Wigan Central leaves the rest in its tracks

Wigan Central
Wigan Central

A Wigan pub opened less than three years ago has been crowned Greater Manchester’s Pub of the Year.

Wigan Central, the brainchild of the town’s Prospect Brewery has been impressing visitors since opening in the railway arch on Queen Street  adjacent to Wigan North Western station in December 2014. Owners Patsy and John Slevin saw the opportunity to provide drinkers with a rail-themed watering hole. Its success has seen a doubling in size as well as increasing its offer to include seven real ales, four craft ciders and an astonishing selection of beers from the UK, Europe and beyond.

Recognised by the Wigan branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) as its pub of the year, Wigan Central was pitted against eight other exceptional pubs nominated by other Greater Manchester branches. An expert team of volunteer judges drawn from the 9,000 members in the region visited unannounced and evaluated the qualities of each. They scored the pubs on a variety of weighted features including quality of welcome, value for money, community focus and – most importantly – the quality of beers and ciders. Continue reading “Wigan Central leaves the rest in its tracks”

Darwen Beer Ramble

19 August 2017

We meet at Great Ale at the Market at 11.40 to have a beer before catching the 12.13 bus to Darwen (No 1 bus, leaving from stand S), arriving in Darwen at 12.49. Some pubs we can visit are listed below. If anyone has a  have a favourite within walking distance not listed below then let us know on the day and we can visit it.

Old Chapel, Railway Road, BB3 2RG: a Wetherspoons pub with 8 changing beers. Previously was a Methodist Chapel

Taps Bar, 11 Railway Road, BB3 2RG: Cask ales plus craft beers from around the world

Bridgewater, 2-10 Church St. BB3 2RE: 3 regular cask ales from Bank Top and Thwaites plus 3 changing. 10% discount for CAMRA members

No39, 39-41 Bridge St., BB3 2AA: Hopstar brewery tap with 4 regular Hopstar and 1 changing

Victoria Hotel, 94 Suddell Road, BB3 3HW: Freehouse with 2 changing cask ales (often Hopstar)

If anyone is thinking of joining us in Darwen please call me and for information about where we are;

Gill 07967 585670

Source: Bolton CAMRA Events & News