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Fifteens of Swinley, Wigan

Great quirky Amsterdam bordello style pub, edge of town centre. ( on a nice little cobbled street )

16 Oct 2019 21:06

Brunels Hotel and Bar, Wigan

The pub is no more, by the way.

12 Oct 2019 08:23

Brunels Hotel and Bar, Wigan

shame to see the offensive review below remains despite my report of it.

12 Oct 2019 08:23

The Last Orders, Wigan

Still rough as hell. One to avoid in Wigan.

10 Oct 2019 22:59

Swan and Railway, Wigan

They have done a great job with the pub after it had been a scruffy mess for years.

10 Oct 2019 22:58

The Bay Horse, Whittle le Woods

Now a Mediterranean restaurant.

23 Sep 2019 21:32

The Duke of Cambridge, St Helens

the Talbot is listed on here under its former name the Sportsmans Inn.

9 Sep 2019 22:55

The Princes Alice, Preston

It's actually called the Princess Alice.

3 Sep 2019 18:02

The New Welcome, Preston

Sadly now being converted to accommodation.

3 Sep 2019 18:02

The Continental Pub, Preston

Very foody but the ale selection justifies the short walk out of town through a nice park. A comfortable enough place to enjoy a pint.

3 Sep 2019 18:01

The New Fleece, Preston

Closed and boarded up after a serious incident outside there a few months ago.

3 Sep 2019 17:56

Hartleys Of Preston, Preston

Fairly boring gin palace in a side street. Nice interior feeling a bit tatty around the edges and just the one ale on though it was alright.

3 Sep 2019 17:54

The Wellington Inn, Preston

Average pubco operation down a side street off the main drag. Nothing to make it worth your time unless you're on a lengthy crawl.

3 Sep 2019 17:53

Twelve Tellers, Preston

A huge echoing barn like Wetherspoons. Typical of their mega bank conversions.

3 Sep 2019 17:52

The Blue Bell, Preston

A lovely cosy Sam Smiths pub and the ale remains £2 a pint. Remains along with the Market Tavern and Black Horse as one of the few good traditional pubs in downtown Preston.

3 Sep 2019 17:48

Abbey Lakes Hotel, Wigan

now an Indian restaurant called the Raj Gate.

3 Sep 2019 17:42

Star Inn, Rainford

A nice pub serving a good range of real ales. Very food driven but with a separate bar area. Worth a visit.

1 Sep 2019 17:04

The Derby Arms, Rainford

A food pub. Several real ales served but the kind that you have seen a million times before. Not much else to say, it's okay.

1 Sep 2019 17:03

The Old Vic, Preston

Solid enough pub just up from the station. Nothing special in any shape or form but the best place for a convenient, half decent pint before your train.

27 Aug 2019 20:32

The Ferret, Preston

Student/rock pub. It's okay and at least has the feeling of being an independent venture. The Vinyl Tap up the road is much better but can't seem to find it listed on here.

27 Aug 2019 20:31

The Fox and Grapes, Preston

Now called Barcadium. And seems to be closed again.

27 Aug 2019 20:30

The Black Horse Hotel, Preston

Still a first class heritage pub. The victorian interior remains beautifully preserved and the Robinsons ales supplemented by a decent selection of guests. Full marks as far as I'm concerned.

27 Aug 2019 20:29

The Market Tavern, Preston

A really nice pub with some original features and a half decent selection of ales on. Well worth a visit.

27 Aug 2019 20:27

O'Neills, Preston

Now taken over by Amber Taverns and called the Northern Way. It's a modern comfortable sports bar with a couple of decent ales on. Not too bad.

27 Aug 2019 20:26

Roper Hall, Preston

A chain student pub with all the associated tedium you would expect. However has a very decent range of beer than you might expect and more worthy of a visit compared to some of the dross around here.

27 Aug 2019 20:25

The New Britannia, Preston

Rough as arseholes boozer off Friargate. Formerly a must visit in Preston but now the opposite.

