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Local Pub News (2008) | Print |


  • The Waterwheel in Scholes displays a sign ‘barber’ – we do not know if this is a new bar (in which case it may get some new punters during the first few weeks at least after all would you challenge your bloke if he said he was popping out to the barbers ?) or if it has had a change of use !
  • The Horseshoe in Standish under new management but is believed not to be doing real ale.
  • The Dog & Partridge in Standish to re-open on 12th December under management – apparently the brewery has dropped its rent charges considerably for the new licensee (the landlord of the Fox & Goose) to that levied on the previous tenant due to a change in the law regarding rates charged on empty premises which makes it costly to keep pubs closed.
  • The Crown at Worthington plans a strong ales weekend the second week in January – using at least 11 handpumps and possibly also doing cellar runs.
  • The Pagefield in Springfield is reported to be selling their infamous revolving doors which were removed in the recent refurbishment.
  • The Bridgewater in Hindley is to be re-opened as the Bejing Chinese restaurant
  • The Stag in Garswood has reopened – not known if it is doing cask – can anyone give us an update ?
  • We have just heard that the Bird I’th Hand in Gathurst closed last weekend – does anyone know more of this ?
  • The Kirkless in New Springs is now managed by the licensee of the Bold Hotel in Poolstock and is selling cask from the Marstons range.


  • The Tavern in Market Street, Wigan has been closed but is due imminently to re-open as the New tavern
  • The Anderton Arms in Ince is now under new management as Nita has returned to South Africa no real ale available at present, new manager is the former manager of the nearby Last Orders.
  • The Black Diamond in Ince has been refurbished gaining 3 plasma TVs & a pool table but losing a lot of its character into the bargain. 1 handpump but nothing on it at present.
  • The Running Horses in Orrell is now on facebook which advertises forthcoming beers – accessed by entering Running Horses Orrell and password ‘Joe’.
  • The Sandbook in Orrell is doing well under the caretaker management of Alan Brannigan with a new feature of regular ‘open mic ‘ nights.
  • Rumours reported of a ‘To Let’ sign at the Bowling Green in Wigan however it has since been confirmed that it is the adjacent hair salon which is up for rent and not the pub !
  • Although the Horseshoe in Standish is currently closed real ale drinkers have not been too downhearted as the nearby Globe is reported to be serving excellent cask beer.
  • Recent pub closures reported include :- The Wiganer in Hindley, The Waters Edge in Appley Bridge, The Balcarres in Aspull, The Dover Lock at Abram, The Eagle & Chid in Billinge, The Dog & Partridge in Standish – a current GBG entry.


  • The Silverwell in Darlington Street now has new owners – not yet known if they will continue to sell cask.
  • The Crofters is shortly to re-open as a Thai restaurant with an unpronounceable name
  • The New Inn in Aspull is closed and up for sale.
  • The Lychgate in Standish has recently had cask ale (Wells Bombardier).
  • The Boulevard in Wigan now has a new bar manager (Alistair formerly of the Anvil) who has promised to get a varied range of beers on.
  • The Berkeley in Wigan is now offering discounted beers at £1.85 on Thursdays after 5pm.
  • The Pit Pony in Ashton now has another new manager – no details known yet.


  • The Alexandra in Whelley has closed. More info to follow.
  • The Venture, Highfield is reported to be selling cask, Theakstons & Deuchars IPA when visited.
  • The Crawford Arms in Crawford Village recently changed hands and is now managed by a real ale enthusiast serving Black Sheep, Old Speckled Hen and Charles Wells Bombardier.
  • The Red Lion at Hindley - problems in cask availability reported last month are apparently due to the success of the food operations but Dan is hoping to resolve soon.
  • The Anderton Arms in Ince seems to be having problems with the quality of cask ale recently – as this is a current GBG pub we would be interested in more comments good or bad.
  • The Sandbrook Arms in Orrell is now the new home for Alan & Tracey formerly of the White Lion in Upholland is free of tie for cask ales. Alan says that they are working hard to get the place shipshape.
  • The Amberswood Tavern in Ince is selling cask, currently Grays bitter. The licensee tells us he is free of tie so get in there and tell him what you like ! 


