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.
Several businesses are seeking approval to serve alcohol to punters in busy town centre zones across the borough. On the council’s current list of pending licensing applications, there are five applications for “new premises licences” three of which fall into areas covered by the “cumulative impact policy”. [more]
Plans to establish a micro-brewery on the site of a former police station on Castle Hill Road in Hindley have been given the green light by the town hall. The main building is now a dental laboratory and the brewing process will take the place from an existing garage. [more]
A gin and wine business is looking to bring the real ale revolution to Winstanley. Lindsay Porter, who runs Portland Wines, wants to turn the former Winstanley Cafe in the area’s arcade into a microbar. She has teamed up with Andy Evans from the Cricketers Arms in St Helens in this exciting new venture. The bar will be named ‘Real Ale Revolution 1’. [more]
Windmill Brewery in Standish have appointed a new Head Brewer. Jon Pilling introduced himself at the most recent Wigan CAMRA Branch meeting and explained the ambitious plans for himself and the brewery. John brings a vast wealth of knowledge and experience that will undoubtedly stand them in good stead to achieve their goals.
Marston’s are seeking to build a new public house and restaurant on open land south of B&Q on Frith Street on the outskirts of Wigan. Plans also include the development of a 39-bedroomed hotel with associated car parking and ancillary development. The Planning Application was received on the week ending 13th April 2018 and the Planning Application Reference Number is A/18/85336/MAJ.
Plans to transform a former ice-cream cafe into a microbar on the outskirts of Wigan town centre have been green-lit by councillors. Proposals for 57 Kenyon Road, which will see the now-vacant building turned into a upmarket cafe and bar. Four local businessmen will embark upon the new enterprise, including Phil Cox – co-owner of the Wily Fox Brewery. The bar, named “Sherrington’s” after the hardware store which used to occupy the site, will include a small outdoor seating terrace to the front of the building. [more]
The future of the Beeches Hotel in Standish has been shrouded in mystery since its sudden closure 14 months ago. However, the future is now bright having been taken over by hospitality firm Elle R Leisure, which is also responsible for the famous Albert’s chain in Manchester, Didsbury and Worsley. Plans have been submitted to create an upgraded restaurant, bar and function venue. A decision on the planning application is expected in early May. [more]