27 Aug 2019 20:24

The Old Black Bull, Preston

Has fallen a long way in a few years. A few mediocre ales on and a sterile atmosphere now make this a swift-half-and-move-on kind of place. Greene King should be ashamed of what they have done to their pubs in Preston.

27 Aug 2019 20:23

The Dog and Partridge, Preston

Dreadful and has been for a while now. It may even be closed.

27 Aug 2019 20:00

The Stork Hotel, Birkenhead

Sadly this pub is now a bit run down and unloved. No real ale and no customers. Up for let with Admiral Taverns who are no doubt just waiting for their moment to sell it off to a developer. A real shame.

18 Aug 2019 16:37

The Buck I'th Vine, Ormskirk

I was wrong. It is only partly being converted to a chicken restaurant. The remaining section of the building is still the Buck pub, and now open again.

18 Aug 2019 16:35

Star Inn, Roby Mill

A pub with a restaurant attached. It's pretty poor at being the former and no idea about the latter. Dull.

15 Aug 2019 20:52

Carr Mill, St Helens

A sterile ultra modern roadside Greene King McPub/Nursery/Greasy Spoon. Need I say more.

21 Jul 2019 15:38

Simms Road Inn, Ashton in Makerfield

A tired country pub with a much needed refurb mooted. Then again said refurb has been mooted for about a decade now. Miserable locals last time I was in.

21 Jul 2019 15:36

The Railway, Platt Bridge

Long gone. Now an Indian restaurant I think.

21 Jul 2019 15:35

The Walmesley Arms, Ince

Was a rough dive. Now being converted to flats.

21 Jul 2019 15:34

King William, Platt Bridge

Boarded up now which means no pubs at all in the immediate vicinity, to my knowledge.

21 Jul 2019 15:34

Ben Jonson Hotel, Wigan

Boarded up and has been for a while now.

21 Jul 2019 15:34

Sir Thomas Gerard, Ashton In Makerfield

As Wetherspoons go, it's a good one with a very cheap and good selection of ales on offer. Pleasant enough.

21 Jul 2019 15:33

Robin Hood Hotel, Ashton In Makerfield

Sterile chainy Greene King pub. Comfortable enough for Ashton but not really worth bothering with.

21 Jul 2019 15:32

Railway Hotel, Ashton in Makerfield

Little to add to the reviews before, a proper comfortable locals pub. No airs and graces about the place but it's tidy and well looked after. Doom Bar and Unicorn were the two real ales on my last visit. Worth popping in if you're waiting for a train/passing through.

21 Jul 2019 15:30

Oddfellows Arms, Ashton in Makerfield


21 Jul 2019 15:29

The Harrow Inn, Ashton in Makerfield

Closed at the moment after the retirement of the licensees.

21 Jul 2019 15:28

The Bay Horse, Ashton In Makerfield

A chain Greene King Mcpub full of kids. Avoid if you want a quiet/civilised drinking experienced.

21 Jul 2019 15:28

Pagefield Hotel, Wigan

Closed and basically derelict.

15 Jul 2019 20:07

Casa Carlos, Wigan

Pleasant bar/restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere. Perfectly fine to visit for a drink unlike many pubs that became eateries.

15 Jul 2019 20:06

The Royal Oak, Wigan

A bit boring really. Nice enough inside but the beer garden is actually more interesting than the pub with a curious array of knick-knacks. A few reasonable ales on and food served all week.

15 Jul 2019 20:06

The Swan Inn, Liverpool

A bit of a dive but loads of character and a place you could make friends very easily I suspect. Decent selection of ales and solid heavy rock jukebox if that's your cup of tea.

15 Jul 2019 20:03

Monro, Liverpool

A lame gastropub. Very very dull. Awful expensive beer. Just open a restaurant and stop ruining once great proper pubs like this.

15 Jul 2019 20:01

The Coburg, Liverpool

Multi roomed pub. Traditional and a homely local feeling to it unlike the new bars that are springing up around the area. Wainwrights the only ale.

