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The Swan and Railway in Wigan re-opened yesterday after a while being closed.

Once a thriving real ale pub its fortunes dived and it became scroats dive before it closed. A sympathetic refurb has been  revealing more of original mosaic tiled flooring. Haven't had a chance to visit yet but reports are good.

The restored back room has been named the Syd Abram lounge in on honour of the player who scored the first try at Wembley and I believe contains some of Syd's memorabilia.

For those visiting Wigan by train its the one opposite the North Western station.

Any other pubs worth a mention?

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Another expansion to the Wigan pub scene occurred last year. Some of you will know The John Bull Chop House in Coopers row, last year they cleared out the pool room upstairs and installed a complete new bar specialising in cask and craft beer and real cider. They have named it Hop House at the Chop House, it. has already won several awards. 

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Some great pubs in Wigan now for real ale, Wigan Central is superb, watched challenge cup final in the Anvil, great beer, Sheringtons and Docs Symposium at the top of town are great, John Bull is totally unique.........

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6 hours ago, The Alchemist said:

Some great pubs in Wigan now for real ale, Wigan Central is superb, watched challenge cup final in the Anvil, great beer, Sheringtons and Docs Symposium at the top of town are great, John Bull is totally unique.........

A bit further afield in Orrell the Posthouse opened earlier this year and plans are in for the old papershop at Orrell Post to be turned into a bar. 

Central is first class, the specialist staff they have know their beers. 

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Stayed over at The Tilted Wig in Warwick on our way to Wembley this year. Nice pub B&B couple of real ales excellant food in the evening and an enormous English breakfast. Not as big on the inside as it looks from the outside. 


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was in the swan and railway friday night and have to say a good job has been done on the refurb without touching the heart of the pub the tiles and bar.

also had a decent pint of nutty black, and a double grouse for £3.60

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I've long liked the Blackedge Brewary bar in Horwich, well worth a visit if your ever near by.

Across the way there's one called the Tap and Cork, which was always offered up as an option after a few in the Blackedge Bar when out with my good lady, one of these goldfish bowl G&T places.  But plays the crowd by having a decent choice of canned and bottle ale, I normally object to paying pub prices for something in a can, but can tolerate it for one or two and the choice is normally decent!

The Ale house which was and I think still is part of the Bank Top chain is also mean't to be worth a visit, but never get that far up the road!

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4 hours ago, MattSantos said:

Back in the UK in a few week. Cant wait to go to a normal pub. Any recommendations in York would be welcome

If you start at the York Tap on the station you will start on a winner. 

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The big chain pubs in Swindon town centre are struggling, with the exception of a couple of Weatherspoons. However the whole bottom of town pub area is a total dive and not a good place to go. 

 

However up in Old Town the pubs/bars are more independent and have their own image. We have...

...The Black Stuff, a coffee by day, cocktail by night, vinyl playing bar... 

...Longs, a chilled "cool" bar...

 ...The Vic, music venue pub... 

...The Optimist, an upstairs "speak-easy" bar...

...The Tuppenny, real ale bar... 

...The Hop Inn, real ale pub... 

...The Little Hop, real ale bar that's small...

...The Plough, cider pub... 

...The Royal Oak, gin and champagne bar, with Jazz nights and Blues on Sunday afternoons... 

...The Wheatsheaf, normal pub... 

...The Steam Railway, sports bar... 

...and on Wood Street there's Mackenzies, The Bank and Brass Monkeys. This is where young people go. Also there's The Kings. This is where older people go to try and look young. 😉

And then, tucked away, is The Roaring Donkey, which probably hasn't changed since the day it first opened. 

All this in a square mile and it's thriving and a great night out. 


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On 15/09/2019 at 08:21, Padge said:

Stayed over at The Tilted Wig in Warwick on our way to Wembley this year. Nice pub B&B couple of real ales excellant food in the evening and an enormous English breakfast. Not as big on the inside as it looks from the outside. 

