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Local Pub News (2010) | Print |


  • The Venture in Highfield is now open following the refurbishment but is now part of the “Sizzling Pub Co” – no news on whether cask beer is still available.
  • The Hare and Hounds in Billinge - cask beer is reported to be in good condition.
  • The Nags Head in Ashton - cask ale is on sale at £1.50 a pint however the quality is reported to be inconsistent.
  • The Robin Hood in Ashton – reported to be selling Greene King IPA but not sampled.
  • The Balcarres Arms in Aspull has recently re-opened following a refurbishment.
  • The Moorgate in Aspull has also re-opened and is selling 4 cask ales form the Marstons range
  • The Crooke Hall Inn in Crooke Village is now under new management - Liane McPhelim who was formerly Customer Care/Sales and Brewery Tour Guide at Allgates Brewery.


  • The Venture in Highfield is now selling up to 3 cask beers at any one time but note that the pub is closed for a refurb from 1st-15th November.
  • The Hare and Hounds in Billinge, which re-opened recently, is now selling cask beer.
  • The Nags Head in Ashton (formerly the Golden Lion) is again selling cask beer – Bombardier and Deuchars IPA at last visit.
  • Fifteens of Ashton (formerly the Cross Keys) has up to 3 cask beers on at any time.


  • The Stag in Orrell is reported to be serving real ale.
  • The Park Hotel in Landgate (Bryn),is also reported to be serving real ale.
  • Standish Golf Club is now open again, without the Moorhouses tie, and has been serving Prospect beers amongst others.
  • The Orwell in Wigan is another venue at which real ale is anticipated "soon" - watch this space.
  • Hartley’s Emporium in Standishgate, Wigan has finally re-opened following the major fire late last year and is selling cask beers from the Marston’s range.


  • The Charles Dicken in Upper Dicconson Street is currently closed as is the nearby Market Tavern.
  • Hare & Hounds in Billinge and the Bird I’th Hand in Gathurst also appear to be closed.
  • On the positive side the Travellers Rest in Pemberton is due to open in about 5 weeks as a freehouse – not yet known if they will do cask beer.
  • Hartleys Emporium is due to re-open in 5 weeks – again we do not yet know if they will do cask beer.


  • The Gerrard Arms in Aspull is now owned by the former owner of Gallaghers in Little Scotland and is reported to be selling Black Sheep, Tetleys and Prospect beers.
  • The Ben Jonson in Goose Green is rumoured to be having a conversion of the first floor to flats but keeping the pub on the ground floor.
  • The Old Engine in Orrell is rumoured to have been bought by a building developer.
  • The Stocks Tavern in Parbold is now under new management (Gareth) but still selling real ale.
  • The Red Lion in Ladies Lane, Hindley is now being managed by John, who formerly managed the Stocks Tavern in Parbold
  • The Bowling Green on Wigan Lane is selling 3 cask beers.
  • The White Lion in Upholland has Thwaites Wainwrights available
  • The Britannia in Upholland has real ale available
  • The Fifteen, formerly Gems, in Dicconson Street has 4 real ales available (3 guests and Tetley bitter)
  • The Shamrock in Standish has 5 real ales available
  • The Vale Royal in Orrell has Greene King and Lancaster Bomber available
  • Just outside of our area, All Gates brewery are buying the Jolly Nailor in Atherton.
  • Not far from there, The Railway in Tyldesley has just had a handpump installed after years of being keg only. We are told that it is a lovely little back street pub with original green tiles on the exterior. The landlord (Earl) is a little eccentric when it comes to dressing up the pub for events - he still has the turrets in place outside from when he decorated it as a castle for St Georges Day last year! 

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