Sunday, July 21, 2024

Pub Crawl : Standish

Standish is situated just over 3 miles from Wigan town centre and is easily accessible by bus with a journey time of approximately 10-15 minutes. Bus 362 from Wigan Bus Station (Wigan to Chorley) runs frequently throughout the day. Other bus routes to Standish include 113, 362, 638, 640/641.

Let’s start off at The Globe on the High Street, next to the bus stop to/from Wigan. Refurbished in 2014, it has a more open-plan than of old, with some nice touches, such as the ceiling spot-lighting and snob screens. Usually a choice of two real ales.

Continuing up the High Street, you’ll pass Noel Chadwicks Fine Food Emporium on your left – a great place to stock up on bottled beers from local breweries. Continue just a little further up the High Street and you’ll reach The Hoot.

The Hoot, which opened in January 2016, is a very attractive modern styled micropub, with interesting accent lighting, a slate tiled floor. Expect up to eight real ales as well as draught prosecco and coffees.

Just another 50 yards up the High Street and you’ll come across Standish’s other micropub – the Albion Ale House. A deceptively large interior with clean cut comfortable modern furniture. A heavy pine bar dominates the rear of the room, with an attractive large stone style tiled floor. Expect up to eight real ales.

Next up is the Black Bull, just over 100 yards away. Dating back to before 1860, it is furnished in a modern but traditional style with many sporting trophies, silver cups, along the back of the bar. You can expect up to three real ales in this locals ‘local’ pub.

Dependant upon the time of day, Standish Unity Club is the next port-of-call. Frequent winner of Wigan CAMRA’s Club of the Year award it may prove a little difficult to find tucked away down an entry just off Cross Street. You’ll be rewarded

Back tracking along Cross Street, the Lychgate Tavern on Church Street is the next pub. Fully refurbished in 2014, it has nicely upholstered settles, giving both open plan and intimate areas. The wooden and stone tiled floor, soft lighting and beams give this pub a very cosy feel. Up to six real ales.

From here you can either backtrack along Cross Street again to re-visit either The Hoot or the Albion Ale House, both highly recommended. Alternative continue down Church Street and pay a visit to Potters Bar, a snooker club and bar, with an emphasis on sport, serving up to two real ales.

From Potters Bar, continue along Church Street to arrive back at The Globe and the bus stop for the return journey to Wigan.