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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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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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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Back to brewing in the brewhouse

Brewing has restarted in what was All Gates Brewery in Wigan town centre, but the brewery now has a new owner and a new name. Martin Blythe has achieved his long-held ambition of getting into the brewing sector by setting up Wigan Brewhouse in the venue off Wallgate, formerly used by AllGates. Mr Blythe has…
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Long-awaited micropub opens in Ashton

Hophurst Brewery, based in Hindley, has welcomed its first customers through the door of its new microbar after a long saga to gain its own watering hole. The Twisted Vine Ale House, in Ashton-in-Makerfield, is an intriguing blend of old and new, with a modern industrial theme and keg beers alongside no fewer than seven…
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A sparkling creation …. in Ince

The beer sparkler ….. possibly one of the world’s greatest inventions for beer? Guaranteed to give a ‘good head’ on a pint of beer which it is generally loved by us Northerners and despised by Southerners. Incredibly the beer sparkler was first patented over 130 years ago – by George Barker in 1886. His patent…
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Mark Yates … a sad loss

Mark Yates, founder and head brewer at Connoisseur Ales in St Helens, sadly passed away earlier today. After many years of home brewing, in 2006 Mark became apprentice to Stan Shaw at the Wapping Brewery in Liverpool. It was from here that he began to brew under the name ‘The Connoisseur Brewer’ and his beers became…
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Classic movie inspires pub launch

The new owners of a Wigan pub hope they are in the fast lane to success with a venue built around two wheels and an entertainment superstar. Business partners Darren Cooper and Dave Holt have reinvented the former Hockery Brook pub in Hindley as Formby’s, a celebration of ukulele-wielding musician and actor George Formby and…
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Wigan Central make it to the final !!!

Wigan Central has just been voted into the final four in the National Pub of the Year organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Massive congratulations to manageress, Jo Whalley, and all her hard-working and dedicated staff. A further round of voting will take place before the eventual winner will be announced in February…
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