Local breweries excel at North West Beer Competition


The North West Beer Competition organised by the Society of Independent Brewers Association (SIBA) was held at the Macron Stadium in Bolton on 4th October 2017..

No less than 4 Wigan breweries picked up 8 awards between them thus further enhancing Wigan’s reputation as a beer town.

Wily Fox, based at Martland Mill, picked up three awards (two golds and a silver) for their bottled beers whilst the Windmill Brewery in Standish also picked up a silver award for a bottled beer. Hophurst Brewery in Hindley picked up a bronze award in the cask category whilst Prospect Brewery picked up 3 awards (two golds and a bronze) for both cask and bottled beers.

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Enjoyable night of dark events in a Wigan bar


Crime fans flocked to a Wigan pub for a bumper evening of murder and mystery as authors from across the country descended on the town.

Noir at the Wigan Bar showcased some of the north’s finest writers of police procedural novels in an event organised by Orrell author Malcolm Hollingdrake. Wigan Central was crammed with around 100 literature enthusiasts to hear the authors all read an extract from their work and get to meet the people behind their favourite page-turning reads.

For more info, see article in Wigan Today

Haigh Hall’s Foodie fest set to be a winner with a German Beer Festival


A three-day Oktoberfest will run from September 29th to October 1st, and will take place in a large marquee with a connecting Bavarian Biergarten next to the kitchen courtyard as part of the Haigh Hall Food Festival.

Oktoberfest opening times are:
Friday, September 29th : 19:00-24:00 (tickets only)
Saturday, September 30th : 12:00-17:30 (open session)
Saturday, September 30th : 19:00-24:00 (ticket only)
Sunday, October 1st : 12:00-17:00 (open session).

For more, see article in Wigan Today

Top prize for rail ale pub!


Wigan Central, the brainchild of the town’s Prospect Brewery has been impressing visitors since opening in the railway arch on Queen Street adjacent to Wigan North Western station in December 2014. It has now been named as the best pub in Greater Manchester by the Campaign for Real Ale.

For more, see article in Wigan Today