All change at Windmill Brewery and beyond


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.

A wind of change on the brewing scene is happening not just locally but across our region and further afield. Alphabet Brewing, one of Manchester’s top craft breweries, are seeking a new head brewer. Meanwhile, just across the city, Beatnikz Republic are looking to expand and appoint a Senior Brewer. Over in Hebden Bridge, Vocation Brewery are also in the market for a Head Brewer. Up in Cumbria, Fell Brewery are seeking to appoint a brewer.

Nationwide, some of the country’s top breweries are also looking for brewing staff. These include :- Pig and Porter (Lead Brewer) ; Swannay (Lead Brewer) ; Sonnet 43 (Lead Brewer) ; Siren Craft (Lead Brewer and Brewer) ; Fourpure {Assistant Brewer) ; North Brewing (Brewer / Assistant Brewer).

Details of these brewing vacancies can be found on the SIBA website.


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.

[read more]

Back to brewing in the brewhouse


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, formerly used by AllGates.

Mr Blythe has purchased all the equipment inside the brewery from AllGates boss David Mayhall and also quickly came to an agreement to sell Wigan Brewhouse pints in Mr Mayhall’s network of pubs..Brewer Jonathan Provost, who leads the four-strong team, worked there in its All Gates guise and is currently creating well-established brews and new creations.The firm has re-branded some of the beers and created a new logo, while Martin is keen to use his food background to explore adding new ingredients and flavours to traditional British ales.

[read more]