Pub chain JD Wetherspoon is to enforce a ban on dogs from just under 1,000 venues across the UK and the Republic of Ireland from 10 September. Among the reasons given for the ban were concerns for the safety of children and hygiene. [more]
Several businesses are seeking approval to serve alcohol to punters in busy town centre zones across the borough. On the council’s current list of pending licensing applications, there are five applications for “new premises licences” three of which fall into areas covered by the “cumulative impact policy”. [more]
BrewDog has decided that the best way to promote its new video on demand network is via a parody porn website. The BrewDog Network will offer a broad range of beer, food, travel and entertainment shows. The subscription will cost £4.99 per month. [more]
British women are now among the world’s biggest drinkers. The UK is almost unique in having no difference in the amount of alcohol men and women consume. [more]
Plans to establish a micro-brewery on the site of a former police station on Castle Hill Road in Hindley have been given the green light by the town hall. The main building is now a dental laboratory and the brewing process will take the place from an existing garage. [more]
Tollgate Brewery has been urged to apologise over an “inappropriate” beer named for a Hindu goddess and featuring her image on the label. Members of the Hindu community criticised the brewery over its Kalika IPA, which showed a picture of the goddess (Kalika) who is highly revered in Hinduism. [more]
A gin and wine business is looking to bring the real ale revolution to Winstanley. Lindsay Porter, who runs Portland Wines, wants to turn the former Winstanley Cafe in the area’s arcade into a microbar. She has teamed up with Andy Evans from the Cricketers Arms in St Helens in this exciting new venture. The bar will be named ‘Real Ale Revolution 1’. [more]
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.
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.
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. 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. [more]