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News Archive for 2008

Much of what has appeared on this site and its predecessor has vanished forever. From August 2002, these pages are an essentially complete record of the pub and brewery news, arranged in chronological order. (“Essentially complete” means “those things that came to our attention which have not since fallen prey to computer malfunction“) Before then, there is a patchy and incomplete record of pub news, culled from a variety of sources. Note that in a number of cases news items were published in good faith which subsequently turned out to be not entirely true. No attempt has been made to retrospectively hide our errors.

1 January

Ex-Servicemen’s (Morecambe) has changed its name to Smokey O’Connor’s

11 January

Change of licensee at:

The John O’Gaunt (Central Lancaster) closed on Monday 7 January. The licensee is not talking to anyone but it seems that it will reopen as a and when a new tenant is in place..

The Marton Arms (Thornton-in-Lonsdale) has a new tenant. Six or seven cask beers available at the moment..

The Station (Ribblehead) has a tenant at last after months of temporary managers..

15 January

Change of licensee at:

16 January

I'm now told that the John O’Gaunt (Central Lancaster) will reopen on Saturday ó with the same landlord. We may never know exactly what has been going on..

31 January

The Farmer’s Arms (Garstang) is to close and become an Italian restaurant..

Tim Tomlinson is to leave the Penny Bank (Lancaster) ..

1 February

The New Inn (Wray) reopened on 24 January under the name of " Inn at Wray (Wray) "; to be run by the people who run the Wheatsheaf (Beetham)..

6 February

The Borough (Lancaster) is going to have 8 cask beers..

There is a planning application for alterations to the Wagon & Horses (Lancaster) ..

1 March

Change of licensee at:

16 March

Change of licensee at:

The John O’Gaunt (Central Lancaster) reopened on the 20th March with a new (presumably temporary) manager..

28 March

Mitchells: Mitchells are having a rare real ale promotion — buy six, get one free.

2 April

Change of licensee at:

9 April

The Cumberland View (Heysham) has reopened after reconstruction..

The Vine & Hops (Lancaster) is closed for refurbishment..

The Water Witch (Lancaster) is closed for refurbishment..

10 April

Smokey O’Connor’s (Morecambe) (formerly the Ex-Servicemenís Club. better known as Smokey Joes) has got a full licence and should be selling Brysons when they get some handpumps installed..

12 April

The licensee has left Upstairs Downstairs (Morecambe) and it is currently closed..

28 April

Imminent change of licensee at the Marton Arms (Thornton-in-Lonsdale) ..

29 April

Change of licensee at:

Upstairs Downstairs (Morecambe) is now open again..

9 May

The manager of the Moorlands (Lancaster) is due to leave (provisionally on 23 June) and be replaced by tenant..

The Water Witch (Lancaster) reopened on 7 May. Not drastically changed: back to 9 handpumps, appearance a little blander and more corporate than before..

The Wagon & Horses (Lancaster) is being altered and greatly extended..

13 May

The Marton Arms (Thornton-in-Lonsdale) will reopen on Friday 16 May with the former owner Colin Elsdon come out of retirement to assist in getting it back on an even keel..

The Green Dragon (Galgate) is to let..

27 May

The Punch Bowl (Bentham) is to let..

10 June

The Midland (Morecambe) reopened on 1 June. No real ale - a missed opportunity, surely?.

The lease of the Silverdale (Silverdale) is for sale..

The licensee of the Slyne Lodge (Slyne) is to go and run the Cross Keys over the road. The lease for the Lodge, held by Chamaeleon Pub Company for many years is for sale..

11 June

The Cross Keys (Slyne) has been bought by Chamaeleon Pub Company who have leased the Slyne Lodge for many years. It is due to reopen, apparently free of tie, in August..

16 June

Change of licensee at:

22 June

The planning application for the Flying Horseshoe (Clapham) finally got through, so it is being converted into flats..

24 June

Plans have been submitted to turn the Goldmine (Skerton) into a newsagents and flats.

29 June

Smokey O’Connor’s (Morecambe) has its handpull in and is serving Brysons..

The Three Horseshoes (Ingleton) has a new licensee and has had a makeover..

30 June

Smokey O’Connor’s (Morecambe) has its handpull in and is serving Brysons..

The Three Horseshoes (Ingleton) has a new licensee and has had a makeover..

7 July

From Monday 21st July, the Smuggler’s Den (Morecambe) will have a cask ale free of tie from Punch Taverns that will allow them to stock cask ales from microbreweries in Lancashire and Cumbria..

12 July

The lease of the Duke of Lancaster (Lancaster) is for sale..

