facebook.pngWigan & district branch of the Campaign for Real Ale  twitter.png

Local Pub News (2009) | Print |


  • Pit Pony in Ashton is now open advertising sports – keg only.
  • Old Pear Tree in Wigan has Marstons, Pedigree, Ugly Sisters available
  • Swinley 15 in Wigan (ex Gems) has Allgates available
  • Old Engine at Orrell shows no signs of life other than a man with a clipboard.
  • Old Springs at Kitt Green is up for sale
  • Shamrock in Standish is being redecorated.
  • Alexandra at Hindley Green has now closed.
  • Barristers at Blackrod (ex Green Barn) has 5 hand pumps.
  • Bird I’th Hand at Gathurst is now closed.
  • Hartleys in Wigan is now closed due to fire.
  • Kings Arms in Ashton is closed.
  • Eagle and Child at Ashton Heath is rumoured to be due to close in January.
  • Bowling Green on Wigan Lane has Tetley, Landlord and the World’s Biggest Liar available 2 out of 3 were in good condition at the time of the visit. Also has Cask Marque
  • The Swinley on Wigan Lane has Black Sheep available and is considering having a beer festival
  • Horseshoe at Standish has been painted, got new staff and has Jennings and Marston available
  • The Orwell in Wigan has lights on and an open sign but we have not had any reports from anyone who has been in yet.
  • Dover Lock at Platt Bridge has Dover Lock bitter available from Greys brewery at Bolton.
  • Horseshoe at Standish has been painted, got new staff and has Jennings and Marston available


  • The Orwell in Wigan was rumoured to be opening as a cabaret venue in October but so far it seems still far from opening – anyone who notices anything keep us posted !
  • The Bowling Green on Wigan Lane is now a karaoke bar – please let us know if this is still doing real ale and if it is whether it is drinkable !
  • Winstons (formerly Gems) of Upper Dicconson Street is now called 'Fifteens of Swinley' – part of the Yesteryear chain which owns 'Little Fifteen', 'Harry’s Bar' and 'Fifteen' in Pemberton. Aim to have Tetleys. Allgates and guest beers.
  • Nearby Swinley Club (formerly Swinley Labour Club) is selling cask beer – Holts and Black Sheep have featured there recently (not at the same time though). Feedback on quality would be welcome.
  • The Gerard Arms in Aspull is under new ownership – anyone know if it is doing cask beer ?
  • The Tippings in Poolstock has now re-opened as part of a company called Priceless Inns, which is in turn part of the Bravo Inns company who own the Eagle & Child in Billinge and is selling Coach House cask beers.
  • Not in our area, the Green Barn on the A6 in Blackrod is now called Barristers and is rumoured to be connected to the GBG listed Barristers Bar at the Swan Hotel in Bolton.


  • Nick, formerly of the Swan & Railway, is having meetings regarding taking on a new pub in the Wigan area – his pre-requisite being that he should be able to serve real ale !
  • No news on the Swan & Railway in Wigan – does anyone know if they are current doing real ale ?
  • Another old friend of ours, Greg Liptrot, is now managing the Hare & Hounds pub in Hindley and reports are coming in that the quality of the beer there has improved.
  • Fifteen in Pemberton is getting good reports for the beer. Deuchars IPA is the regular plus a rotating guest.
  • The Miners Lamp in Pemberton the Miners Lamp has Lancaster Bomber
  • The White Swan in Pemberton has Black Sheep on sale.
  • The Brittania in Upholland also sells Black Sheep, however the licensee is willing to expand the range if demand permits.
  • The Old Engine in Kitt Green is up for sale – let’s hope the new owner takes note of the increasing popularity of real ale !
  • The Dog & Partridge in Standish closed recently.
  • The Bowling Green in Wigan Lane is also currently closed and rumoured to become a karaoke bar.
  • The Stocks Tavern in Parbold has reopened after some lengthy refurbishments and is now selling George Wright and Prospect beers.
  • The Crown in New Springs is now turning over even more Prospect beers, apparently of excellent quality.
  • The Orwell is rumoured to be opening soon as a cabaret venue – keep us posted ! 


  • Nick has now left the Swan & Railway – let’s hope that the new tenant continues to sell real ale and keep out the riff-raff who used to frequent this pub 6 or 7 years ago.
  • Various pubs re-opened recently some doing real ale others not :Anderton in Ince (RA), Watersedge Appley Bridge (RA), Black Diamond Ince (say there is no call for real ale), Bird I’th Hand Gathurst (RA – reported to be in good condition).Our old favourite the Old Pear Tree is doing Pedigree only.
  • The Red Lion in Hindley is under new ownership – free of tie but doing Thwaites at the moment. Perhaps the manager can be pursuaded to be a bit more adventurous with his beers ? It does reasonable food all day also.
  • The Caledonian in Ashton is switching from John Smiths to Thwaites
  • Also the Railway in Platt Bridge (top of Moss Lane) is now doing real ale.

