The return of Charles Dickens

Alan and Tracy Branagan have left Docherty’s pub in Swinley which has now been taken over by Ian Williams, former landlord of the nearby Griffin Hotel. Ian’s first action was to revert to the original name of the pub – the Charles Dickens, arguably England’s most famous novelist. In so doing, the pub has had…
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Beeches Hotel closes suddenly

Administrators have been called in following last week’s mysterious closure of the Beeches Hotel in Standish. The popular hotel left customers in the dark after failing to open without warning last weekend. Plans for weddings, birthday parties and wakes were left in chaos, and customers were unable to get in touch with the venue’s management;…
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Fury as Griffin Hotel is put up for sale

A Wigan landlord has vented his frustration at being told his pub would be put up for sale by its owners. Ian Williams was suddenly informed earlier this week by The Griffin Hotel’s owners, Admiral Taverns, that the town centre pub would be put on the market. It is believed that Admiral Taverns plans to sell…
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Pie launched from Wigan pub

If you walked past the Fifteens at The Fox pub in Roby Mill, Wigan at around 10.30am on December 15th 2016, you may have seen a group of men in white lab coats stood in the car park, watching a pie sail into space. In what has been described as ‘a monumental day for Wigan’,…
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Colliers Arms goes oriental

A town-center pub, once run by Wigan RL legend, Nick du Toit, has now been converted to an oriental restaurant. Another sad loss of a back-to-basics boozer. The Colliers Arms was once a handsome red-bricked building opposite the Deanery CE High School in Wigan town centre. However, it’s now been converted to Mr Wang’s restaurant,…
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Local pubs re-opening soon as restaurants

Two former local pubs will be re-opening again soon but unfortunately not as public houses. A worrying trend. The  Colliers Arms on Frog Lane in Wigan will become Mr Wangs Restaurant, specialising in Chinese & Japanese Cuisine. Not far away, in Wigan town centre, the short-lived Downtown Crofters will become La Sentidos Loca, a Tex-Mex restaurant and cocktail…
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From scoring tries to making pints

Nathan McAvoy may be a name remembered by quite a few Wigan rugby league fans. He played one season at Wigan Warriors (in 2006, scoring 5 tries) and is an England international gaining his caps whilst at Salford City Reds and Bradford Bulls. Nathan originated in Salford, from a large family and had six brothers…
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