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.

Licence bid for brewery taproom


Wily Fox brewery hopes drinkers can raise a glass to its future achievements after applying for a licence for its brewery tap.

Wily Fox, based on the Martland Business Park, has asked Wigan Council for permission to sell alcohol in the bar room at its Kellet Close headquarters.

The application asks for the supply of alcohol and regulated entertainment to be allowed in the on-site taproom between 11am and 12.30am Monday to Sunday. The brewery is hoping to host tours of its facilities for selected groups such as enthusiasts from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and stresses it is not looking to open a watering hole which the public can simply walk into off the street.

For more info, see the full article published by ‘Wigan Today

Thwaites’ new brewery approved


Daniel Thwaites has been given the green light for its new headquarters. The company, based in Blackburn, is to build its new head office at Mellor Brook, some five miles away. The site, which will open in spring 2018, will include a heritage centre and a new £8 million brewery.

Most of Thwaites brewing assets, including the successful golden ale Wainwright’s, were sold to Marston’s in 2015, leaving Thwaites only producing smaller-run beers such as the mild Nutty Black and its speciality beer range.

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