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Latest reviews from Wigan

68 /100 27-29 WALLGATE
“Large bar not far from both railway stations ..“
Wirralbeerveg 320 days ago
46 /100 17-19 WALLGATE
“Nice oldie worldy place quirky also comes to mind....The beer selection isnt that great.“
Wirralbeerveg 320 days ago
62 /100 5-7A MARKET PLACE
“Very nice Wetherspoons in the centre of Wigan. Staff were friendly. Nice design inside.“
dantomlinson 457 days ago
92 /100 ARCH NO. 1 & 2, QUEEN ST
“Great bar located in 2 railway arches under the Northwestern Rail station, 7 cask ales and 7 craft beers plus 5 real ciders and 100+ bottles, great knowledgeable staff a must do visit if in the area. A multiple CAMRA award winning pub“
BierDudeOtto 742 days ago
94 /100 ARCH NO. 1 & 2, QUEEN ST
“Great beer tasting evening once a month. With a good selection of different styles and lots of information on each beer“
LovibondTaps27 809 days ago
64 /100 5-7A MARKET PLACE
“Large Spoons on the edge of the market place...“
Wirralbeerveg 1187 days ago
64 /100 5-7A MARKET PLACE
“Visited on 14th April 2017. Huge town centre Spoons with all different levels and a multitude of different seating areas. Despite it being busy we found a table easily. Beer range was decent with a good array of cask beers including a could of survivors from the beer fest. Picked one of those and had to change it as had gone off. Changed with no fuss to something else. Prices and service good. A reasonable Spoons.“
WingmanWillis 1324 days ago
62 /100 17-19 WALLGATE
“Visited on 14th April 2017. Large bar in the town centre. Really fancy decor which gives it a Victorian theatre feel. Plenty of seating as it’s set up for food. Didn’t eat but the menu did look good and good value too. Beer range a little disappointing with only 2 cask beers to try. Beer was well looked after and prices good. A better food stop than one for a desperate ticker but a nice enough venue to have a peek.“
WingmanWillis 1324 days ago
62 /100 27-29 WALLGATE
“Visited on 14th April 2017. Large venue in town and one of the first you come to on the way up the hill from the stations. It’s a bar venue, modern trendy decor, loud music and TV screens showing sport. Place was heaving so had trouble picking a beer as only the pump clips for a guide. Beer I had was decent quality and was from Wychwood. Lancaster Bomber also on tap. Quality was good. Prices and service decent too. Not the best venue in town but decent enough.“
WingmanWillis 1324 days ago
66 /100 2 COOPERS ROW
“Visited on 14th April 2017. Pub is down a little alleyway and has a bit of park next to it. Quire a nice old building. Didn’t see much of it as place was packed. Managed to get to bar and was served quickly. Decent array of Thwaites cask beers. Quality and prices good. Sat on a bench and drank my beer. It’s a nice old spot. Would like to revisit when not so busy.“
WingmanWillis 1324 days ago
66 /100
Boulevard (Bar)
17A WALLGATE
“Visited on 14th April 2017. Single roomed underground bar in the town centre and is underneath Little Fifteen. It’s dark and music playing at a decent volume (not bad tunes either). Decor is pretty basic and it was busy but not heaving. Decent mix of beers with a couple from Wily Fox and others on cask and Punk IPA on Keg. Service and prices good. A bit of an alternative venue but serving decent beer. Worth a look.“
WingmanWillis 1324 days ago
64 /100 85 MESNES ST
“Visited on 14 April 2017. Micropub on the edge of town a couple of mins walk from the market. It’s a converted shop with a large single room. Nice decor. Also has tables outside to enjoy the Easter weather. 5 beers on cask. Not an overly adventurous choice with a couple from Facers and York Guzzler plus 2 more. Prices and service decent and beer was well looked after. Decent micropub but better places in town.“
WingmanWillis 1324 days ago
70 /100 16 JAXONS COURT
“Visited on 14th April 2017. Martland Mill pub in a little courtyard a couple of mins from the Anvil. It’s got a large single room downstairs, a small room upstairs and a covered astroturfed area out the back. 6 beers on cask available with 4 from Martland Mill and 2 guests from Elland. 4 other taps are macro stuff. Also have a small selection of their own beers in bottles. Place was busy but service was good. Beer quality good. Prices also good. A nice venue and one I would recommend.“
WingmanWillis 1324 days ago
62 /100 5 WALLGATE
“Visited on 14 April 2017. Huge old imposing Victorian pub in the town centre. Decor is good with lots of old photos and period features. The place is huge with several rooms. For me the beer choice was a little dull with a couple of local guests from Moorhouse and draft Bass on cask. Beer quality was good and prices good. Not my favourite venue in town.“
WingmanWillis 1324 days ago
