The Boathouse Pub and Kitchen, in Appley Bridge, will pour its last pints and serve its last plates this Sunday, September 30, after brothers Jonathan and Grant Ainsworth made the tough decision to say goodbye to the borough after four successful years. The twins opened the canal-side venue in 2014, taking over the former Water’s Edge site. It is not known whether the property owners, Star Pubs and Bars, were looking for new tenants. For more, see https://bit.ly/2DAEqzk
From next week, the Cherry Gardens on Wigan Lane becomes free of tie on cask ales. Subsequently, they will be reviewing their prices and are anticipating a price drop of around 30-40p a pint bring their prices down to the £2.60-£2.90 region. Some welcome news for beer drinkers. The Cherry Gardens are keen to hear from suppliers who may be able to offer competitive rates on their products. It would be particularly useful if beer could be supplied in 36-pint pins.
The opening date of the much anticipated Real Ale Revolution Bar in Winstanley has been set as Thursday 25 October at 12pm. The bar will have 10 keg beers, 8 cask ales, 8 real ciders lots of world bottle beers, alcohol free drinks and quality shorts. The bar has disabled toilets, Sky sports, BT sports and air-conditioning and will be open 7 days a week.
A lack of software is delaying the opening of a former hardware store. The eagerly awaiting opening of Sherrington’s Bar on Kenyon Road in Wigan has been delayed by the lack of wi-fi which is required to operate the till.Once open, the bar will be offering up to 6 cask ales and 10 taps for craft beers. The initial beer range is in the process of being announced and will include lots of exciting beers from the likes of Wily Fox, Siren, Neptune, Brew York, Crafty Devil, Five Points and Moor Beer. Check their twitter feed for updates. Let’s hope Virgin Media can get their act together very quickly.
The much anticipated brewery tap for Northern Monkey Brew Company opens it’s doors to the public from 12 noon tomorrow (21st September, 2018). It;s conveniently located on Nelson Square in Bolton – just a 5 to 10 minute walk from Bolton Interchange. Also expect beers from other local breweries (such as Blackedge and Holy Well) plus cider and craft keg. Check out the entry on CAMRA’s Whatpub.
Stewards Nigel and Sharon Porter of Flixton Conservative Club have give notice and will be leaving the club on 4th November. The couple have been instrumental in the club winning an abundance of CAMRA awards – six consecutive branch Club of the Year, a sequence of regional awards and currently the reigning CAMRA National Club of the Year. Without doubt they will be sorely missed and a hard act to follow.
The Cricketers Arms in St Helens, CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year, has had a loyalty card scheme for real ales and real ciders for over 5 years. Unfortunately a number of forged cards have been handed in over the past few weeks. Consequently, it’s been decided to scrap the scheme with immediate effect. People who have full cards you will have 4 weeks to cash them in and get a free pint. Also, existing loyalty cards will continue to be stamped until the deadline date of 14th October. The pub still provides 20p a pint discount for CAMRA members and will be considering alternative loyalty schemes in the future. The announcement was made on the pub’s Facebook pages.
The Nook and Cranny in Bromley Cross and Bunburys on Chorley Old Road in Bolton were targetted by the same burglars on the same night (14th September). Despite the obvious distress and devastation, both bars to their credit managed to re-open the following day. Although you can’t tell from the photograph, one of the burglars was wearing a cream and black NY Yankee’s cap and a green coat. Let’s hope that the thieves get caught soon and dealt with accordingly.
The Hearts of Oak pub on Adelphi Street in Preston, in the shadow of the university, has been given a new lease of life. It’s been re-branded as the Vinyl Tap, which becomes a cafe bar and record store. It will have an independent cask ale offering six cask ale pumps and one craft beer on draught. Planned opening is 8th September. [twitter]