15 Jul 2019 20:00

The Brewery Tap, Liverpool

Now a very anodyne pub after the latest refurb. No real ale and no character. Loud thumping music on a Saturday afternoon so a hasty exit.

15 Jul 2019 19:56

Hockery Brook Hotel, Wigan

this is now called Formbys and serves excellent real ale

15 Jul 2019 19:50

Old Pear Tree, Wigan

A pretty poor pub. Has little character inside and the real ale is also long gone. I'm not sure it will survive much longer given its location.

8 Jul 2019 18:41

Wigan Central, Wigan

A decent bar, mainly for the beer nerds. As a pub, not at all for me. A bit aloof and trendy.

8 Jul 2019 18:14

Tudor House Hotel, Wigan

Reopened after a very lengthy closure. Same as it was before, pretty much.

8 Jul 2019 18:13

The Griffin Hotel, Wigan

Closed and to be converted to flats (in fact, may already be flats?)

8 Jul 2019 18:12

Hartley's Emporium, Wigan

A Marstons corporate barn with no character of any description. Not really worth a visit but clean and tidy enough.

8 Jul 2019 18:11

The Tavern, Wigan

became a Thai restaurant with a drinking area. Which is now closed and boarded up.

8 Jul 2019 18:10

Swan and Railway, Wigan

Undergoing a very major refurbishment to bring back its Victorian splendour

8 Jul 2019 18:10

The Berkeley, Wigan

A drinking barn with loads of screens. If you want to watch the sport it's ok and does serve a reasonable pint.

8 Jul 2019 17:57

The Raven Hotel, Wigan

An excellent traditional pub with a superb interior. Loads of real ales to go at. Older clientele mostly. Well worth a visit, more so than the more celebrated pubs/bars in the town in my opinion.

8 Jul 2019 17:57

Harry's Bar, Wigan

Down to earth town centre boozer. Notorious for its cast of local characters, it's certainly an interesting experience to have a drink in here of an afternoon. Cheap real ale.

8 Jul 2019 17:55

Number Fifteen, Wigan

Decent enough if a bit of an Amsterdam coffee bar vibe rather than 'pub'. Only one real ale which is their own rebadged offering.

8 Jul 2019 17:54

Anvil, Wigan

Cheap town centre real ale pub. Lots of TV screens and jolly pensioners inside. Worth a visit.

8 Jul 2019 17:54

Ring O'Bells, Lathom

Closed at the moment. Doesn't look good.

8 Jul 2019 17:53

The Hop Vine, Burscough

A very fine pub that has become a bit too popular for its own good. Now very difficult to have a peaceful drink in here as it's absolutely rammed seven days a week. Mostly with diners.

8 Jul 2019 17:52

The Plough, Ormskirk

Now a Turkish restaurant.

8 Jul 2019 17:51

Town Green Inn, Aughton

Now called 'Wine Bar' which probably marks a further move in the expensive foody direction.

8 Jul 2019 17:50

The Cockbeck Tavern, Aughton

Gone. I think it's now a convenience store.

8 Jul 2019 17:49

The Derby Arms, Aughton

Still a really pleasant free house on the edge of Aughton. Surrounded by fields, it's a true country pub. The real ale is good and apparently so is the food. Well worth a visit but beware screaming kids as it's family friendly.

8 Jul 2019 17:48

Ropers Arms, Ormskirk

Now a Co-Op.

8 Jul 2019 17:47

Windmill Inn, Ormskirk

Closed, boarded up, derelict and probably set for demolition.

8 Jul 2019 17:47

Halton Castle Inn, Ormskirk

Closed and derelict with demolition threats hanging over it.

8 Jul 2019 17:46

The Prince Albert, Ormskirk

A traditional and relatively unchanged village pub. Old style inside and usually a good selection of ales. Has a bit of a Royston Vasey vibe though.

8 Jul 2019 17:46

The Plough Inn, Lathom

Pleasant enough but very much a dining pub with hardly any room for drinkers. Real ale may be available but don't come here expecting it.

