Here are some items of news about pubs in the West Lancs area I picked up on my recent trips to collect adverts for the local CAMRA magazine, Ale & Hearty.
The Blue Anchor, Bretherton was serving Old Speckled Hen on a midweek visit, but has two handpumps that serve changing guest beers.
The Blue Bell, Barton has recently been redecorated and was selling George Wright Nectar and Black Sheep Bitter when we visited. They generally like to have a George Wright beer on sale.
The Ship Inn, Haskayne, a canalside pub noted for food as well as beer, was selling Prospect Blinding Light, Southport Golden Sands and their house beer, Ship Ahoy brewed by George Wright.
The Scarisbrick Arms, a canalside pub in Downholland, was selling Southport Golden Sands and George Wright Drunken Duck recently.
The Ropers Arms in Ormskirk has two regularly changing guest beers, including Paulainey’s brewed by Moorhouses. They are planning to open a bed and breakfast in the pub with 12 bedrooms.
The Derby Arms in Aughton was offering Timothy Taylor Golden Best, Tetley Bitter and Mild, Arran Ale (at £1.50 a pint) and cask Hawkshead Lakeland Lager.
The Dog & Gun in Aughton was recently serving Banks Mild and Bitter, Jennings Lakeland Stunner, Jennings Bitter and Marstons Pedigree.