JULY 2009

  • Following Lynn & Daves’ departure from the Old Pear Tree sadly no cask beer is currently being sold.
  • The Bird I’th Hand in Gathurst has re-opened – no news yet on whether it is selling cask ales.
  • The Watersedge in Appley Bridge has re-opened – no info on the beer but said to be food oriented.
  • The Sandbrook in Orrell has re-opened but is not doing cask beers at present.
  • The Bird I’th Hand in Gidlow Lane is currently up for sale as are the Pit Pony in Ashton and the Bath Springs in Bryn
  • The Vale Royal also in Gathurst is now selling Greene King IPA and Lancaster Bomber.
  • Work is underway to re-open the Stocks Tavern in Parbold – the licensee promoted a significant improvement in the range and quality of beers at the Windmill when he moved there last year so watch this space !
  • More good news is that the Crown in New Springs has been re-opened as a free-house and is currently selling Prospect beers. Its location makes it an ideal stopping off point for a canal side walk during the summer so why not take a look.

JUNE 2009

  • The Bath Springs at Bryn has been sold on to Burtonwood – no news yet on whether they will continue to sell cask beer (formerly sold an indifferent pint of Tetleys).
  • The Pit Pony in Ashton is now closed (again)
  • Jaydees (the Beer Engine in old money) in Poolstock is to become a 350 cover restaurant called the “Shanghai Palace” selling Cantonese, Thai and some Japanese cuisine. It is owned by well-known restaurateur Joe Farley and is due to open in August.

MAY 2009

  • In Ince, the Black Diamond and White Swan are now both closed.
  • The Bath Springs at Bryn is up for sale. The pub normally sells cask Tetley.
  • Although out of our area we‟d like to mention the Ship at Burscough (more colloquially known as the “Blood Tub”). This former real ale mecca was taken over by Cains after their purchase of Honeycomb Leisure a couple of years ago, the pub suffered as it was only allowed to sell Cains beers putting off many a loyal visitor. Cains sold it on after they had their well-publicised financial problems and we have heard reports that this pub has returned to form and is now serving guest beers and has started to hold beer festivals again. On the canal side it is a great venue to visit whilst out walking.
  • Jaydees (the Beer Engine in old money) in Poolstock is currently closed – rumours of a refurbishment ?
  • The Wiggin Tree in Parbold is now the Miller & Carter steakhouse and no longer does real ale.
  • The Watersedge in Appley Bridge is still closed.
  • The Waterwheel in Scholes is serving Black Sheep at £1.85 a pint.
  • The Dicconson Arms in Wrightington is doing 3 cask beers.
  • The Charnley Arms at Almond Brook Standish is doing cask Old Speckled Hen.
  • The Railway at Garswood now does 3 cask beers throughout the week, priced between £2.15 and £2.30 for stronger beers.

APRIL 2009

  • Stewart, duty manager of the Wetherspoons outlet Sir Thomas Gerrard in Ashton is moving to replace Shaun as deputy manager at The Brocket and leaving Tom who has been assisting Stewart in running the cellar at Tom & Gerrys to maintain standards there. Both of these Wetherspoons outlets are 2009 Good Beer Guide pubs so we are keen to have feedback good or bad on how these fare in the next few months.
  • The Wiggin Tree in Parbold is currently closed for a refurbishment.
  • Also in Parbold John has now left the Windmill to return to manage the Stocks Tavern just a couple of hundred yards down the road. Richard Anderson, also a previous manager at the Stocks, is to take over at The Windmill shortly. The Stocks is currently closed for major refurbishment – lets hope this means that standards at the Windmill will be maintained and that the Stocks will improve under Johns direction !
  • Brunels (formerly the Victoria) in Wigan is closed for a refurbishment
  • Not our area but a local GBG outlet the Beechams Bar in St Helens is to close from 1st April.

MARCH 2009

  • ????


  • The Sandbrook is now open Thursday to Sunday only but is offering Mayflower beers and a lager at £2 per pint.
  • The Keepers in Woodhouse Lane is reported to be doing real ale following a change of manager last summer. A varied guest is on at present but this may be increased if there is a demand.
  • The Beacon in Dalton is reported to be much improved selling Jennings plus 2 other Marstons beers.
  • The Golden Lion in Ashton (formerly a Cains pub) has been sold and is currently closed undergoing some structural work.
  • The Old Engine in Orrell is up for rent but is still open at present.
  • The Horseshoe in Standish is now closed again.
  • The Brocket is holding a comedy night on Wednesday 18th February featuring an MC and 3 top comedians – tickets are £6 but qualify for a discount on meals.
    This is to be followed by a special beer festival running from 19th February to 1st March. See separate beer list. Guest beers will be on sale at £1.49 per pint. Also available will be Abbot at £1.79 and a credit crunch beer at 99p (Green King IPA whilst stocks last then Green King Ruddles). The Brocket also has plans to stock the champion beer of Britain (Alton’s Pride Triple F) during National Cask Ale Week (6th – 13th April)
  • The Kings Arms In Ashton is selling a guest cask ale however currently there is only sufficient demand for one cask per week which he puts on at weekends


  • The Sandbrook is shortly to come under new management – not known if they will still do real ale.
  • Wetherspoons (love ‘em or hate ‘em !) are doing a credit crunch beating offer on several drinks including Greene King IPA at 99p a pint. The offer also includes a limited selection of meals at £2.99. No time limit on this at present.



Copyright © 2015 Wigan CAMRA Branch
The views expressed upon this website are those of individual contributors and not necessarily those of CAMRA or the local Branch. 

RocketTheme Joomla Templates