New managers at The Crown in New Springs

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After more than 10 years at the helm, Kent Winrow has stepped down as landlord at this popular pub in New Springs on the outskirts of Wigan. He has been replaced by local residents, Lynn and Steve Salter. Thankfully, they aim to keep it as a traditional pub serving cask ale.

For more, see https://bit.ly/2PuKgnW

Paul calls time on Martland Mill Brewery

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After nearly five years at the helm, Paul and Delia Wood have decided to call time on the brewery they established in March 2014. The brewery has been put up for sale so that they could focus more on family life.

However, the Tap ‘n’ Barrel, Martland Mill’s micropub in Jaxon’s Court, will still be run by Paul and Delia although it will lose its tie and become a free house.

For more, see https://bit.ly/2W8OyUz

Craft Beer and Gin Bar opens in Orrell

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Posthouse, which is next to the post office on Orrell Road but actually takes its name from the Orrell Post crossroads and its nearby monument, is a craft beer and gin bar created by company Hop and Fizz.

Ashton-born Dan Osborne is behind the bar as manager after a career including working at a convention centre in Dublin and in Liverpool restaurants.

For more, see https://bit.ly/2UXLApm

Hophurst Brewery scoops top award

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At the recent Manchester Beer and Cider Festival, Hindley-based Hophurst brewery took the spoils from the Manchester Brewers Challenge thanks to its milkshake porter “Porteresque”.

The 5.5% dark beverage was crowned by a panel of blind tasting judges as the favourite cask ale put forward by Greater Manchester and Manchester breweries for sampling.

For more, see https://bit.ly/2IQYE9V

New owner for the Crown at Worthington

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Publican, a local Wigan company, has purchased The Crown at Worthington and plans to open it once more as a pub, restaurant and small hotel more than two years after it closed its doors.

The Crown closed in early 2016 and plans were initially submitted to the council for a housing development to go there. That prompted a public outcry, with a residents’ group called ‘Save The Crown’ being formed to block the plans.

Over the years, The Crown has won multiple CAMRA awards culminating in being the Greater Manchester Pub of the Year in 2009 and subsequently a finalist in CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year.

For more, see https://bit.ly/2PuK4oI

Welcome to Wigan’s new brewers’ club

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The Wigan Home Brewers’ Club may have only held its first meeting in November last year, but it’s now turned into a regular monthly event. And what better place to host such a rendezvous than dedicated real ale and cider bar Wigan Central?

A merry band of ale enthusiasts gather to sample, discuss and appreciate the liquid nectar. Joe Carletti, a home brewer and supervisor at the venue began the meetings to encourage people to bring forward their recipes for group tasting feedback.

For more, see https://bit.ly/2L8u2Tf

Renovations begin at the Swan and Railway

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John Brierley, new owner of the town’s historic Swan and Railway pub, has confirmed that work is due to commence to restore the pub to its former glory.

Having purchased the pub from Marstons, John’s plans for the pub include 7 handpumps with three of those dedicated to cask beers from local breweries. However, John would not be drawn on a possible re-opening date.

For more, see https://bit.ly/2L8LDtZ

Sherrington’s Bar opens to the public

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After a soft-opening the night before, Sherrington’s Bar on Kenyon Road in Wigan was scheduled to open it’s doors to the public at 5pm on Friday, September 28th. However, due to the exceptional good weather, they opened earlier than planned (at 11.30am) so that customers could take advantage of the outdoor terrace. This fabulous new bar offers 6 cask ales on handpull and 10 keg beer fonts. Three cask ales were locally-sourced from the Wily Fox brewery whilst the three guest beers all came from excellent breweries – Brewsmith, Siren and Neptune. Typical pricing – from £3.40 per pint for Wily Fox ales.

Sherrington’s becomes the latest addition to the burgeoning Wigan beer scene – last month saw the addition of the Hop House at the John Bull Chop House and next month sees the opening of Real Ale Revolution in Winstanley. Beer drinkers in Wigan have never had it so good!!

Boathouse in Appley Bridge closing down

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The Boathouse Pub and Kitchen, in Appley Bridge, will pour its last pints and serve its last plates this Sunday, September 30, after brothers Jonathan and Grant Ainsworth made the tough decision to say goodbye to the borough after four successful years. The twins opened the canal-side venue in 2014, taking over the former Water’s Edge site. It is not known whether the property owners, Star Pubs and Bars, were looking for new tenants. For more, see https://bit.ly/2DAEqzk