Thursday, 26 April 2018

A more than adequate replacement

Wigan Central
I'd been arranging a trip for some friends to the CAMRA Bolton Beer Festival this Saturday when someone pointed out to me that there is a problem with the trains that weekend. When I checked the train times on National Rail Enquiries about 10 days ago, no problems were reported.

Looking again yesterday, I see that the trains will be going past Bolton to Manchester, after which you need to get off and catch the train back to Bolton, thus adding an hour to the 45-minute journey - each way. Needless to say, I've called that trip off as I've no wish to spend 3.5 hours travelling to and from a beer festival that's less than 30 miles away.

Instead I've suggested we go to the excellent Wigan Central, Wigan CAMRA's Pub of the Year and a finalist in the CAMRA National Pub of the Year competition, which should be good. A more than satisfactory replacement trip, I feel.

I wrote about this pub in our local paper (and on this blog) in May 2016.


  1. Or you can get off the Southport train at Wigan Wallgate, have a pint in Wigan Central, then hop on the rail replacement bus outside Wigan NW to Bolton. This bus usually takes about 40mins.

    1. Well, that's an option we might look at on the day. Thanks.

    2. Three trains an hour to St Helens.Visit The Cricketers Arms,national POTY.

    3. Good recommendation: I have the Cricketers in mind for another trip.

  2. Jean, Sam, Steve and I had an excellent day and also visited the Anvil, the Tap & Barrel, the Raven and returned to Wigan Central before catching the train home, We met Ken and Carol Worthington, whom I know from CAMRA and from the union too, in the T&B.


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