Good prospects for the Ben Jonson


The Ben Jonson pub in Goose Green re-opened on 7th April 2017 after a period of closure.

Matt, the new licensee, is a keen supporter of real ale and was previously employed at the Lychgate Tavern in Standish. On opening night Prospect’s Silver Tally and Nutty Slack accompanied Sharps Doom Bar and Thwaites Wainwrights on handpulls. Matt intends to provide a variety of cask ales.

The pub is a welcome addition to the Wigan real ale scene.

Trivia alert !! It is thought that the unusual name of the pub is named after Ben Jonson, the poet and playwright. If you know different, let us know. A former landlord was Keith Holding, who was the father-in-law of ex-Wigan RL star Terry Newton. father in law.

Address : Ben Jonson, 702 Warrington Road, Goose Green, Wigan, WN3 6XN
Links : Whatpub ; Facebook

The return of Charles Dickens


Alan and Tracy Branagan have left Docherty’s pub in Swinley which has now been taken over by Ian Williams, former landlord of the nearby Griffin Hotel.

Ian’s first action was to revert to the original name of the pub – the Charles Dickens, arguably England’s most famous novelist. In so doing, the pub has had a history-themed revamp with future plans to re-open the bedrooms on the upper floor for overnight stays. The official opening took place on April 8th.

The on-site Mayflower brewery will be retained with Alan Branagan remaining as head brewer.

For more info, see article in Wigan Today.

Beeches Hotel closes suddenly


Administrators have been called in following last week’s mysterious closure of the Beeches Hotel in Standish. The popular hotel left customers in the dark after failing to open without warning last weekend.

Plans for weddings, birthday parties and wakes were left in chaos, and customers were unable to get in touch with the venue’s management; instead having to find out through word of mouth that the hotel had run into difficulties.

CG Recovery, a Manchester based insolvency firm, has been appointed to handle the liquidation process. Filing history from Companies House shows that the registered office of the hotel was changed on January 19th to the offices of CG Recovery.
Guess, it’s now a case of ‘watch this space’?
.For more information, please see articles in Wigan Today – article 1 ; article 2


Fury as Griffin Hotel is put up for sale


A Wigan landlord has vented his frustration at being told his pub would be put up for sale by its owners. Ian Williams was suddenly informed earlier this week by The Griffin Hotel’s owners, Admiral Taverns, that the town centre pub would be put on the market.

It is believed that Admiral Taverns plans to sell The Griffin with a view to turning the building into apartments. A similar fate happened to the Famous Pagefield hotel in Springfield, which closed several years ago, but has been the subject of a recent planning application to turn it into flats.
Mr Williams took over the running of the pub in 2013. A 100-year-old historic building, its most famous landlord was Billy Boston whose late daughter Angela Dainty also ran it for a time. But it also had periods of closure before its latest rescue by Mr Williams.
Mr Williams took over the running of the pub in 2013 and came with many big plans, including restoring the Griffin as a hotel as well as a watering hole. An historic building, its most famous landlord was Billy Boston, but it also had periods of closure before its latest rescue by Mr Williams.
For more info, see article in Wigan Today

Pie launched from Wigan pub


If you walked past the Fifteens at The Fox pub in Roby Mill, Wigan at around 10.30am on December 15th 2016, you may have seen a group of men in white lab coats stood in the car park, watching a pie sail into space.

In what has been described as ‘a monumental day for Wigan’, a man attached a meat and potato pie to a weather balloon and launched it into the sky. Why? To see if it’ll be easier to eat, so he can win the World Pie Eating Championships the following week.

Tony Callaghan, who chose his local pub for the launch, said he’d picked up some ‘space geeks’ from Yorkshire to help with the mission. ‘We want to see if the altitude affects [the pie’s] molecular structure and so make it easier to swallow during the competition,’ he said.

Before they could launch the pie, however, the team had to gain permission from the Civil Aviation Authority, who would only approve take-off if the weather was suitable.

Fortunately, the skies were clear on the day, so the pie was tethered to a balloon in hopes that it would reach an altitude of 100,000 feet. At this point, it would burst, bringing the pie crashing back down to earth at up to 100mph.

The pastry, which was fitted with a radar reflector to ensure other aircraft picked it up as it travelled, took some incredible pictures during its unique journey.

Article courtesy of The Metro newspaper, see full article.