindley recently gained Cask Marque accreditation and plan to get another handpump, which will mean they can offer 4 cask beers at any one time. They are also hoping to run a beer festival sometime in September. With a 30p discount on production of your CAMRA card this could be worth attending.
  • The Wakes in Hindley is now shut.
  • The Alexandra in Hindley Green is now selling Prospect
  • Sams Country Bar in Appley Bridge now has two guest real ales and is currently the only bar in the Sams chain to sell real ale. However, the manager has indicated that there are plans to roll out real ale to other selected Sams bars.
  • The Mulberry Tree in Wrightington is now selling real ale
  • The Old Engine in Orrell has now been demolished.
  • The Lathom House in orrell has been demolished and houses now being built on site.
  • The Bird i’th Hand in Gathurst still remains empty, as it has done for quite a while.
  • The Railway in Platt Bridge is closed and up for sale at £75,000.
  • The Eckersley Arms in Poolstock is being renovated - builders/decorators have been seen but still no news if it is to be re-opened as a pub.
  • Fifteens in Swinley has been reported to be selling a real ale from Cornwall.
  • The Charles Dickens in Swinley is rumoured to have been sold
  • The Black Diamond in Ince is now selling Prospect beers
  • The Momentum in Westhoughton, although not quite in our area, has been renovated and is selling real ale.

JULY 2011

  • The Amberswood Tavern in Ince is now serving cask ales and is the venue for the next branch meeting
  • The Oak Tree in Belle Green Lane, Ince now has 3 handpumps selling Marston’s beers.
  • The Miller and Carter in Parbold (formerly The Wiggin Tree) is now selling cask beer.
  • The New Inn in Aspull is now closed and available for a nominal rent from Marstons.
  • The Balcarres Arms in Haigh has recently re-opened and was reported to have 4 beers on offer.

JUNE 2011

  • The Rock Ferry in Lower Ince recently reopened as a Thwaites freehouse and has 2 cask beers
  • The Balcarres Arms in Aspull is now selling 4 beers from the Marstons range.
  • The New Inn in Aspull is closed and available for a nominal rent
  • The Masons Arms in Billinge (our Community Pub of the Year) is now selling 2 cask ciders on a regular basis.
  • The Bath Springs in Bryn has now re-opened as a Bravo Inn.
  • The Stag in Garswood is now selling real ale. However our informant was not too impressed with the quality but perhaps it just needs a bit more regular custome from cask drinkers ?
  • The Owl Inn in Upholland is closed and there are ominous signs that it couldbe permanent.

MAY 2011

  • The Rock Ferry in Lower Ince is to reopen very shortly as a Thwaites freehouse.
  • The Bath Springs in Bryn is undergoing renovation and to reopen as a Bravo Inn.
  • The Venture in Highfield. Is now part of the Flaming Grill chain (a subsidiary of Punch Taverns) and had 2 real ales on recently.
  • The Berkeley in Wallgate, Wigan has reintroduced the Berkeley Card which gives a loyalty bonus of 10p in the £1 and it has been extended to cover cask beer sales. They are also doing an offer of £2 a pint on Thursdays.
  • The Park in Bryn is under new management - the same people who currently run the Old Pear Tree in Wigan. They will focus on food but it is also hoped they will sell cask beer.
  • The Poacher in Highfield is now part of the Sizzling Pubs chain (a subsidiary of Mitchells and Butler) and has 3 handpumps in the lounge plus 3 handpumps in the games room. Though when visited all six pumps carryied the same pump clip, for Marstons English Pale Ale (EPA) - advertised at £2.20 a pint. However, none was available - "the barrel is not on yet".
  • The Crown in Goose Green is now operating under the Value Inns badge and is also operating the CAMRA Discount scheme. With 10p off a pint, 5p off a half.
  • The Hawk in Hawkley Hall now has one handpump serving John Smiths Cask Bitter.
  • The Red Lion in Ashton is currently being extended and a sign proclaims that when this is complete they will be introducing real ales.


  • The Balcarres in Aspull after recently been re-opened following a refurbishment. We do not know if real ale is still
  • The Railway in Garswood - three real ales on all the time. Yorkshire Terrier, Thwaites Wainwright or Adnams Broadside were the choice at the beginning of January.
  • The Park Lane Freehouse in Bryn - There was one handpump with a Pedigree logo stuck however no cask ale available.
  • The Fishergate Inn in Lamberhead Green - reported to be selling real ale. There are two handpumps and at least one in operation and serving Hobgoblin at the time of visit (2nd January).
  • The Venture in Highfield is now part of the “Sizzling Pub Co”. Four handpumps but only two in operation at time of visit (5th January), one selling Timothy Taylor Landlord, the other selling Cains Bitter.

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