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Local Pub News (2007) | Print |


  • The Navigation in Gathurst, our informants tell us that there has been a major refurb and according to the sign outside it is to be called Baby Elephant and has become an Indian/Tapas bar and restaurant
  • The Old Pear Tree in Wigan has recently re-opened under new management. Lynn & David are assisted behind the bar by their daughter Katie and tell us that they were asked by the brewery to get the pub reopen before Christmas, hence the fact that they have been unable to do much to the pub other than clean and restock but they do plan to close for a short time in February to do some refurbishment. They are not doing cooked food at the moment as the kitchen is need of upgrading but they do have hot pies and a selection of freshly prepared baps for hungry customers. Currently they are only serving 2 cask beers from the Marstons range (Pedigree and Jennings when we called, both well kept) but hope to get custom back and increase the range they can offer after the February closure.
  • The Royal Oak in Wigan has been closed since about 10th December (which has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that it was much frequented by CAMRA National Executive and Regional Directors on their visit to Wigan over the weekend immediately beforehand ! ) Apparently there has been a major collapse of the drains which will take until the New Year to repair.
  • The Dog & Partridge in Standish is expected to be closed until around the end of January/early February after the fire they had a few weeks ago.
  • The Crown at Worthington stepped in to salvage something from the fire at the Dog & Partridge, taking on the beers from the cellar amongst which was a quantity of Tetleys which Dan is offering a discount price of £1.89 per pint.
  • The Horseshoe in Standish has had a change of landlord and is now owned by a partnership of local residents. We wish them the best of luck and hope that standards can be maintained.
  • The Unity Club in Standish (apparently near the Lychgate) is now selling a cask beer.
  • Last Orders in Hindley - one benefit of the sale of Honeycombe Leisure to Cains is that 2 of the Last Orders pubs in our area are now selling cask ales. The Hindley outlet is selling Cains Bitter at £1.30 per pint
  • Last Orders in Ince (formerly The Squirrel) is the newest acquisition has an unmarked handpump selling Theakstons at £1.50 a pint.
  • The Guardians in Frog Lane - rumours are that it may be due to re-open. Any further news would be gratefully received. 


  • The Cherry Gardens in Wigan Lane has recently re-opened following a refurbishment and offers real ale lovers a choice of Pedigree and 2 ever changing guests from the Marstons range. The pub is also doing food (carvery, salad bar and main food menu) from noon until 9pm 7 days per week.
  • The Stag in Garswood has also re-opened and is selling Jennings Cumberland and Allgates Bright Blade.
  • The Hare & Hounds in Billinge has recently changed hands and is currently being refurbished. At present they are offering Tetleys, and Boddingtons bitters as regulars, and Youngs and Wychwood Hobgoblin cask bitters as guests so may be worth a trip.
  • Squires in Billinge is currently serving Black Sheep Emmerdale which was commended by our reporter for the quality.
  • The Unicorn in Billinge has Courage Best; Wychwood Hobgoblin; Black Sheep bitter, again excellent quality.
  • Bispham Recreation Club this pub previously served only Tetleys cask but has slightly varied its range and was recently serving Moorhouses Premier bitter.
  • Holts Arms in Billinge is currently serving Banks's bitter; Marstons Pedigree; Jennings End of the World; Wychwood Hobgoblin however the quality is variable.
  • The Hind's Head in Wrightington was due to open on 8th November as a Spanish Tapas bar allegedly serving Tetley bitter and Deuchars IPA on handpump.
  • The Tudor Inn in Wrightington has been refurnished and renamed the White Lion. It's now a Marstons house, with four cask ales: Banks's bitter, Jennings Cumberland Ale, Hydes Jekylls Gold and Thwaites Lancaster Bomber.
  • The Bold Hotel in Poolstock, although there are 3 handpumps they only appear to be selling Jennings bitter.
  • The Belle Vue Inn in Woodhouse Lane, Springfield is also now serving one rotating cask beer with Black Sheep and Jennings bitter being recent offerings.
  • Whelley Ex-Servicemens Club which is now serving Hydes bitter.
  • The Running Horses in Orrell is still serving excellent beer and have asked us to help promote a charity night they are holding on Sunday 16th December. Proceeds go to WISH FM Christmas appeal providing Christmas presents for underprivileged children in the Wigan and St Helens areas. The event kicks off at 8pm with a Christmas Quiz which is free to enter. There will be numerous prizes including free meal vouchers, IPods etc. There will also be an Open the Box competition with cash prizes.  


