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…
Source: Wigan CAMRA News

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…
Source: Wigan CAMRA News

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…
Source: Wigan CAMRA News

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…
Source: Wigan CAMRA News

Business Rates Relief

Trafford and Manchester Councils have now written to all Pubs explaining how they can claim their £1000 business rates relief. If you are a publican and have not had the form you can download it from your councils web site. 

For pubs in Trafford the page is :-


and for Manchester :-



Source: Trafford & Hulme