Several businesses are seeking approval to serve alcohol to punters in busy town centre zones across the borough. On the council’s current list of pending licensing applications, there are five applications for “new premises licences” three of which fall into areas covered by the “cumulative impact policy”. [more]
Plans to establish a micro-brewery on the site of a former police station on Castle Hill Road in Hindley have been given the green light by the town hall. The main building is now a dental laboratory and the brewing process will take the place from an existing garage. [more]
A gin and wine business is looking to bring the real ale revolution to Winstanley. Lindsay Porter, who runs Portland Wines, wants to turn the former Winstanley Cafe in the area’s arcade into a microbar. She has teamed up with Andy Evans from the Cricketers Arms in St Helens in this exciting new venture. The bar will be named ‘Real Ale Revolution 1’. [more]
Windmill Brewery in Standish have appointed a new Head Brewer. Jon Pilling introduced himself at the most recent Wigan CAMRA Branch meeting and explained the ambitious plans for himself and the brewery. John brings a vast wealth of knowledge and experience that will undoubtedly stand them in good stead to achieve their goals.
Marston’s are seeking to build a new public house and restaurant on open land south of B&Q on Frith Street on the outskirts of Wigan. Plans also include the development of a 39-bedroomed hotel with associated car parking and ancillary development. The Planning Application was received on the week ending 13th April 2018 and the Planning Application Reference Number is A/18/85336/MAJ.
Plans to transform a former ice-cream cafe into a microbar on the outskirts of Wigan town centre have been green-lit by councillors. Proposals for 57 Kenyon Road, which will see the now-vacant building turned into a upmarket cafe and bar. Four local businessmen will embark upon the new enterprise, including Phil Cox – co-owner of the Wily Fox Brewery. The bar, named “Sherrington’s” after the hardware store which used to occupy the site, will include a small outdoor seating terrace to the front of the building. [more]
The future of the Beeches Hotel in Standish has been shrouded in mystery since its sudden closure 14 months ago. However, the future is now bright having been taken over by hospitality firm Elle R Leisure, which is also responsible for the famous Albert’s chain in Manchester, Didsbury and Worsley. Plans have been submitted to create an upgraded restaurant, bar and function venue. A decision on the planning application is expected in early May. [more]
Brewing has restarted in what was All Gates Brewery in Wigan town centre, but the brewery now has a new owner and a new name. Martin Blythe has achieved his long-held ambition of getting into the brewing sector by setting up Wigan Brewhouse in the venue off Wallgate. [more]
Hophurst Brewery, based in Hindley, has welcomed its first customers through the door of its new microbar after a long saga to gain its own watering hole. The Twisted Vine Ale House, in Ashton-in-Makerfield, is an intriguing blend of old and new, with a modern industrial theme and keg beers alongside no fewer than seven handpumps for real ale including a selection of Hophurst’s own brews. [more]
The beer sparkler ….. possibly one of the world’s greatest inventions for beer? Guaranteed to give a ‘good head’ on a pint of beer which it is generally loved by us Northerners and despised by Southerners. Incredibly the beer sparkler was first patented over 130 years ago – by George Barker in 1886. His patent claimed – ‘Barker’s patent aerator of beer, stout, porter and other liquors is a new invention for improving the flavour and appearance especially of beer. Flat beer drawn through it becomes quite palatable, the apparatus so being arranged that the air of the place where the tap is placed thoroughly permeates the beer. The result is a rich creamy head, and a much lighter and more sparkling appearance than any, even the finest, beers possess when simply drawn through the ordinary tap without the aerator.’
Perhaps even more incredibly, at the time of the invention/patent, George Barker was the licensee of the Crown Hotel on Manchester Road in Higher Ince which would have been the first pub to use a beer sparkler. The pub sadly closed in the 1970’s but it’s legacy lives on. Another first for the Wigan pub scene!!