The Galleon (Morecambe) has reopened..

The Royal (Morecambe) has reopened, seemingly aimed at youth..

27 July

The Moorlands (Lancaster) has a new licensee but no real ale..

The Park (Lancaster) is shut..

13 August

Keystones (Lancaster) is being transformed. It is no longer to be aimed at undiscerning youth, but will have cask beer.

The Vine & Hops (Lancaster) is to let..

15 August

On the website of Morecambe CC (Morecambe) , it says: "The committee have decided to put in real ale for a trial period, after the request of a number of members. We will monitor its success.".

21 August

Message on the website of Calderbank Country Lodge (Oakenclough) : "We regret that we are no longer operational as an hotel and restaurant but thank you for your interest. ".

22 August

Keystones (Lancaster) has changed its name to Pendle Witch

25 August

The 1725 (Central Lancaster) is to reopen soon under the name of “1725”. It is apparently to be a tapas bar, but will have real ale..

27 August

The Horse & Farrier (Lancaster) is shut..

Following the demise of Cain's, the Wheatsheaf (Ingleton) has been bought by Welcome Inns, a new company based near Bolton. They have returned Black Sheep beers to the bar..

31 August

Keystones has reopened as the Pendle Witch (Lancaster) . It now has quite subdued decor and three real ales..

3 September

The Cross Keys (Slyne) is to reopen on 15 September under the name of the "Keys"..

The Moorlands (Lancaster) has gone from having no cask ales to having five..

5 September

The manager who came to the Water Witch (Lancaster) following the revamp has already left..

6 September

1725 (Central Lancaster) - formerly the Blue Anchor - opened on 6 September. The walls, doors and windows are still in the same places but it is otherwise utterly different: a 21st-century design with white-painted walls (and some exposed stone) and wooden floors. Currently five cask ales from Mitchells..

8 September

Change of licensee at:

The Royal Oak (Lancaster) is to let..

15 September

The Keys (Slyne) (formerly the Cross Keys) reopened on 15 September. It now has more modern decor and the way to the lower bar is more open. Three cask ales including Lancaster: there are eight beer pumps so more may appear..

22 September

Change of licensee at:

24 September

The Keys (Slyne) (formerly the Cross Keys) reopened on 15 September. It now has more modern decor and the way to the lower bar is more open. Three cask ales including Lancaster: there are eight beer pumps so more may appear..

25 September

The Keys (Slyne) (formerly the Cross Keys) reopened on 15 September. It now has more modern decor and the way to the lower bar is more open. Three cask ales including Lancaster: there are eight beer pumps so more may appear..

28 September

The Station (Ribblehead) is no longer a Copper Dragon pub. Recently it has had a number of ales including Old Peculier and the rare Three Peaks..

7 October

The New Inn (Morecambe) is to let..

The Park (Lancaster) has reopened. Its appearance is unchanged..

15 October

Change of licensee at:

25 October

The Palatine (Morecambe) has been bought by C2i (owners of the Sun and Lancaster Brewery). Currently they are transforming the interior including opening a first-floor lounge. They say “The Palatine will offer eight cask ales, an excellent array of bottled/keg beers and very lovely food. Opening day will be the 1st of December” .

1 November

The Orange Tree (Kirkby Lonsdale) is to open a brewery, to be called "Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery". It will open in February 2009..

4 November

The licensee is leaving the Fleece (Dolphinholme) ..

5 November

Change of licensee at:

The Wagon & Horses (Lancaster) has reopened as a much larger, open-plan food-oriented establishment..

15 November

The Dalton Arms (Glasson Dock) is to be renovated in late November..

The Stork (Conder Green) is no longer owned by T&P. The licensee bought it in June..

1 December

Change of licensee at:

8 December

Last Orders (Lancaster) is shut and to let..

9 December

Lancaster Brewery Co: Lancaster Brewery have launched a new beer called "Redder" at 5.9% ABV for the Christmas period. The name is accurate if not inspired.

11 December

Mitchells: Mitchells of Lancaster, who got out of brewing eight years ago, have become brewers again with the acquisition of micro York Brewery (brewing within the city walls). York’s four pubs will join Mitchells existing 63. York beers will certainly become widely available in Mitchells pubs round here: how much this will be at the expense of other nearer breweries remains to be seen.

26 December

The Lord Nelson (Morecambe) (hitherto keg-only) is now selling a Brysons beer on handpump..

The Shovel (Carnforth) has axed its Boddingtons and now has four cask ales..

30 December

The Victoria (Morecambe) now has two cask ales..

31 December

The Greyhound (Halton) is to let..

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