Pub Guide : Wigan (Town Centre)


AREA MAP (see below for pub descriptions)

THE ANVIL : Dorning Street, Wigan, WN1 1ND.
Cider pub of the year 2014. Popular town-centre pub close to the bus station, seven handpumps offer beers from the nearby All Gates brewery, and guest beers plus six draught continental ales and a range of bottled beers. The pub can be busy on match days as it close to the DW Stadium. It has a heated smoking terrace. Only over 18s allowed in the pub.
Serves 3 regular beers: All Gates – California (rotating from range), Hydes – 1863, Thwaites Best Cask.
Serves 4 changing beers and 2 ciders.
Open: 11-11 Mon-Sat; 12-10.30 Sun.

THE BERKELEY : 27-29 Wallgate, Wigan, WN1 1LD. (01942)242041.
In The Good Beer Guide several times. The Berkeley is a former coaching house, opposite Wallgate rail station and three minutes from Wigan North Western. Food served daily from noon till seven. Watch your favourite sporting event on one of the eight large flat screen TVs and one massive projector screen. A first-floor function room is available for hire. The large bar hosts a range of rotating guest beers. Great bands on usually Fridays.
Serves 5 changing beers.
Open: 11-11 Mon-Thu; 11-1am Fri & Sat; 12-Midnight Sun.

THE BOULEVARD : 17a Wallgate, Wigan, WN1 1LD. (01942)497165.
Pub in The Good Beer Guide several times. This surprisingly large basement pub. From the bar you enter a large back room that features regular entertainment. Live music is performed on Friday and Saturday. Open until very late, it is close to Wigan Wallgate and Wigan North Western train stations. Two ciders, one permanent Moorhouses beer and three guest beers. Winner of CAMRA Wigan New Cask Outlet award for 2007 and Pub of the Season Autumn 2007.
Serves 3 changing beers.
Open: 4-3am Mon-Thu; 4-5am Fri & Sat; 4-4am Sun.

CASA CARLOS AT THE WHITESMITHS ARMS : 88 Standishgate, Wigan, WN1 1XA. (01942)824858.
Casa Carlos only serve you with the best in authentic Spanish tapas. They are a local Mediterranean & international restaurant situated at the Whitesmiths Arms in Wigan. Come along and enjoy our specialist tapas. Why not try our banquet menu? We offer variable menus for differing numbers offering classic Mediterranean foods at our low prices. Tapas is the name for a wide variety of appetizers in Spanish cuisine. They are a favourite for social eating between friends, sampling a wide variety of foods in small appetising dishes.
Serves 1 regular beer: Copper Dragon – Golden Pippin.
Open: 12-10.30 .

DOC’S SYMPOSIUM : 85 Mesnes Street, Wigan, WN1 1QJ. (01942)567765.
Opened 14th August 2014, and voted CAMRA Winter Pub of the Season & New Cask Outlet 2014, this is Wigan’s first micro pub. With a very light and airy feel to the ‘lounge’ and with outside on-street seating, this pub has a very continental feel. It has vistas across the road to the beautiful Mesnes Park. Along with five real ales, including local Wigan brews, there is a variety of European wines and beers, and a selection of nice light snacks on offer. June and Chris Docherty are well respected Wigan landlords and you are guaranteed a warm welcome from them and their staff.
Serves 2 regular beers: Facer’s – DHB (Dave’s Hoppy Beer), Weetwood – Cheshire Cat.
Serves 2 changing beers, usually from local breweries.
Open: Closed Mon-Wed; 12-11 Thu-Sat; 1-10.30 Sun.

FIFTEENS OF SWINLEY : 15 Upper Dicconson Street, Wigan, WN1 2AD. (01942)820912.
A large-screen television and several smaller sets around the bar allow the viewing of all football and rugby games. Small seating area to the front. Previously a doctor’s surgery – and before that a doctor’s home – the hotel accommodation attached to the pub has been tastefully transformed into five modern bedrooms.
Serves 3 changing beers.
Open: 12-11.

