Pub News [March 2020]

[extract from minutes of Wigan CAMRA Branch meeting on 16th March 2020]

The Shamrock, Preston Road, Standish is currently closed and the windows have been boarded up. The pub is owned by Hawthorn Leisure, a New River Company, who are said to be looking for a new landlord for the historic pub. Awaiting further news.

As many of you may have heard the Prince William pub in Dalton was due to close its doors on the 8th March 2020 with its fifteen staff members losing their jobs. I am very pleased to report that the pubs owners, Robinsons Brewery, have decided to give the pub a six month reprieve to see if its fortunes can be turned around. This announcement followed an outcry from customers, who were upset about losing not just their favourite watering hole, but, also the last remaining pub in the village. The decision was welcomed by pub manager Dave Roy. He said he was very pleased with the reprieve and grateful for all the support from the community. He is encouraging people to visit in the coming months, promising great beer, service and food. I hope CAMRA members from near and far will support this pub.

Work on the refurbishment of the Crown at Worthington is now well under way. The once great pub is due to reopen as a pub and restaurant once work has been completed. The new landlord Andrew McKenna and his partner Nic plan living on site with their four children. Andrew says that he is reluctant to set a grand opening date due to the amount of refurbishment work required, but, is hoping it could be in a couple of months’ time – watch this space.

The Crooke Hall Inn are currently offering free room hire for the first three hours in their selfcontained cellar bar.

Plans have been announced for a Bistro and real ale bar in Orrell. The premises on Church Street, Orrell were formally the Cherry Blossom Funeral Directors. Further details to follow.

The Fishergate Inn in Pemberton has been taken over by a new landlord and landlady. One changing beer on hand pump, usually Wainwrights and Jennings Cumberland.

The Charles Dickens in Swinley no longer serves cask ales.