Pub Guide : Hindley & Hindley Green

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AREA MAP (see below for pub descriptions)

BIRD I’TH HAND : 1 Wigan Road, Hindley, WN2 3BG. (01942)256072.
The Bird i’th Hand is a large traditional old pub with wooden beamed ceilings in the central main area; situated on the edge of the town centre of Hindley, near Wigan, having a car park at the rear and a beer garden with under cover smoking area. The site has excellent accessibility, being close to bus and rail links, and is nearby a densely-populated areas which consist of mixed demographics. The pub is a great community local, serving cask ales, back bar food snacks, Sky sports, offers weekly entertainment of a DJ on a Friday night and hosts a quiz on a Thursday night and has good value pricing, complemented with coffee and free Wi-Fi. In addition, a refurbishment took place in July 2017 to broaden the appeal of the pub by giving it a cosmetic upgrade by re-decoration both externally and internally. Inside the pub, it is split into different areas: Commercial Room, with Sky TV and darts table – which is where other pub games are played; The main bar with central servery with another TV, two other areas off this, the lounge area with another TV and the games room with a pool table. Within the pub there are photographs of how the pub used to look in years gone by, plus prior to the refurbishment a sign on the outside of the pub had these words “IN EVERY TOWN, THE INN OR TAVERN HAS A LONG HISTORY, OFTEN AS OLD AS THE ORIGINAL HAMLET ITSELF. A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BIRD I’TH HAND, BUILT IN 1607 REVEALS THAT IT WAS A COACHING HOUSE. IT IS ONE OF THE OLDEST BUILDINGS IN HINDLEY, HENCE ITS LISTED BUILDING STATUS AND BOASTS A HAUNTED SEAT SOMEWHERE IN THE VAULT, WHICH HAS REPUTEDLY BEEN USED AS A MORGUE AT SOME POINT. CURRENTLY IT IS ONE OF SCOTTISH AND NEWCASTLE PUB ENTERPRISES”. Discount Details: 10p off a pint of real ale on production of a CAMRA membership card. Cask Marque accredited.
Serves 2 changing beers which typically include: Caledonian – Edinburgh Castle 80/-, Theakston – Best Bitter, Caledonian/Theakstons (various).
Open: 12-Midnight Mon-Thu; 12-1am Fri & Sat; 12-Midnight Sun.

CASTLE ON T’HILL : 165 Castle Hill Road, Hindley, WN2 4BW. (01942)255437.
Formerly the Spinner’s Arms. Completely gutted and refurbished as ‘Castle on t’Hill’. A square central cocktail-style bar serves this compact open-plan pub. Quiz night Tuesdays.
Serves 1 regular beer: Thwaites – Wainwright.
Open: 3-Midnight Mon-Fri; 12-1am Sat & Sun.

EDINGTON ARMS : 186 Ladies Lane, Hindley, WN2 2QJ. (01942)256769.
Also known as the ‘Top Ale House’. The Edington is a cosy welcoming pub. The single bar is centrally situated in the front lounge. There is a games room with pool table. From the games room you can view the fantastic beer garden; it’s a must see!!, with its smoking area with large shelter with heaters. They have live music every Friday night, and football and rugby on 3 big screens. Standing next to the Liverpool Manchester rail line it is ideally situated for any ‘rail ale crawl’ into Wigan or Manchester. Beers: Joseph Holt Bitter, Joseph Holt Mild, seasonal beers from The Holts range also Holts bottled beers. Full Disability WC available.
Serves 1 regular beer: Holts – Bitter. Serves 2 changing beers.
Open: 1-11.30 Mon-Thu; 12-12.30am Fri & Sat; 12-11.30 Sun.

FORMBY’S : 146 Wigan Road, Hindley, WN2 3DF. (01942)253100.
Formerly ‘Retro at The New Hockery Brook’. Free house, part of the small Holt Pub Co, Refurbished October 2017. 4 Handpumps initially serving from the Robinsons Range but also promotes Local breweries. Quiz Night Tuesdays.
Serves 2 regular beers: Robinsons – Beacon Hill, Robinsons – Trooper. Serves 2 changing beers which typically include: Hophurst – Cosmati, Prospect – Pioneer.
Open: 4-11 Mon & Tue; 12-11 Wed; 12-11.30 Thu; 12-Midnight Fri; 12-1am Sat; 12-11 Sun.

HARE & HOUNDS : 31 Ladies Lane, Hindley, WN2 2QA. (01942)200370.
In The Good Beer Guide several times. This small but traditional pub is located between Hindley railway station and the town centre. There is a large cosy lounge and a distinct bar/vault area. The lounge displays pictures from bygone Hindley and has a large screen TV for sports. This is an All Gates pub serving All Gates and guest beers. The pub has a dart teams playing in the local darts league. Quiz night on Thursday evening.
Serves 1 regular beer: Bank Top – Flat Cap. Serves 4 changing beers from local breweries.
Open: 3-Midnight Mon-Thu; 12-Midnight Fri & Sat; 12-11 Sun.

HINDLEY ARMS : 126 Market Street, Hindley, WN2 3AY. 07741-272056.
Recently (2014) refurbished inside and out. Live entertainment – Friday easy listening ; Saturday Rock Bands; Sunday’s – Karaoke Night & Disco; last Sunday of month comedy. Sky Sports TV on 2 huge and 4 large TVs cover the whole of the pub.
Serves 3 changing beers.
Open: 11-11 Mon-Thu; 11-1am Fri; 12-1am Sat; 12-11 Sun.

RED LION : 9 Ladies Lane, Hindley, WN2 2QA.
Town centre pub and a short walk from Hindley train station. Beers are from the Molson Coors range. Meals Served Lunch Thurs to Sun and Early Evening 16:00 to 18:00 (12:00 to 18:00 at Weekends).
Serves 1 regular beer: Sharps – Doom Bar. Serves 1 changing beer.
Open: 12-8 Mon; 12-10.30 Tue & Wed; 12-11 Thu; 12-1am Fri & Sat; 12-10.30 Sun.
Food: Closed Mon-Wed; 12-2.30, 5-6 Thu & Fri; 12-6 Sat & Sun.

SPINNERS ARMS : 649 Atherton Road, Hindley Green, WN2 4SQ. (01942)386230.
Open plan pub featuring food and Sky sports. Beers from the Marston’s Range.
Serves 1 changing beer which typically include: Jennings – Bitter, Ringwood – Fortyniner.
Open: 12-11 Mon-Thu; 12-Midnight Fri & Sat; 12-11 Sun.

SWAN : 737 Atherton Road, Hindley Green, WN2 4SB. (01942)522692.
The Swan offers Live Sports on Large Screen TV’s and bar food five days, a week; Wednesday – Friday 12noon – 3p.m and 5p.m – 8p.m, from 12 noon – 8p.m on Saturday and 12noon – 7p.m on Sunday. Six hand pumps serving a range of guest real ales.
Open: 12-11 Mon-Fri; 12-1am Sat & Sun.

VICTORIA INN : 549-551 Atherton Road, Hindley, WN2 4QF. (01942)206876.
Refurbished in late 2011, the pub is now open plan. The new layout has improved the popularity of the pub.
Serves 1 regular beer: Tetley – Bitter.
Open: 12-11 Mon-Wed; 12-Midnight Thu-Sat; 12-10.30 Sun.