Warwick has some belting pubs with Titlted Wig being right up there - glad you enjoyed it


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9 minutes ago, Kenilworth Tiger said:

Warwick has some belting pubs with Titlted Wig being right up there - glad you enjoyed it

We did pop into a couple of others who's names escape me and they were good. We said we need to go back and have a proper look around. 

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On 16/09/2019 at 14:22, MattSantos said:

Back in the UK in a few week. Cant wait to go to a normal pub. Any recommendations in York would be welcome

Trembling Madness is another good real ale place, another of one of my favourites is The Maltings. 

York Camra branch do a good guide of city centre pubs. Follow the link below and scroll down for downloadable pdf. 

https://york.camra.org.uk/york-branch-pubs/
 

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Recently had the pleasure of visiting Huddersfield to see a gig at The Parish and I was blown away how vibrant the town centre was and the number of pleasant boozers on offer.

I can't remember the names of them off top of my head (had a bevvie in most of them) but I loved the Cuban themed pub and The Parish itself was a great suprise. Noticed the other day that they'd updated their food menu and it truly is a great choice.

Hope to get back there soon.


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3 hours ago, Padge said:

Trembling Madness is another good real ale place, another of one of my favourites is The Maltings. 

York Camra branch do a good guide of city centre pubs. Follow the link below and scroll down for downloadable pdf. 

https://york.camra.org.uk/york-branch-pubs/
 

Both great pubs and can't go wrong with York Tap, as mentioned earlier. Other side of town, about 15 minutes walk from the station, is Brew York. Loads of keg beer on the first floor, usually about 40. Downstairs is the brewery and all the hand pulled beer. A nice beer garden at the back, looking onto the Foss. 

Loads of great pubs in York, particularly just outside the centre.

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New pub opening in Halifax this Thursday, The Meandering Bear, owned by Michael who also has The Grayston Unity


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1 hour ago, Phil said:

New pub opening in Halifax this Thursday, The Meandering Bear, owned by Michael who also has The Grayston Unity

Any reason for the name meandering bear? 


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1 hour ago, Padge said:

Any reason for the name meandering bear? 

Yeah, back in the early 20th century there was a zoo in Halifax, on chevinedge fields where Siddal play now.

One day the grizzly bear escaped and wondered down the valley to Copley where it was finally caught and returned to the zoo.

Hence “Meandering Bear” 

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19 minutes ago, Phil said:

Yeah, back in the early 20th century there was a zoo in Halifax, on chevinedge fields where Siddal play now.

One day the grizzly bear escaped and wondered down the valley to Copley where it was finally caught and returned to the zoo.

Hence “Meandering Bear” 

Fantastic

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1 hour ago, Phil said:

Yeah, back in the early 20th century there was a zoo in Halifax, on chevinedge fields where Siddal play now.

One day the grizzly bear escaped and wondered down the valley to Copley where it was finally caught and returned to the zoo.

Hence “Meandering Bear” 

 

48 minutes ago, Padge said:

Fantastic

 

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8 hours ago, Skids said:

Both great pubs and can't go wrong with York Tap, as mentioned earlier. Other side of town, about 15 minutes walk from the station, is Brew York. Loads of keg beer on the first floor, usually about 40. Downstairs is the brewery and all the hand pulled beer. A nice beer garden at the back, looking onto the Foss. 

Loads of great pubs in York, particularly just outside the centre.

Next time you visit Brew York turn left into Walmgate and walk through the city walls on the right hand side , cross the road you will find The Rook and Gaskill , 8 cask and 20 keg , good scran served from 1730. Across the road is Rose and Crown , bit further down Waggon and Horses.

https://www.rookandgaskillyork.co.uk/

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6 hours ago, Stirlin said:

Next time you visit Brew York turn left into Walmgate and walk through the city walls on the right hand side , cross the road you will find The Rook and Gaskill , 8 cask and 20 keg , good scran served from 1730. Across the road is Rose and Crown , bit further down Waggon and Horses.

https://www.rookandgaskillyork.co.uk/

It's a great pub, been plenty of times. 

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