72 /100
Anvil (Bar)
DORNING STREET
“Visited on 14th April 2017. Situated just out of the town centre near the bus station this is a 3 roomed pub. Decor is smart and has a lot of Hydes poster on the wall plus screens showing sport in 2 rooms. As it was Derby day the place was busy but still got served quickly. No Allgates beer on cask but had a good mix of well kept ales from around the north of England. Prices are less than £2.50 a pint and definitely one not to miss. Really solid pub.“
WingmanWillis 1324 days ago
96 /100 ARCH NO. 1 & 2, QUEEN ST
“Great new venue for Wigan...great beer selection...well worth a visit...“
Wirralbeerveg 1550 days ago
92 /100 ARCH NO. 1 & 2, QUEEN ST
“Currently regularly visiting twice a week. Great selection of cask, craft and bottled beers of varying styles & strengths. 3 ciders also available. They’re not afraid to sell something a bit different. The staff are happy to serve you at your table. Gets very busy at weekends. Monday night quiz, Sunday afternoon music. They are doing so well that they are extending into the arch next door too.“
vshollows 1680 days ago
84 /100
Anvil (Bar)
DORNING STREET
“Excellent town center pub with a good atmosphere and a good range of beer to suit all tastes,“
vshollows 2002 days ago
80 /100 ARCH NO. 1 & 2, QUEEN ST
“Underneath the railway arches of Wigan North Western station, on the other side of the bridge to its entrance, this real ale bar plays on its location well and the decor of the place is that of a heritage train station with the exception of the modern electronic screen to tell you what time your modern train departs from above - which is very useful if you are using this is a last stop before leaving town. It’s not a large place and was buy on my visit due to the Rugby match that had just finished, but the bar against the back wall on its left hand side packs in a large row of real ale pumps and there’s a decent rotation of them going on here. There’s keg options here too as well as an extensive enough bottle selection - a lot of which you can take-away with the other part of the back wall showcasing what’s on sale.“
ManVsBeer 2036 days ago
12 /100 90 WIGAN LANE
“When the man behind the bar is swearing at the top of his voice how can you expect the place not to be also full of lowlife also swearing their heads off. Beware, the appearance outside is very deceptive.“
vshollows 2063 days ago
84 /100 ARCH NO. 1 & 2, QUEEN ST
“Situated under the arches on the opposite side of the viaduct to the entrance to North Western station this is a welcome addition to the Wigan beer scene. Decked out like a station, live train information and plenty of seating for a small place it’s got a nice feel to it. VIsited prior to Wigan taking on Brisbane so the place was busy. Good range of beer on the bar, 2 from Prospect, plus guests. All kept in good condition with quite a fast turnover. There’s also a beer library with around 50 bottles available from UK, European and US craft places. If you’ve got a little time in Wigan then this should be a port of call.“
WingmanWillis 2106 days ago
68 /100 38 MESNES ROAD
“Just out of the town centre but worth the walk on a nice day. Unusual for a wetherspoons as it has been a hotel in the past and not a cinema or a supermarket so it has accommodation as we if you need it. Be warned though parking is not easy a busy times.“
valveman 2147 days ago
72 /100 2 COOPERS ROW
“Small olde-worlde pub jut off the market square. Has had a recent upgrade with an additional bar upstairs selling a good range of cask and keg beers. Can be a bit of a squeeze when it get busy. Nice place to sit outside in summer.“
valveman 2147 days ago
72 /100
Anvil (Bar)
DORNING STREET
“One of our favourite Wigan town centre pubs always well kept pint with excellent service. Not easy to get in on a match day.“
valveman 2147 days ago
62 /100
Anvil (Bar)
DORNING STREET
“One of the more down-to-earth drinking joints in the town centre but also one of the best places for choice and rotation. The seven hand pumps include a Hydes option given it sports the Hydes name outside on its sign, and two from Allgates brewery (one of which is permanent), the other four are guest ales on rotation that include options from microbreweries in the region. There’s also a keg option available. The furniture is a little simple and the television screens are likely to show racing or sports news. If the weather is good there’s a concrete rear garden where you can enjoy some sun and at least one table is permanently covered if there is precipitation. It seems to be a frequent winner in local CAMRA polls.“
ManVsBeer 2377 days ago
60 /100
Boulevard (Bar)
17A WALLGATE