  • The Bush in Higher Ince is currently closed.
  • The Belle Green in Higher Ince is currently closed.
  • The Hingemakers in Ashton is another recent closure (10th October). This had in the past been a cask ale outlet though it has only served keg for about the last 4 years.
  • The Stag in Garswood appear to have closed recently – as far as we were aware this pub was doing fine so any info as to why it is closed would be welcome.
  • The Prince of Wales in Pemberton is currently closed for refurbishment.
  • The Delph at Tontine now has a new floor in the back room and an additional pool table and TVs.
  • The Raven in Wallgate is now selling Courage Directors after many years without cask beer.
  • Gems in Dicconson Street has been renamed Winstons and is now advertising B&B accommodation. At the time of our visit only one cask beer was available. More info from www.winstonsofwigan.co.uk
  • The Hare & Hounds in Billinge has recently changed hands and are set to feature cask ale.
  • The Bulls Head in Goose Green is having a Firework display and BBQ on Sunday 4 November, contact the pub for more info 01942 234945.
  • The Crown at Worthington is doing a Friday evening offer with 5 Cask Ales available at just £1.89 from 5pm to close (this started on 12 October, but is not valid 8 December to 3 January or 11 January). 


  • The Anvil – the long-term building works in the beer garden is not, as has been rumoured, an extension to the pub but is eventually going to be a covered smoking area.
  • The Silverwell – this pub is one of a select number of pubs which is going to feature Holts monthly special beers Septembers beer is called Golden Boot.
  • The Mechanics in Hindley Green is still boarded up.
  • The Moon Under Water has merited scores of complaint of poor quality of beer recently.
  • Leigh Rugby Club (just out of our area but possibly of interest to those who work or visit the area) is now under the management of Sarah formerly of Sarah’s Hophouse in Golborne. Obvioulsy now doing excellent cask beer and Sarah hopes to have some beers brewed locally to her old recipes by either Boggart or Bank Top which will then be available at the club.
  • Georgia Browns in Hindley (formerly the Imperial) surprisingly is doing 3 beers from the Milestone range and a cask mild.
  • Various local real ale pubs are currently on the market including the Royal Oak in Wigan, Lychgate in Standish, and the Oak Tree Root in Atherton. 


  • Park Lane Club in Bryn is currently selling a reasonable cask Tetley at £1.60 a pint and aims to have a guest beer from local micro breweries soon.
  • The Hare & Hounds in Hindley (ladies Lane) has now reopened as the third Allgates pub in the area follow a minor refurbishment. There are 3 beers on handpump including a cask mild.
  • The Old Dog in Upholland has recently changed its opening times and is now open for those who fancy a good pint from 2pm on Saturdays.
  • The White Lion in Upholland is reported to now be all keg beer.
  • The Foresters in Billinge is reported to be selling cask Cains and a guest beer.
  • The Anderton Arms in Ince has extended its range of cask beers to 3 plus a cask cider.
  • The Gerard Arms in Aspull which had seemed to be in a bit of a decline recently is now faring better and serving 3 cask ales.
  • The Owl at Abbey Lakes - excellent reports of beer quality - Timothy Taylors Landlord, Abbey Lakes (Ruddles County)
  • The Mason Arms at Chadwick Green - excellent reports of beer quality
  • Georgia Browns Café Bar in Hindley (the former Imperial in Market Street) is reported to be serving cask ale.
  • The Seven Stars at Seven Stars Bridge/Pottery Road has recently closed – future of the pub is unkown.
  • The Raven in Wallgate is undergoing a refurbishment – no news yet as to whether they will feature cask ale upon re-opening.
  • The Griffin in Standishgate is now under the ownership of Paul Smith, who used to own the Bowling Green. It is currently undergoing a refurbishment and is expected to open some time in August and sell real ale.
  • The Freemasons in Clapgate Lane, another recent new cask outlet, is now under the ownership of the landlord of the Fox & Goose. There are 3 handpumps, though these are not very prominently displayed, and currently only Black Sheep bitter is available 

