All change at Windmill Brewery and beyond

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. A wind…
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Ashton on Mersey – New Evening Bus Service

The pubs in Sale West and Ashton on Mersey are once again accessible by Public Transport in the evening. From the 8th April the

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service has been re-routed to run via Ashton on Mersey meaning that the following real ale pubs are now easily accessible by public transport.

On Mondays to Saturday there is a 30 minute service through the day and early evenings, then every hour with last bus back to Altrincham departing from Ashton on Mersey at 11:15, and in the reverse direction towards the Trafford Centre being slightly earlier at  22:51 but still late enough for an enjoyable drink and meal.

More information including full timetables and service maps are available on the TFGM web site here

Source: Trafford & Hulme

Microbar to open on outskirts of Wigan

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. The site was previously home to “Will and Joe’s” cafe, which closed after just two…
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Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival 2018

chorlton beer fest logo 2017 90dpiWe are please to confirmed the dates for Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival 2018.

The 14th annual festival at St Clement’s Church will be held on Thursday 12th, Friday 13th and Saturday 14th July 2018.

Organised by St Clement’s in association with Trafford & Hulme CAMRA, the grounds and buildings of the Edge Lane church will be filled with over 200 different real ales, craft beers, world beers, ciders and perries. UK beers will be split between the church hall and the youth centre with ciders, perries and world beer bars in the grounds. Thursday evening will be a quiet preview night while Friday and Saturday evenings will see the grounds filled with live music. Opening times are:

  • Thursday 12th July: 6pm – 10.30pm
  • Friday 13th July: 6pm – 10.30pm
  • Saturday 14th July: 1pm – 9.30pm

Entry prices are being held same as 2017. Advance tickets are expected to go on sale on 1st May 2018.

The festival will be hosting the North West round of the Champion Speciality Beer Of Britain competition, the winner of which will go forward to London’s Olympia to be judged in the finals of the CAMRA Champion Beer Of Britain competition.

The festival charity for 2018 will once again be Reach Out To The Community. Reach Out to the Community is a initiative set up to offer support to people struggling with the most basic of needs: food and shelter from their base on Wilbraham Road in the heart of our community.  

To learn more about the festival visit

Source: Trafford & Hulme

Central Manchester Beer Festival 2018

When? Thursday June 14, to Saturday 16th June 2018

Where? 53two Theatre, 8 Albion Street, M1 5LN

Tickets – prices tbc.

Following on from a very successful festival last June, Central Manchester CAMRA will once again take up residence at 53Two, the former Bauer Millett car showroom opposite the Briton’s Protection.

The festival team are currently sourcing some of the best and exciting new beers from across the UK.  Established favourites will also be making an appearance.  Once again, a cider bar will feature cider sourced from local producers.

Entry prices are still to be confirmed, stay tuned to our Beer festival pages for further details.

Central Manchester CAMRA Beer Festival


New lease of life for The Beeches

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…
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