8 Jul 2019 17:45

Viking Pub, Southway

Located within the Concourse shopping centre. Enter at your own risk.

8 Jul 2019 17:40

Prince William Inn, Dalton

As per the previous review. But now tends to only have Unicorn on. It's a very pleasant pub inside and draws a decent local crowd from the Skelmersdale and Wigan surrounding area.

8 Jul 2019 17:40

Beacon Inn, Skelmersdale

Closed and derelict.

8 Jul 2019 17:39

Owl Inn, Skelmersdale

Closed and now offices.

8 Jul 2019 17:38

Delph Tavern, Orrell

A standard, if slightly dated community pub serving real ales and junk food. Not too bad for the area.

8 Jul 2019 17:38

York Hotel, Morecambe

Good pleasant locals pub serving quite a large catchment area on the outskirts of Morecambe. The real ale still tends to be very good value.

8 Jul 2019 17:36

Little Bare, Bare

Great micropub with a friendly owner who will chat away to anyone that walks in. The Owls Nest up the road is arguably just as good. But not listed on here.

8 Jul 2019 17:35

The Tivoli, Morecambe

It has closed after the retirement of the long time landlord. Whether it's permanent or not, no one seems to know. Was a proper down to earth timewarp of a pub until the very end.

8 Jul 2019 17:34

Beechams Bar and Brewery, St Helens

Now a student learning centre as part of St Helens college.

31 May 2019 18:13

Joker's Bar, St Helens

The site is now occupied by a tattoo parlour.

31 May 2019 18:07

The Sandbrook Arms, Wigan

Demolished for new houses.

31 May 2019 18:00

Station, Orrell

Now living accommodation.

31 May 2019 18:00

Rose and Crown, Orrell

This pub is closed and houses have been built on the car park behind.

31 May 2019 17:59

The Stork Inn, Billinge

Boarded up.

31 May 2019 17:57

The Billinge Arms, Billinge

Has indeed been refurbished. Still pretty poor. For the more irritating younger end of the drinking spectrum.

31 May 2019 17:57

The Buck I'th Vine, Ormskirk

To be converted to a chicken restaurant.

31 May 2019 17:55

The Cricketers Arms, Preston

has now been closed for a decade but bizarrely still unchanged on the outside and just looks like a tatty boozer from outside, perhaps it has been converted to accommodation?

30 Aug 2018 15:20

The Borough, Lancaster

What an odd place, it feels more like being inside a stately home than a pub. But the beer is excellent and I do like a little quirkiness. I was the only one in the bar area, though loads seemed to be entering and exiting the restaurant. Then again it was 11am.

15 Mar 2018 12:03

The Baltic Fleet, Liverpool

In any other city, the Fleet would stand out as an outstanding pub. in Liverpool, I'm afraid it doesn't. too far off the beaten track, too many other pubs in the centre on crawl circuits with more atmosphere and equally good ale.

11 Mar 2018 21:07

The Albion, Arnside

Expensive and aloof service when I visited. Nice views though.

5 Mar 2018 17:01

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, Arnside

Nice owners, nice clientele (entirely day trippers like me from what I could gather), decent Thwaites beer. Has the feel of a hotel bar rather than a pub though.

5 Mar 2018 17:00

The Royal Hotel, Heysham

Soul destroying refurb from Thwaites has made this a very uncomfortable place to drink. Virtually the entire seating space of the pub was taken by diners. Resorted to the beer garden with my pint of something drinkable but dull. Now no good pubs at all in Heysham.

28 Feb 2018 10:02

Strawberry Gardens, Heysham

now a Greene King chain pub, so you know exactly what you'll get. Microwave meals dominating in one big soulless room.

28 Feb 2018 09:59

Sir Richard Owen, Lancaster

£1.70 for a pint of real ale! In Lancaster! I hate Wetherspoons in general, but it's hard to resist at those prices.