JULY 2007

  • The Raven Hotel in Wigan - after going downhill for a few years, this once-mighty boozer in Wigan town centre has finally closed.
  • The Scholes Tavern in Scholes, Wigan - having been beset with problems in recent years, this local pub has been bought by Khalique Miah who has plans to turn it into the Bangla Bar and Lounge. The Indian restaurant, due to open in August, will be the largest in Wigan Borough.
  • The Bridgewater Arms in Hindley - open once again but only offers fizzy beers.
  • Spinners Arms in Hindley - a keg emporium for many years is currently closed and boarded-up.
  • The Pendle Witch in Atherton - just outside our area, this pub has undergone extensive refurbishment and is reported to be selling excellent beers to match its new enhanced surroundings.
  • The Oak Tree Root in Howe Bridge - reported to be selling excellent Black Sheep bitter and a rotating guest beer for a very reasonable £2.05 per pint.
  • Mortimers (formerly the Orange House) in Wigan - has 2 handpumps but so far is not doing cask beer.
  • Park Lane Club in Bryn - currently selling cask Tetley but is in the process of having a second pump fitted for the sale of micro brews.
  • Standish Golf Club in Standish - visitors to this venue, which won our club of the year award recently, should be aware that the club is mainly open in the daytime for golf club members or for functions. As such, it may be best to phone ahead if you are planning to visit as the recent poor weather has meant reduced opening hours. Also, there is not always a turnover for cask beer so this is not always available.JUNE 2007 
  • The Amberswood Tavern in Ince – the landlord tells us he is free from tie to any particular brewery for his real ale and that he intends to keep a regular cask bitter on one of his 2 handpumps. Feedback from anyone who tries the pub and its real ale would be most welcome.
  • The Bulls Head in Goose Green has undergone some slight changes over recent weeks. They no longer do Sunday lunches and food is now only offered on Friday and Saturday. Monday – Thursday the real ale range is limited to 4 cask beers but they will be offering the full 7 beers at weekends. More info on the Bulls Head is available on their website www.bullsheadwigan.co.uk
  • The Victoria in Aspull has had a change of management but is reported to be still serving the excellent Anvil range of beers.
  • The Moorgate in Aspull is also under relatively new management and is reported to be serving 2 real ales with the landlord keen to encourage CAMRA support.
  • The Anderton Arms in Ince is proving to be well worth waiting for with a surprisingly traditional interior and a pleasant atmosphere though real ale sales are sluggish at present with only a choice of 2 beers though reports are that whatever is on offer will be in excellent condition and at £2 per pint is probably one of the cheapest pubs around. The pub also offers Old Rosie cider.
  • Wetherspoons have opened another pub in Leigh – although slightly out of our area we know some of our members work or drink in Leigh on occasions – any feedback on the pub would be welcome.
  • The Beer Engine in Poolstock – now known as Jaydees – are promising to resume offering a cask ale – have not heard if they are doing this yet though.
  • The Swan & Railway in Wigan – new landlord has a 3 year lease and is reported to be doing well with his cask beer – a bit of stability in management is what this pub (and it’s regulars) really deserves !

