Pub Guide : Billinge


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BISPHAM HALL RECREATION CLUB : Smethurst Road, Billinge, WN5 7DW. (01695)622350.
Situated down a narrow access road, Bispham Hall Club is a modern brick building consisting of a large single room that can be split into two. The club provides live entertainment every Saturday with other activities including bingo. Catering can be arranged for special events. The club has a bowling green at the rear.
Note: This is a club, which means that the bar is only open to members.
Serves 2 regular beers: Thwaites: Lancaster Bomber, Prospect – Big John.
Open: 7.30-11 Mon & Tue; 3.30-11 Wed & Thu; 3.30-Midnight Fri; 2-Midnight Sat; 1-Midnight Sun.

CHAPEL END LABOUR CLUB : 213 Main Street, Billinge,, Wigan, WN5 7PB. (01744)892391
This attractive Club has a public bar, well worth a swift one, just to look at the many fascinating photos of ‘old’ Billinge. The public bar had a very traditional feel to it, green leather-look benches and seats, wood panelled walls, two TVs and a pool table. The club has a large function room, with a proper stage, disco booth, dance floor area, a room long bar, very comfortable seating with a raise area to one side.
Serves 4 changing beers, one usually from the Thwaites range.
Open: 2.30-4.30, 7-Midnight.

EAGLE & CHILD : 38 Main Street, Billinge, Wigan, WN5 7HD. (01744)892453.
Situated in the village of Billinge, built of stone in 1745, this historic building has been a pub for at least 170 years, it had extensive interior refurbishment in 2009. This busy pub has three dining areas, a games room and tap room. It has several large TVs showing sport. A terrific menu is available, pensioners specials on Monday, fish and chip treats on Tuesday and Fridays, Student night is Wednesday, Curries on a Thursday and of course, a Carvery from 12 till 6 on Sundays. Food served 4 till 8 Monday to Wednesday, 12 till 9 Thursday to Saturday. All traditional pub activities including a bowling green which has public access. All major sporting events shown on SKY. Quiz night every Sunday 21.30 Free to enter.
Serves 2 changing beers.
Open: 12-Midnight.

HARE & HOUNDS : 142 Upholland Road, Billinge, Wigan, WN5 7JH. (01744)892626.
A friendly pub in a rural setting, welcoming red-brick pub divided into a lounge and the tap room (once the smoking room). Five handpumps dispense one regular beer and three guests. TVs in both rooms show live sport, especially rugby. Local league darts is played. Entertainment is provided on Saturday evenings and local pies are available. Wigan CAMRA Best New Cask Outlet 2011. Dementia Friendly activities held on 1st Tuesday each month at 1pm – 3pm.
Serves 1 regular beer: Thwaites – Wainwright. Serves 3 changing beers.
Open: 4-Midnight Mon-Fri; 2-Midnight Sat; 2-11 Sun.

HOLTS ARMS : Crank Road, Billinge, WN5 7DT (01695)628006.
Quaint friendly pub with low ceilings and beams where the walls and shelves are adorned with the usual pub memorabilia. A listed building, dating from around 1721; it once housed the hospital mortuary. Known as the ‘Foot o’th Causeway’ due to its proximity to the base of Billinge Hill. Real fire; bowling green; disabled access and fully fitted WC; children’s play area; beer garden and patio heater. Food served. Children’s menu. Dog friendly. Why not pop along for a Steak Night on Tuesdays.
Serves 2 regular beers: Jennings – Cumberland Ale, Thwaites – Wainwright. Serves 2 changing beers from the Marston’s range.
Open: Closed Mon; 12-11 Tue-Fri; 12-Midnight Sat; 12-10 Sun.
Food: Closed Mon; 12-2.30, 5-9 Tue-Fri; 12-9 Sat; 12-7 Sun.

HOUGHWOOD GOLF CLUB : Crank Road, Billinge, WA11 8RL. (01744)894754.
Situated on Billinge Hill with views across to Liverpool and North Wales. Real ale served in public bar. Smart dress essential.
Note: This is a club, which means that the bar is only open to members.
Serves 1 changing beer.
Open: Mon-Sun 11:00-Midnight.

MASONS ARMS : 99 Carr Mill Road, Billinge, WN5 7TY. (01744)603572.
Pub regularly in The Good Beer Guide. Built in 1779, and run by the same family for over 200 years. Well placed for walking or cycling the local area. Five handpumps offer regularly changing guest beers. Mid-week sees folk and quiz nights. There is a luxurious smoking shelter with a bison’s head and log burner, and the beer garden overlooks fields to the rear. The pub is just the place for a quiet chat as the Sky Sports TV is usually silent. Free Wi-Fi.
Serves 5 changing beers plus 4 real ciders.
Open: 2-11.30 Mon-Fri; 12-Midnight Sat & Sun.

ST MARY’S CATHOLIC CLUB : Trent Road, Billinge, WN5 7QT. (01744) 892836.
Large room for functions, games room has sky T.V, darts, dominoes, snooker, table bowls etc. The usual bingo, line dancing, slimming club in the week and the function room is hired out on Friday and Saturday nights for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings etc., all day weddings are catered for too with round tables available to hire and an on-site kitchen. The function room fits a small bouncy castle so is great for the children and is available to hire out on Sundays for children’s parties and christenings.
Note: This is a club, which means that the bar is only open to members.
Serves 2 changing beers.
Open: 7-11 Mon-Fri; 12-11 Sat & Sun.

STORK INN : Main Street, Billinge, WN5 7HA. (01744)633669.
Located in the upper end of Billinge, near St.Aidans Church. Apparently the building was once a toll tower and also a gaol (old term for jail). So legend has it, there is a crypt of an older building beneath the Hotel, a Cavalier was said to have been tortured to death and his ghost haunts the whole building. The hotel is haunted by a highwayman (John Lyon) who was a regular visitor to the hotel, his ghost has been seen galloping on his horse through the village, as well as being heard.
Serves 1 regular beer: Marston’s – Pedigree.
Open: 12-11.