  • The Lychgate in Standish has a varying real ale on sale though at a breathtaking £2.70 a pint !
  • The Horseshoe in Standish is currently closed.
  • The Red Lion in Hindley (our best new cask outlet winner for the 2007/8 year) has recently had periods when cask was available – this may be a temporary supply problem but will be investigated.
  • The Spinners Arms in Castle Hill, Hindley is under a joint ownership with The Cumberland also in Hindley. Both are free of tie. The Cumberland sell 1 cask at a time, often Jennings Cumberland. The Spinners sells 2 varying beers and is hoping to start doing bar meals by the end of the month.
  • The White Lion in Upholland is up for lease (Thwaites). Alan & Tracey will be leaving on 8th September.
  • The Bulls Head in Goose Green is now doing food from 11:30 to 9pm Monday to Saturday & 12 to 6 on Sundays. Special deal 2 main courses for £6.49. At least 2 beers on often Copperdragon Golden Pippin.
  • The Black Diamond in Ince is closed for a refurbishment programme for 4 weeks.
  • The Wayfarers in Parbold is increasing the range of handpumps

JULY 2008

  • The Station in Orrell –at present this is open but has no real ale.
  • The Forresters in Billinge is all keg.
  • The Masons in Billinge is however selling up to 5 cask beers at any time.
  • The Lychgate in Standish is now open and initially displayed a sign that they had real ales. The sign has been covered up and only keg is currently available – unless of course you know different ?
  • The Spinners Arms in Castle Hill Hindley has been re-opened and is advertising cask ale – the branch would welcome some feedback on this.
  • Also in Hindley, the branch are getting good reports on the quality of the ale in The Cumberland.
  • The White Lion in Wrightington recently held a beer festival – shame we missed it and if anyone goes in there regularly, or even occasionally, and sees that they are advertising another one please let us know.
  • The Anvil is closed for refurbishment from 6pm 20th July until 28th.

JUNE 2008

  • The Station in Orrell – can anyone tell us what is happening at this pub as it seems to be open and then closed, then open then closed again ?
  • The Hare & Hounds in Billinge is also shut
  • The Unicorn in Billinge is no longer doing food and rumour has it it may be snapped up as an Indian restaurant.
  • The Anderton Arms in Ince is now re-open under new management and is still selling cask (4 beers when we called). The new managers are aiming for the family end of the market with plans for a children’s play area. Children are welcome until 7:30pm (so you are safe if you only go out at 8 !). They also hope to do food later in the year.
  • The Lychgate in Standish is rumoured to have been bought by Chadwicks of Standish however a sign has been noted stating that it will be selling real ales
  • The Belle Vue in Woodhouse Lane has re-introduced cask beer and is running a special promotion for the whole of June currently offering Hook Norton ‘Hooky Gold’ (4.1%) for £1.50 and once this runs out the offer cask will be Charles Well ‘Bombardier’. Get down there and try it !
  • Just outside our borders the Boars Head in Leigh is selling Phoenix beers and a special beer called Boars Head.
  • The former licensee of the Pendle Witch in Atherton has now taken over Old Isaacs just around the corner and is offering a varying range of 3 guest beers at all times at a phenomenal £1.60 a pint (worth investing in a train fare !)

MAY 2008

  • The Anderton Arms in Ince has now been sold and is under the ownership of the licensees of the Red Lion in Ladies Lane, Hindley. Plans are to continue and possibly extend the existing range of real ales perhaps with regular beers from Copper Dragon and Pheonix as well as guest beer(s) and we believe food will be available.
  • The Bulls Head in Goose Green has a new landlady, Leanne. Currently she is offering 2 cask beers but hopes to build the custom and demand back up.
  • Lychgate Tavern in Standish is boarded up
  • The Crown at Worthington now has 6 handpumps
  • The Rigbye Arms in Wrightington has replaced their usual Old Speckled Hen with Black Sheep Bitter
  • The Windmill in Parbold is now selling Lees Bitter; Bombadier and Tetleys Bitter
  • The Pit Pony in Ashton has Thwaites Original, Thwaites Nutty Black Dark Mild plus a Thwaites Monthly Special
  • The Boars Head in Standish is now under the management of the licensee of the Cherry Gardens and is reported to be selling 3 cask beers all in good form when our reporter visited.
  • The Pagefield in Springfield is now selling Thwaites Lancaster Bomber.
  • Licensees of the Black Horse in Moss Bank, St Helens have given up the tenancy and returned to their former property at the Sutton Oak in St Helens (Liverpool and Districts Pub of The Year 2006). They plan to re-open on 2nd June.

