Marston’s seeking to build a new pub in Wigan


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.

The decision is currently ‘delegated’ so it’s a case of watch this space or you can track its progress via the Council’s Planning Application search facility.

An application for a Premises Licence has also been submitted for entertainment and supply of alcohol (on and off the premises) as follows : Sunday – Thursday 10:00 – 00:00, Friday – Saturday 10:00 – 01:00. Provision of Late Night Refreshment: Sunday – Thursday 23:00 – 00:00, Friday – Saturday 23:00 – 01:00. Hours Open to the Public: Sunday – Thursday 07:00 – 00:30, Friday – Saturday 07:00 – 01:30. Various Non Standard Timings – details of which can be viewed by contacting the Licensing Section on 01942 404627.

Microbar to open on outskirts of Wigan


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. The site was previously home to “Will and Joe’s” cafe, which closed after just two months of trading due to a spate of burglaries and arson attacks. 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.

For more, see article in ‘Wigan Today‘.


New lease of life for The Beeches


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.

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Long-awaited micropub opens in Ashton


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.

The Twisted Vine also reflects Hophurst’s work as a social enterprise re-training unemployed over 50s, with John Lennox who came through that programme installed as the bar manager alongside four other members of staff.

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Wigan Central make it to the final !!!


Wigan Central has just been voted into the final four in the National Pub of the Year organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Massive congratulations to manageress, Jo Whalley, and all her hard-working and dedicated staff.

A further round of voting will take place before the eventual winner will be announced in February 2018. It’s only the second time that a pub from the Wigan CAMRA Branch area has received such an accolade, the other being the sadly demised Crown at Worthington in 2009. The are 4500 pubs listed in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide so reaching the final four is a fantastic achievement.

Congratulations are also in order to the Cricketers Arms in St Helens who have also been selected in the final four. A Wigan/Saints final in real ale rather than rugby league. We can all drink to that!!

This is great news, not just for the Wigan pub scene but the North West as a whole, as it will inevitably attract more discerning beer drinkers to the area.

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