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For those who know it (George), John Bull is having a facelift


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#1 Padge

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:09 PM

The John Bull in Wigan, well known to quite a few on here is about to undergo a facelift. They are going to re-open the kitchen and extend their real ale range.

Important news, the juke box remains the same.

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#2 my missus

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 04:37 PM

ah the john bull juke box best in the land, and i hope they don't touch the stag with the spliff in its gob.
actually that would be worse than touching the jukebox.

Edited by my missus, 09 February 2013 - 04:40 PM.

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#3 Padge

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:16 AM

ah the john bull juke box best in the land, and i hope they don't touch the stag with the spliff in its gob.
actually that would be worse than touching the jukebox.

Oddly enough the first two people I mentioned this to said that they had better not remove the stags head with the spliff.

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#4 my missus

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 01:52 PM

whats odd about it, it's part of the history of wigan certain things should never change.
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And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper,
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#5 Padge

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:27 PM

whats odd about it, it's part of the history of wigan certain things should never change.

Anyway according to Victoria its staying.

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#6 my missus

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:41 PM

great, err why can't i get any smileys up anymore.
Now this is the Law of the Jungle --
as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper,
but the Wolf that shall break it must die.

As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk
the Law runneth forward and back --
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf,
and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.

#7 Walter Ego

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:29 PM

Always a fan, always a good start to the night before departing to the grimness of king street. Any idea how long it will be shut for?

#8 Padge

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 12:27 AM

Always a fan, always a good start to the night before departing to the grimness of king street. Any idea how long it will be shut for?

Only shut weekdays, still open weekends. That's the message I got.

Edited by Padge, 16 February 2013 - 12:27 AM.


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#9 Walter Ego

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 11:17 AM

Only shut weekdays, still open weekends. That's the message I got.


Ah okay, cheers.

#10 Padge

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 05:15 PM

Refurb complete, very sympathetic job done.

Juke box remains the same, moose still got his spliff.

Now 5 hand pumps and promising range of beers.

Shipping in speciality pies from Cumbria served with various chutneys, excellent they are to.

Victoria is now putting in an appearance at weekends, good to see a Burgess behind the bar.

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#11 Trojan

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 05:44 PM

Always a fan, always a good start to the night before departing to the grimness of king street. Any idea how long it will be shut for?

King Street really is a nightmare isn't it. I went on two crawls around the various noise barns, where they sell awful lager, make coversation impossible, and charge you top dollar. I went because I felt it was part of my job to go out with the lads at Christmas and after a Wigan/Warrington July encounte we all went to, but I only did it twice - I haven't the stamina for that sort of thing any more. We never went in a pub with decent ale either time. Not that Wigan's any different in this respect from other towns. I've never crawled Westgate in Wakey but it looks exactly the same as King Street.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 05:57 PM

King Street really is a nightmare isn't it. I went on two crawls around the various noise barns, where they sell awful lager, make coversation impossible, and charge you top dollar. I went because I felt it was part of my job to go out with the lads at Christmas and after a Wigan/Warrington July encounte we all went to, but I only did it twice - I haven't the stamina for that sort of thing any more. We never went in a pub with decent ale either time. Not that Wigan's any different in this respect from other towns. I've never crawled Westgate in Wakey but it looks exactly the same as King Street.

Wigan town centre is much improved, with several pubs doing a decent range of cask beers these days. King St. is dying on its @r$£.

The Bull now has 5 hand pumps, the re-opened Raven now has up 8 hand pumps, up from 3 when it first re-opened, Berkley has 5, Little 15 even has 2, Boulevard has a good range and then of course you have The Anvil, Tudor and Royal Oak who all specialise in real ale.

All of them turn out a decent pint.

Is Wigan one of the few towns that still has a brewery in the town centre?

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 06:02 PM

Refurb complete, very sympathetic job done.

Juke box remains the same, moose still got his spliff.

Now 5 hand pumps and promising range of beers.

Shipping in speciality pies from Cumbria served with various chutneys, excellent they are to.

Victoria is now putting in an appearance at weekends, good to see a Burgess behind the bar.

Does it have a clock for match days? :rolleyes:

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#14 Padge

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 06:46 PM

Does it have a clock for match days? :rolleyes:

It takes about 2 minutes longer from the Bull to walk to the ground.

Though we would leave at the same time as from The Anvil, as we always leave at the same time, as well you know when you asked the question. :D

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#15 Padge

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 07:17 PM

Nice article from the local paper has been put on facebook.

https://www.facebook...35&notif_t=like

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 07:36 PM

Wigan town centre is much improved, with several pubs doing a decent range of cask beers these days. King St. is dying on its @r$£.

The Bull now has 5 hand pumps, the re-opened Raven now has up 8 hand pumps, up from 3 when it first re-opened, Berkley has 5, Little 15 even has 2, Boulevard has a good range and then of course you have The Anvil, Tudor and Royal Oak who all specialise in real ale.

All of them turn out a decent pint.

Is Wigan one of the few towns that still has a brewery in the town centre?

AS a real ale fan that's good news, because those other places like Walkabout(?) and the like were really dreadful. As for a brewery, TBH there are plenty of places that now have breweries. The next time you're in Yorkshire I recommend trying Ossett Excelsior. Ossett is a small town, with an amateur RL side Ossett Trinity, I believe they serve Ossett Brewery's products in their bar. Wakefield and Leeds certainly have breweries as does Dewsbury.

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#17 Padge

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 07:47 PM

AS a real ale fan that's good news, because those other places like Walkabout(?) and the like were really dreadful. As for a brewery, TBH there are plenty of places that now have breweries. The next time you're in Yorkshire I recommend trying Ossett Excelsior. Ossett is a small town, with an amateur RL side Ossett Trinity, I believe they serve Ossett Brewery's products in their bar. Wakefield and Leeds certainly have breweries as does Dewsbury.

Lots of places have breweries Geoff but Wigan has one slap bang in the town centre, do Leeds and Wakefield actually have breweries in the centre of town?

I know Ossett, once had a gang of lads from there sleep on our living room floor one Christmas, they couldn't find my mate they were supposed to be staying with and they found me in, sticking to the thread, the John Bull.

Until recently Wigan had two breweries in the town centre, Mayflower and Allgates, Mayflower has now moved out to larger premises.

Allgates couldn't be more central being alongside the Parish Church.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 09:30 PM

Re: Breweries in town centres. I'm not sure where these two are now, but they are still, afaik, independent and I am fairly sure they were in town centres: Holts in the Strangeways area of Manchester (never liked their beer, personally) and Robinsons in Stockport (loved their beer; second only to the Boddingtons of old).

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 08:27 AM

Lots of places have breweries Geoff but Wigan has one slap bang in the town centre, do Leeds and Wakefield actually have breweries in the centre of town?

I know Ossett, once had a gang of lads from there sleep on our living room floor one Christmas, they couldn't find my mate they were supposed to be staying with and they found me in, sticking to the thread, the John Bull.

Until recently Wigan had two breweries in the town centre, Mayflower and Allgates, Mayflower has now moved out to larger premises.

Allgates couldn't be more central being alongside the Parish Church.

The Wakefield Brewery is five minutes walk from Wakefield Cathedral, the Dewsbury one is near the West Riding Refreshment Rooms, not sure where Leeds Brewery is - I suspect it's not in the City centre though.

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