Festival ales and pie to nourish jazz fans


Visitors to this year’s Wigan International Jazz Festival will not only get nourishment for the soul from some of the finest musicians on the planet but also be able to tend to their physical hungers with a new range of specially commissioned food and drink.

Following the success of their festival beer last year, Wigan’s Martland Mill Brewery has doubled its efforts to produce two festival ales.

The brewery will also be running its own beer festival from the Friday to the Sunday of the festival in its pub the Tap and Barrel in Jaxon’s Court, Wigan, where bosses expect to have around a dozen ales from the brewery along with several guest beers.

The ales will be ideally complemented by a bespoke Festival Pie (chicken, ham and mushroom with a secret recipe gravy) created by Greehalgh’s Bakery.

For more, see article in Wigan Today.

Arches could become new bar and restaurant scene


A trio of disused Wigan railway arches could be transformed into a row of bars and restaurants if a planning bid is given the green light.

Network Rail has submitted plans to the town hall relating to premises on Queen Street adjacent to the popular Wigan Central drinking venue.

The application is for the current vacant spaces to be given restaurant, cafe and bar usage status, paving the way for a major refurbishment project.

For more, see article in Wigan Today.

Wiganer’s react to bomb scare by going to the pub


How do Wiganer’s react to a bomb scare? By going to the pub of course.

It came after undercover officers swooped on a suspect with a “suspicious package” in connection with the Manchester Arena bombing. Police cordoned off the road next to the Cherry Gardens pub in Wigan as the bomb squad were called to a house nearby.

Dozens of people were evacuated from their homes and many sought refuge in the pub and enjoyed a pint in the sunshine whilst the police went about their duties. What a very British way to stand up against the terrorists?!

For more, read the article in The Sun

Pub in late night noise row


The Kings Arms in Ashton-in-Makerfield has been criticised by local resident Michael Moulding for anti-social behaviour and not showing enough respect for its neighbours and has called for its premises licence to be reviewed.

A number of errors have also been spotted in the terms of the licence which the Warrington Road pub is currently operating under.

For more, see article in Wigan Today.

Bar and food court is a massive boost for pier venue


Plans to kick-start the redevelopment of Wigan Pier with a new leisure and events facility have taken a major step forward.

Businessman David Mayhall’s proposal to transform the former Monks Car Sales showroom on Southgate into a trendy industrial-themed bar and food court has been approved by Wigan Council.

Mr Mayhall’s Two Left Feet Brewery is currently hard at work creating a food venue and tap in the Kitchen Courtyard at Haigh Woodland Park. That means work at the pier venue is not expected to start until autumn but Mr Mayhall hopes to spend around two months’ refitting it, enabling it to open just before Christmas.

For more, see article in Wigan Today.