APRIL 2008

  • The Pit Pony in Ashton has extended its food service doing meals from 12noon – 2pm & 5pm – 8pm Monday to Friday, and from Noon to 7pm on Saturday & Sundays and late night home made pizza to order from 8:30pm to 11pm every evening.
  • The Royal Oak in Standishgate, Wigan has re-opened
  • The Dog & Partridge in Standish has re-opened. During the renovation following the fire last year it seems to have lost handpump and is no longer selling cask mild and has gained TVs covering mainly sports channels.
  • The Bulls Head in Goose Green is now under new management having re-opened on Good Friday. Currently only offering 2 varying cask beers but hoping to increase this as demand picks up. Opening hours are currently 12 noon to 12 midnight 7 days a week. At present the licensee Leanne is doing a ‘pie and pint’ offer at £3 but she hopes to develop a wider range of snacks in the next few weeks
  • The Anderton Arms in Ince is up for auction but continues to trade as usual in the meantime.
  • The Hindley Arms (AKA ‘the Fingers’) in Market Street, Hindley is now selling Cask Hydes Bitter and a Hydes Seasonal.
  • Kirkless Hall Inn in New Springs is boarded up and is for let


  • The Red Lion in Ladies Lane, Hindley have now extended their range of beer with Copperdragon Golden Pippin or Black Sheep Bitter as regulars with another varying beer
  • The Old Pear Tree in Wigan has recently been closed for a facelift and has now increased the range of cask bitters to 4 from the Marston selection.
  • The Pit Pony in Ashton is now reporting a significant increase in cask beer sales since it opened just before Christmas and is now doing meals from 12noon – 2pm & 5pm – 8pm Monday to Friday, and from Noon to 7pm on Saturday & Sundays . We also have a correction to our previous report as the quiz is on Thursday nights.
  • The Dog & Partridge in Standish has now re-opened.
  • The re-opening of the Royal Oak in Standishgate has been further deferred and is now not expected to be before Easter at the earliest
  • The Bulls Head in Goose Green is expected to close this weekend after a brief spell of opening just at weekends.
  • The Anderton Arms in Ince is trying to put together an email list of customers interested in receiving weekly updates from the pub providing details of the beers available, offers and events etc. Email address for anyone wishing to join the mailing list: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . The pub has regular live music every weekend when 4 cask beers are usually available (they have 3 during the week) including the
    house bitter (usually Classic) at £1.30 per pint


  • The Red Lion in Ladies Lane, Hindley is now doing cask beers – currently 2 Thwaites but the landlord is free from tie so members should encourage him to be a little more adventurous. Apparently the food is also very good and reasonably priced.
  • Georgia Browns in Hindley is now down to one cask beer and quality is inconsistent
  • Last Orders in Hindley has cask Cains bitter
  • The Market Tavern in Wigan has started to do real ale – Allgates reportedly being served.
  • The Old Pear Tree in Wigan currently serving 2 cask beers from the Marstons range but expect to increase the range to 3 beers very shortly.
  • Madisons (previously Orange House), King Street, Wigan occasionally has Boddies on handpump but are allegedly keen to offer cask and open to suggestions from CAMRA members.
  • The Millstone in Wigan Lane now has Thwaites Bomber in addition to the Thwaites Bitter.
  • The Anderton Arms in Ince is doing well with their new discount beer and is also offering live music on Saturday 19th and 26th January.
  • The Royal Oak in Wigan is expected to remain closed until St Patricks Day.   
  • The Boulevard in Wigan is currently up for sale but will remain open until a buyer is found.
  • The Pit Pony in Ashton has been bought by Kev, one of the owners of the Boulevard. It is tied to Thwaites and is currently offering original bitter and a seasonal beer but all smoothflow pumps removed and hopes to increase the range of real ales as demand increases. Ken and Carol Wortington called in a couple of days ago and were pleasantly surprised – the venue was done up recently and is nicely furnished open plan with pool table etc, unobtrusive TV screens. Kev also hopes to be able to offer lunchtime and early evening food in the near future. He holds a quiz on Wednesday nights. 

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