27 Jan 2018 09:59

The Boot and Shoe Hotel, Scotforth

Used to be a charming old pub, though I accept it needed a refurb. Sadly, Thwaites have done that thing where they strip the pub of any charm at all. Feels like a chain pub too, slick and sterile and everything branded. On a positive note, had a reasonable pint of some Thwaites pale ale at £3.

27 Jan 2018 09:51

The Railway, Liverpool

The beer choice was very mainstream and adventurous, but I do really like the place with its strange old-fashioned layout and distinct areas. Doesn't feel quite as cosy as other pubs in the area though.

12 Jan 2018 14:12

Vernon Arms, Liverpool

Yet another pub in this area that feels like a step back in time, a really homely place and with a mixed clientele on my visit. Incredibly cheap food too. Ale quality variable though.

12 Jan 2018 14:09

Ye Hole in Ye Wall, Liverpool

Very, very cosy and atmospheric place, a step back in time. Beer choice not bad at all either. An underrated pub.

12 Jan 2018 14:07

Thomas Rigby's, Liverpool

Good place to eat if you're doing a crawl in this area. But I'm yet to have a decent pint! Courtyard is the Mecca of Liverpool in summer.

12 Jan 2018 14:06

Robin Hood, Orrell

Fairly cosy, if a little characterless,very nice food and ale. Probably as good a suburban pub in this area as you can get.

12 Jan 2018 12:43

Cricketers Arms, St Helens

Best ale selection in St Helens, but an absolute nightmare to get served if it has a few customers. So I won't return too often.

12 Jan 2018 12:41

Sefton, St Helens

One of the Stonegate chain, which appears to be a clone of Wetherspoons. Hence you get decent cheap ale, but no atmosphere or charm whatsoever.

12 Jan 2018 12:39

The Unicorn, Billinge

Now a very good Indian restaurant after a very troubled period as Winston's Pizza at the Unicorn. Definitely not a pub I'm afraid.

12 Jan 2018 12:36

Hare and Hounds, Billinge

A rural wet-led community pub, feels like your gran's living room inside. Cosy but very unfashionable. Always good beer and conversation though.

12 Jan 2018 12:34

Colliers Arms, Kings Moss

More well known for its food (which *is* excellent) than anything else, and nothing particularly special inside or out. A rather more down to earth place than the average rural foodie pub, so I do retain a soft spot for it.

12 Jan 2018 12:33

The Holts Arms, Wigan

Now very much a trendy gastro spot, and probably the only time I have been in a pub with more people drinking gin than beer! The food does look good, and it's rather cosy inside, but not my favourite 'pub' in the area.

12 Jan 2018 12:31

The Red Cat, St Helens

Expensive, typical rural gastropub, but it does retain a nice cosy bar area (would be very cramped if it gets busy though). Beer garden is done nicely but too close to the road to be particularly peaceful. Still, pleasant enough pub.

12 Jan 2018 12:27

The Masons Arms, Wigan

Only pub really worth visiting in the area, a family run pub off the beaten track, doesn't attract any idiots and always an interesting selection of ales.

12 Jan 2018 12:25

The Billinge Arms, Billinge

An absolute dive, a modern but scruffy bar with a strange atmosphere and seemingly run by teenagers. Apparently having a refit soon.

12 Jan 2018 12:23

Foresters Arms, Billinge

Rough and ready locals pub, not much to recommend about it really. Handpumps removed about a year ago.

12 Jan 2018 12:21

Squires Bar, Billinge

Wasn't a bad pub at all, but far too quiet and with two other pubs nearby its closure wasn't a surprise. Now converted to a nursery

12 Jan 2018 12:19

The Eagle and Child, Billinge

Cask choices never especially exciting (always Lancaster Red/Amber in my experience), but very very good value for the area at £2 a pint. The pub is quite atmospheric, friendly and seems to be losing its dodgy reputation. Miles better than the Stork across the road.

12 Jan 2018 12:18

The Stork Inn, Billinge

Pretty bad, keg only (despite 2 handpumps) scruffy and pretty empty. There really is a huge gap in the market for decent pubs in Billinge.

12 Jan 2018 12:16

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