MAY 2007

  • The Amberswood Tavern in Ince which opens and closes with some startling regularity (perhaps they don’t have a dishwasher and close the pub when they run out of clean glasses ?) is open again and reported to be serving a cask mild – comments from anyone who visits would be helpful.
  • The Anderton Arms in Ince (aka the ‘Longneck’) is ready for business ! They are
    opening on Bank Holiday Monday though may only have 3 real ales on for the time being (they have 5 pumps if there is sufficient demand). As well as real ales they will stock traditional cider and a range of bottled continental beers. So why bother facing the bank holiday traffic on Monday when you can pop along and show your support for Wigan’s newest real ale venue.

APRIL 2007

  • The Old Pear Tree in Wigan - we have received several reports recently of better range and quality of beer on offer.
  • The Boulevard in Wigan - now offering 5 beers. Hours recently changed to close on Monday. Music most of the week.
  • The Red Lion in Hindley – due to re-open soon.
  • The Belle Green in Ince has recently re-opened – no cask ale though
  • The Hare & Hounds in Hindley – shortly to become an Allgates managed pub. Lets hope this sees a significant improvement in the real ale on offer as we have had many disappointing reports that only one beer has been available from this current GBG pub of late.
  • The Running Horses in Orrell – reports that this Marstons pub regularly features 3 cask beers in excellent condition
  • The Sandbrook in Orrell – has had 2 managers in 3 months – no cask ale available.
  • The Lathom House in Orrell has also had a change of landlord but conversely the cask beer is now even better
  • The Swan & Railway in Wigan – has recently seen 3 changes of manager in 1 week – the branch is keen to know if the new manager maintains the quality of cask ale we have recently seen.
  • The Anderton Arms in Ince (aka the ‘Longneck’) is still undergoing refurbishment but is now ‘looking like a pub’ – it is expected to open some time in May.

MARCH 2007

  • The Anderton Arms in Ince (aka the ‘Longneck’) still undergoing refurbishment – apparently even the cellar is being gutted so there can be no excuse for bad beer once it opens.
  • The Tippings in Poolstock is under compulsory purchase order as part of the new development of this area.
  • The Edington Arms in Hindley has acquired the premises next door and plans to extend to provide a dining area. More news soon.
  • The White Swan in Pemberton, which has been closed for a few months for a refurbishments, has been re-opened and now features 3 handpumps though long term whether these are all constantly occupied will depend on the public demand for cask beer 


  • The Fox & Goose in Wigan is reported to have extended its range of cask beers. Until recently they only sold Holts beers but added Black Sheep and Green King IPA or Abbot.
  • The Kirkless Hall Inn in New Springs has a new licensee and is not selling cask ales at present.
  • The Victoria in Up Holland has been refurbished and now serves cask ales from the Marstons range.
  • The Bridgewater Arms in Hindley is closed and boarded up
  • The Victoria in Aspull - now open – 5 handpumps, 3 of which will be dedicated to Allgates beer range whilst the other 2 will be for guest beers.
  • The Anderton Arms in Ince (aka the ‘Longneck’) some refurb work has been observed to be underway – we hope to have more news soon


  • The Amberswood Tavern in Ince - this pub is again boarded up for what must be the sixth time in the last 12 months – let us know if you know what is happening – we assume that they don’t put the boards up every time the window cleaner comes late !
  • The New Inn in Aspull – now re-opened after refurbishment, sources say it’s even better than before.
  • The Victoria in Aspull - due to re-open in early February following a major refurb under the ownership of Ian Thorpe and Donna Orme of the Anvil, managed by CAMRA enthusiast David Gleave. The pub will feature 2 Allgates brews, Thwaites mild, and 1 guest beer.
  • The Anderton Arms in Ince (aka the ‘Longneck’) has apparently been bought by the owner of the Turks Head (GBG2007 pub in St Helens) who plans to feature 3 cask beers plus bottled continental beers. As the pub has been quite run down we expect it will be some time before we are in a position to report on the opening date.

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