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News Archive for 2010

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.

16 January

The Bowling Green (Lancaster) has a sign saying "under new management”but doesn’t seem to be open a lot..

The John O’Gaunt (Vale) is up for sale..

The Malt Shovel (Warton) has apparently changed hands..

The New Inn (Morecambe) has a new licensee who appears much more pro-cask ale than recent ones have been..

The Vine & Hops (Lancaster) appears to have reopened, but not all the time..

27 January

Change of licensee at:

The Bobbin (Lancaster) is closed. When it reopens it will be as a tenancy..

5 February

The Bowling Green (Lancaster) is reopening soon..

The Brockholes Arms (Claughton-on-Brock) is for sale..

The Vine & Hops (Lancaster) has reopened..

26 February

The bar at the Game Cock (Austwick) is to be extended backwards, keeping the character of the place, they say..

The Three Horseshoes (Ingleton) is shut and another tenant is being sought..

1 March

Charlestons (Morecambe) has changed its name to Decades

Change of licensee at:

15 March

The lease of the Snooty Fox (Kirkby Lonsdale) is for sale..

27 March

Change of licensee at:

The tenancy of the Moorlands (Lancaster) is being advertised..

Lancaster Brewery Co: Lancaster Brewery's expansion has reached the point where they need new premises: probably in Lancaster Leisure Park.

Brysons: George Palmer, head brewer at Brysons, is retiring very soon.

12 April

The Golden Ball (Snatchems) is to be sold by auction on 22 April..

The lease of the Lord Ashton (Lancaster) is for sale..

The Old Hall (Heysham) is to let..

The freehold of the Roof Tree (Middleton) is for sale..

The Station (Caton) is to let..

The Duke of Rothesay (Heysham) is to let..

The Fleece (Dolphinholme) is to let..

The Victoria (Glasson Dock) is to let..

The Three Horseshoes (Ingleton) is open again..

26 April

New tenants are due to arrive in the Punch Bowl (Bentham) in July..

The Slyne Lodge (Slyne) is soon to have a new conservatory..

8 May

Change of licensee at:

The tenant of the King’s Arms (Hale) has taken on the Fleece (Dolphinholme) ..

The Golden Ball (Snatchems) did not sell at auction. Mitchells may reopen it temporarily while they decide their next move..

There are signs of something happening at the Skerton (Lancaster) . Anyone know more?.

The former tenant of the Moorlands (Lancaster) has moved to the Station (Caton) ..

10 May

The freehold of the Bath (Morecambe) is up for sale..

The freehold of Varsity (Lancaster) is up for sale..

19 May

The is a plan (likely to go through) to replace the John O’Gaunt (Vale) with houses..

1 June

Nag’s Head (Lancaster) is changing its name to... the Nag’s Head! It’s to be a “Rock and Ale pub”..

6 June

The Nib (Warton) is shut again..

The Queen’s (Carnforth) is to let..

The Skerton (Lancaster) is to become a gas and electric showroom..

7 June

The Alley (Lancaster) has new signs saying “The Alley”, but it doesn’t seem to be open..

20 June

Bradford (Morecambe) .

19 July

Change of licensee at:

Walkabout (Lancaster) has been acquired by Lancaster Lounge .and Bars (Lounge, 1725, Hustle)..

22 July

Craig Wilkinson, longstanding chef-patron of the Bay Horse (Bay Horse) has bought the freehold from Mitchells..

The licensee of the Green Dragon (Galgate) has moved to the Fleece (Dolphinholme) ..

The Green Dragon (Galgate) is for sale..

The Royal (Kirkby Lonsdale) is reopening after a gap of many years..

The Battery (Heysham) is to let..

The Victoria (Morecambe) is to let..

23 July

The Clarendon (Morecambe) is for sale freehold..

The Mill Inn (Conder Green) is for sale freehold..

29 July

Change of licensee at:

20 August

Change of licensee at:

The Golden Ball (Snatchems) stays open till the Bank Holiday. There is no real ale on any more and the licensee is moving to the Blue Anchor at Bolton-le-Sands..

The Redwell (Gressingham) : Quite a lot of money has been spent here and it’s now light and airy à la Lunesdale Arms with an impressive array of pumps..

The Royal (Kirkby Lonsdale) has been upgraded to a high standard but the layout is the same with the bar on the right-hand side. There are four handpumps and at the time of visit dispensing Hawkshead Bitter, Copper Dragon Pippin, Thwaites Wainwright with a spare pump for a Guest Ale..

21 August

The Yates (Lancaster) has become a branch of Yates (as in wine lodges). This will be the third pub they have owned in the town — will it be any better than the others?.

15 September

Rastelli’s (Lancaster) has changed its name to Barbar Elephants

The Dalton Rooms (Lancaster) (formerly Walkabout) is open, with four handpumps..

30 September

The New Inn (Morecambe) is shut..

Thwaites: Thwaites are to allow a small number of their pubs to sell ales from other brewers. These will be obtained from other tied-house brewers by exchange — Batemans, Fullers, St Austell and Castle Rock are mentioned. The “foreign” beers will alternate with Thwaites seasonals. For some reason, none of the many Thwaites pubs in Lancaster and Morecambe are considered suitable. The ones involved locally are: Albion (Arnside), Game Cock (Austwick), Crown (Garstang), New Holly (Forton).

10 October

Change of licensee at:

The Bobbin (Lancaster) is being run by the owner of Mung Mee. It is intended to revert to a "cask ale/rock”pub..

The Fenwick Arms (Claughton) is to let..

The Nib (Warton) is to let..

The Golden Ball (Snatchems) is currently being kept open at weekends under the supervision of the licensee of the Three Mariners (Lancaster), while its future is decided. A small group of locals are trying to keep it open..

The Dalton Rooms (Lancaster) (formerly Walkabout) is open, with four handpumps..

10 November

The licensee of the Punch Bowl (Burton-in-Lonsdale) is hoping to buy it and turn it into a free house..

18 November

It seems that since the Bonfire Night success, the Golden Ball (Snatchems) has been closed. It’s in an auction on 7 Dec. What are Mitchells up to?.

11 December

Change of licensee at:

The Fenwick Arms (Claughton) is under new management (no longer Bowland Inns)..

The Golden Ball (Snatchems) did not sell at auction on 7 December. It is still shut..

The Morecambe (Morecambe) has reopened..

The Victoria (Morecambe) is up for sale freehold..

20 December

LAOne (Lancaster) has changed its name to Swank

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