HARRYS BAR : 40 Wallgate, Wigan, WN1 1JU. (01942)243279.
Formerly the Clarence Hotel, this late Victorian (1898) Grade II listed building is impressive both inside and out. beyond the entrance porch there is a long, tiled and wood panelled main room with two smaller front rooms either side looking out onto the street. A grand internal staircase leads up to a comfortable first floor cocktail bar directly over the main entrance – although this is sadly no longer in use. There is karaoke on Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings. Harrys bar is also the venue for the World Pie Eating Championships which occur mid December every year. Grade II link
Serves 1 regular beer: Prospect – Silver Tally. Serves 3 changing beers.
Open: 9am-9 Mon-Wed; 11.30-11.30 Thu; 9am-1am Fri & Sat; 9am-11 Sun.

HARTLEY’S EMPORIUM : 59 Standishgate, Wigan, WN1 1UP. (01942)829013.
Hartley’s was once a coaching house and is claimed to be one of the oldest pubs in Wigan. The pub was originally called the White Horse. Small car park to the rear.
Serves beers from the Marston’s range.
Open: 11-Midnight Mon-Thu; 11-1am Fri & Sat; 12-11.30 Sun.

JOHN BULL CHOPHOUSE : 2 Coopers Row, Market Place, Wigan, WN1 1PQ. (01942)242862.
Official CAMRA Pub of the Year 2014. If you’re visiting Wigan, this unique pub has to be on your list. Whether you’re after a quiet evening pint or a vibrant nightlife venue. This 300+ year old building has been cottages, stables and a slaughter house in the past but now a popular town centre pub, run by the same family for over 40 years. Six handpumps selling cask beer plus continental beers. In addition, a large range of bottled beers, a wine list, 3 draught ciders, large range of specialist whiskeys on the whiskey bar and 20 bottles of specialist rum are available. Four real ciders are available from the Weston’s range. There are two floors, toilets upstairs limit wheelchair access to WC but not the beer. Live bands on most Friday nights. It’s a Grade II listed building. Casque marque accredited.
Serves 1 regular beer: Thwaites – Best Cask. Serves 5 changing beers.
Open: Closed Mon; 4.30-11 Tue-Thu; 1-1am Fri & Sat; 3-11 Sun.

LITTLE FIFTEEN : 17-19 Wallgate, Wigan, WN1 1LD. (01942)824607.
Visiting Wigan and want a warm and cosy quiet pub for a meal and drink, then this is the pub for you. The pub is in the heart of Wigan town centre, near to Wallgate train station. Venue serves food using only local produce 11 – 3 and 5 – 8pm everyday. Inside the pub is ‘olde worlde’ with dark wood and interesting photos adorn the walls and ceiling, and scatter cushions all over the place give it a warm comfy atmosphere. Fully equipped disabled WC and baby changing facilities accessed through rear.
Serves 2 changing beers.
Open: 11-9 (10 Thu; 1am Fri & Sat); 12-10 Sun.
Food: 12-3, 5-8 Mon; 11-11 Tue-Thu; 12-9 Fri & Sat; 12-8 Sun.

MOON UNDER WATER : 5-7a Market Place, Wigan, WN1 1PE. (01942)323437.
Wigan’s first J D Wetherspoon outlet, built on the site of a building society, tailor’s shop and photography store. Upstairs side entrance on the Wiend. Can be very busy at weekends.
Serves 1 regular beer: Ruddles – Best Bitter. Serves 8 changing beers.
Open: 8am-Midnight Mon-Thu; 8am-1am Fri & Sat; 8am-Midnight Sun.
Food: 8am-11.

NEW CHARLES DICKENS : 14 Upper Dicconson Street, Wigan, WN1 2AD. 07590-299120.
Formerly Docherty’s. Close to town centre this pub is open plan. A wooden floor greets you at the entrance with carpeted areas on either side. A pool table at the rear sits in a tiled area. Stand at the bar, sit at one of the multiple tables or perhaps sit in a booth and enjoy your drink. There are 3 handpumps and the Hotel now has Bedrooms available.
Serves 3 changing beers.
Open: 4-10 Mon; 4-Midnight Tue-Thu; 1-Midnight Fri & Sat; 1-10 Sun.

