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Wilton Arms, Radcliffe

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user reviews of the Wilton Arms, Radcliffe

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This once great local has declined in the last couple of years following change of licensee. There is a much rowdier atmosphere & the condition of the beers has dropped considerably. In particular the cask mild which used to be consistently excellent is now nearly always undrinkably sour.
phigson - 27 Oct 2010 20:01
Whatever has happened here? This used to be a great pub in the time honoured tradition of the great Joseph Holts brewery, which incidentally is still one of the best pub chains around, always reasonably priced, generally full of genuinely friendly and interesting people who have acquired the 'acquired' taste of the great Holts fare!

This is not to say that the clientelle are no longer friendly, far from it, but they all seem to be rather bemused if not disgruntled of late. Complaints from the punters ranged from slow service due to inadequate staffing (one even said he reached retirement age waiting to be served!), a lack of 'on hand' management, re-admittance for the terminally anti socially barred - generally a badly run establishment. This used to be a busy friendly pub. It was verging on empty during my midweek eve visit and it still taken 10 minutes to get served!

Admittedly the brewery trade has taken a beating of late during the recession with less people inclined to imbibe outside of their own front doors, all the more reason for the necessity of friendly and efficient management and staffing. Therefore if the Holts brewery (which is known for its competitive pricing and emphasis on friendly hostelry) can be likened to a racing stable, with each pub seen as a race horse - as it stands, the Wilton has to be seen as its worn out donkey! Sad really, if things don't change I can see this pub joining the ranks of the great boarded up very soon.
crouching_hamster - 15 Mar 2010 00:26
Very well run estate pub serving consistently very good condition beer from the wonderful Joseph Holts brewery.
phigson - 17 Aug 2007 18:12
The Wilton Arms, can be likened to light hearted purgatory with a pint. If you like often strange but good company and the craic, cheap Holt's beer (which is great), council estate kitsch, x-factor entertainment on a saturday eve (and that's not necessarily the act!), Then this is the place for you.

To be honest I have mixed feelings about this pub. Samuel Johnson said 'when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life,' the same could be said about the Wilton Arms, obviously on a much smaller scale. Finally, the staff are great, and brave . . . often times they have to be!

Rating: Raw material for the gritty realist novelist or film director - Danny Boyle was brought up just round the corner. Say no more.
worriedsheep - 21 Jul 2007 02:31
a great loacl pub with cheap beer well worth going in at weekend for chats good crowd of loacls who go in great bar staff and good landlord Dave whom now is a great mate of mine well worth a visit for a good pint of lager
deafbulldog - 4 May 2007 22:38
Local Pub for Local People, but others are welcome! A friendly pub with a cheap pint, what more could a person ask for!
Jema - 19 Oct 2006 09:17

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