“An underground bar and live music venue in the midst of a row of pubs on Wallgate Street. The entrance is just a door with a set of steps leading to the basement of one of the large buildings on the row. Downstairs there’s no natural light in the single open plan room with a long bar along one of the side walls. If you’re here for a gig then you can drink real ale or real cider from one of the six handpumps, with probably two options of the latter available - there’s bottle options available too. At other times it’s a decent drinking option in the town as several of the pumps rotate, although you may have the place to yourself in mid-afternoon! There’s a pool table here and the decor and fixtures feel more like a ’bar’ than pub.“
ManVsBeer 2377 days ago
64 /100 27-29 WALLGATE
“One of the first pubs you come to if you leave the train station on the bar heavy Wallgate Street. It has a large ground floor area which is very chain-like and its fixtures and fittings are well kept and appealing with a wooden bias as well as carpets. The entertainments are very popular with live sport and dj music happening throughout the week. Ale drinkers are well served with six rotating options. I ended up here twice on my first visit and in the couple of hours between leaving and returning one pump had finished and had promptly been replaced by the next option. Food is no longer served here.“
ManVsBeer 2377 days ago
66 /100 17-19 WALLGATE
“Wonderfully decorated and elaborately designed bar and restaurant on the main Wallgate street sandwiched by many other food and drink places on this strip. In its design its somewhere between a bordello and an American steak house and practically no wall space is left bear with a huge collection of pictures, photos and clutter occupying all areas. I would imagine most people coming here do so to eat and there’s a couple of rooms to dine in as it extends back quite far into the building, however there’s no reason why only a drink can not be enjoyed here and its atmosphere is suitable to both. It has two ale pumps that rotate a mainly local selection with the nearby Prospect brewery often represented here. Theakston’s supply a keg option too.“
ManVsBeer 2382 days ago
66 /100 2 COOPERS ROW
“Located at the end of an short alley just off the small main square in the commercial centre, this pub feels a world away from the shops and its older world appearance makes it very much worth the trip. You’ll mostly find Thwaites brews here but it does usually have a guest available too, however it’s the ambiance of the historic drinking house that really makes this experience. The white washed building is long and thin and the bar is squeezed into a section on the left of the central doors. Suitably all the furniture and furnishings are wooden and it’s a snug fit, but an atmospheric one for all who venture inside. It sits at the side of a grassy hill that gives an odd respite of greenery from the otherwise urbanised area.“
ManVsBeer 2383 days ago
76 /100 5 WALLGATE
“On the opposite side of the road to the Wetherspoon, this pub with a very town-like and ordinary appearance from the outside is anything but on the in. As well as extending back beyond the already large enough front bar room, allowing plenty of room to find your own space, it has a lovely decor that nods to the late Victoria era it hails from. The walls are full of mirrors, pictures and photographs, purposely designed to appear stylish in their placements and alongside the traditional wooden furnishings this works extremely well. Fittingly this is very much a real ale pump and all its options are rotating with a heavy bias to local and regional craft brewers.“
ManVsBeer 2383 days ago
68 /100 38 MESNES ROAD
“A good 15 minute walk north of the town centre, this pub is larger than it looks from the outside, and it looks like a large building. The hotel accounts for a fair slice of the building, but the bar area as you walk in seems ample enough for a suburban Wetherspoon, however if you walk beyond the bar another area opens up behind its wall that is even bigger. It’s decorated well enough with plenty of wooden tables in a uniform pattern and a warming carpet throughout that works well with the darker wood appearance. The bar has a couple of rows of ale pumps and Theakston Mild on keg. There are picnic tables on the elevated patio area at the front of the building that overlook the road.“
ManVsBeer 2783 days ago
64 /100 5-7A MARKET PLACE
“Visited a few times, and was undergoing a refit in 2013 when I walked past one afternoon. Large open plan and traditional style soft furnished Wetherspoon that is popular for its central location in Wigan. There are two real ale pump rows so the selection is good. It’s a ground floor affair with a split level plan and very familiar in the late 20th century style for this chain.“
ManVsBeer 2851 days ago
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