OLD PEAR TREE : 44 Frog Lane, Wigan, WN1 1HG. (01942)246758.
This welcoming and busy lively pub. it is reputed to be the oldest purpose built pub in Wigan. Features a couple of TV screens featuring sport it has become a favourite pub for home and away supporters of both the local football and rugby teams. Pleasant, heated outdoor smoking area to the rear.
Serves 1 regular beer: Wily Fox – Crafty Fox (varies). Serves 2 changing beers (seasonal).
Open: 12-Midnight.

RAVEN HOTEL : 5 Wallgate, Wigan, WN1 1LD. (01942)239764.
Reopened Christmas 2012 after having a full refurbishment and revealing its traditional decor. A superb example of an early 1900’s Commercial Hotel, and worth the visit just for the look. Serves fine real ales, mainly local breweries from 5 handpumps. One handpump is dedicated to a varying range of ciders and perries. Really cosy in winter with proper coal fires and two unobtrusive televisions. Many of the original features are retained including panelling, windows. Voted a Wigan Pub of the Season in 2013. Serves good home made pub grub.
Serves 5 changing beers.
Open: 11-11.

ROK BOX : 17 King Street, Wigan, WN1 1DY. 07958-185847.
Formerly Madison’s Bar. Rock venue on King Street in town centre Wigan. Real ale – gravity dispense, Pool, live bands most Saturday nights and Jam nights.
Serves 1 changing beer.

ROYAL OAK : 111-113 Standishgate, Wigan, WN1 1XL. (01942)820563.
The pub is decorated in the pleasant style of many of the ‘Inn the Bar’ group’s pubs. It has four separate areas. Sit about in a cosy and comfortable place. There are 4 handpumps, food is available as well as wine and the pub also specialises in unusual gins. On a nice day, pop out into the large quiet garden; which has enough seating for over 80 guests. They also offer a food takeaway service.
Serves 4 changing beers.
Open: 9am-11 Mon-Fri; 9am-1am Sat & Sun.
Food: 9am-6.

SWAN & RAILWAY : 80 Wallgate, Wigan, WN1 1BA. (01942)375817.
Built in 1898 by WEV Crompton, this beautiful classic period pub has five handpumps with usually two in use. Impressive stained-glass window in the pub. Grade II listed
Serves 1 regular beer: Marston’s – Pedigree. Serves 1 changing beer from the Marston’s range.
Open: 12-Midnight Mon-Thu; 12-1am Fri & Sat; 12-10 Sun.

TAP ‘N’ BARREL : 16 Jaxon’s Court, Wigan, WN1 1LR. (01942)386966.
A microbar in a town centre mews style street giving it an interesting position. It has a pleasant ‘artificial’ under cover, smoke free garden, which makes for a nice change. The bar is owned and operated as the Martland Mill Brewery Tap, some 2 miles from their brewery. They offer a selection from their own range. There are up to 4 real ciders available. A small range of wines is also available. There’s live music every Sunday from 3pm to 5pm and reduced prices on cask ale on Mondays from 4pm – 10pm. LocAle accredited.
Serves 2 regular beers: Martland Mill – varies (seasonal). Serves 4 changing beers.
Open: 12-10 Mon; 1-7 Tue; 12-10 Wed & Thu; 12-Midnight Fri; 12-1am Sat; 1-10 Sun.

WIGAN CENTRAL : Arch No. 1 & 2, Queen Street, Wigan, WN3 4DY. (01942)246425.
Customers are assured a very warm welcome from this Wigan real ale pub, owned by Prospect Brewery. The real ales are sourced from all over. There is a continental bottled beer library for those wanting something different. It has a railway themed interior with live departure and arrival boards for both Wigan stations. It is a delight, and has quite a cosy feel to it. Bar snacks are available. Beer and food matching themed nights are held regularly. Awarded Wigan CAMRA’s Pub of the Year 2015, Cider Pub of the Year 2015 and Best New Cask Outlet 2015. Visitors will not be disappointed.
Serves 1 regular beer: Prospect – Totem. Serves 6 changing beers.
Open: 12-11 Mon-Thu; 12-Midnight Fri; 11-Midnight Sat; 12-10.30 Sun.